Voters to elect three board of education members

On May 19, Fayetteville-Manlius voters will choose three district residents to serve on the F-M Board of Education from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023.

Residents must collect 25 signatures from qualified school district voters to be placed on the ballot. Petitions will be available for pickup on March 2 and must be filed by 5 p.m. April 20 in the district clerk’s office, 8199 E. Seneca Turnpike, Manlius.

Contact District Clerk Sarah Gridley at 315-692-1200 for a nominating petition.

The F-M Board of Education is comprised of nine school district residents elected by voters. Each board member is elected to a three-year term. Board members are not financially compensated.

In addition to the elected members, the board includes a non-voting student member selected each year by the administration to serve a one-year term. The student, who must be an F-M High School senior, attends all public meetings and is allowed to participate in all public discussions.

The board of education is the official policy-making body of the school district. It is responsible for carrying out the laws and regulations pertaining to the education of children living within the district.

The board adopts district policy, curriculum, programs of study, and approves the hiring of all personnel, as well as establishing the conditions of employment. The board is also responsible for maintaining district facilities, establishing an annual budget and setting a tax levy.

To qualify for board membership, an individual:

  • Must be able to read and write;
  • Must be a qualified district voter;
  • Must be, and have been, a district resident for at least one year prior to the election, but need not be a taxpayer;
  • May be the only member of his/her household on the board;
  • May not be an employee of the board or school district;
  • May not simultaneously hold another public office, which has been determined by law, court ruling, or Commissioner’s decision to be incompatible; and
  • Must not have been removed from a school district elective office or employment within one year preceding the date of appointment or election to the board.

More information about becoming a school board member is available on the New York State School Board Association website.