Running for the Board of Education

Each year the Board of Education election takes place on the date of the budget vote, the third Tuesday of May. This year, the statewide election and budget vote will take place Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Voters will elect two board members to three year terms this year. The seats currently held by board members Matt Sullivan and Bonnie Couture will expire on June 30.

Members of the Board of Education are elected by the voters of the district to establish policy and direct the administration of our schools.

Qualifications of Board of Education Members

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Able to read and write.
  • Resident of the district continuously for one year before the election.
  • Members cannot be employed by the school district or live in the same household with a family member who is also a member of the same school board.

New York State Education Law does not limit the number of terms of office a member may serve. Board members serve volunteer, three-year terms. They receive no salary or other compensation.

Learn more about being a school board member.


Nominating Petitions

Nominating petitions are required to be submitted by all who wish to run for the Board of Education and can be picked up at the beginning of March from the District Clerk Lori Maves.

The nominating petition must include signatures of 25 qualified district voters and returned to the district clerk. This year’s deadline is April 22 at 5 p.m.

Ms. Maves’ office is located in the District Office at 112 Old Johnstown Road, Fonda, NY. Please consult with the district clerk for exact deadlines. 


Campaign Expenditures & Contributions Form

All candidates must file three “Statement of Campaign Expenditures & Contributions” forms, by the due dates listed on the forms. These forms are available through the District Clerk Lori Maves at lmaves@ffcsd.org.


Date of Drawing to Determine Petition Names on Ballot

The position of a candidate’s name on the ballot is determined by random drawing in mid-April. This year, the drawing will be held April 23 at 9 a.m.