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Qualifications for Candidacy on the Board

Board of Education 

A local Board of Education is an agency of New York State governed by New York state law and the regulations of the commissioner of education. The Massena Central School District Board of Education has the power to develop policies, rules and regulations for the operation of our school system.

There are nine residents on the Massena Board of Education who serve, without pay, for a five-year term, except where there may be a vacancy for an unexpired term. On the third Tuesday in May, members are elected to a five-year term of office.


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Qualifications for candidacy on the Board 

Those who run for membership on the Board of Education must:
  • Be able to read and write
  • Be a qualified voter of the district
  • Not necessarily have to be a taxpayer
  • Not be a family member of the Board of Education residing in the same household
  • Not be an employee of the school district
  • Be a resident of the district for at least one (1) year prior to their election
  • Cannot hold two incompatible public offices simultaneously
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age

Nominating Petitions 

Candidates must submit a petition to the district clerk signed by at least 25 qualified district voters, 30 days prior to the election. The petitions must include the following:
  • Candidate’s name and residence
  • Name, signature and residences of those signing the petition