6.1 Annual District Meeting and Election/Budget Vote
Pursuant to law, the Annual District Meeting and Election/Budget Vote for the School District will be held on the third Tuesday in May. At this time, the District's registered voters will elect members of the Board of Education and will also vote on the District Budget for the upcoming school year. However, in the event that the third Tuesday in May conflicts with a religious holiday, the School Board may petition the Commissioner of Education to obtain permission to hold the Annual Meeting and Election/Budget Vote on the second Tuesday in May. Such request from the Board of Education must be certified and received by the Commissioner no later than March 1.
The District Clerk shall give notice of the time and place of holding the Annual Meeting and Election/Budget Vote by publishing such notice four (4) times within seven (7) weeks preceding the meeting. The first publication of the notice must be at least forty-five (45) days prior to the meeting. Such notice must appear in two (2) newspapers, if there are two (2) newspapers which have a general circulation within the District, or one (1) newspaper, if there is one (1) newspaper with a general circulation within the District. The notice shall also contain such other information as required by law.
The polling hours for the Annual District Meeting and Election/Budget Vote will normally be from 12 noon to 8:00 pm, unless otherwise published in required legal notice.
Copies of the proposed annual operating budget for the succeeding year to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting and Election shall be available to District residents, on request, in each District school building during certain designated hours on each day other than a Saturday, Sunday or holiday during the fourteen (14) days preceding such Annual Meeting. The availability of this budget information shall be included in a legal notice of the Annual Meeting; and such copies of the proposed budget will also be available to District residents at the time of the Annual Meeting and Election.
Conduct of School Votes and Elections
The Board will appoint a Chief Inspector and Inspectors from the St. Lawrence County Board of Election’s Poll Worker Master List to conduct school votes and elections.
The Chief Inspector will:
- Open the voting process, whether by machine or paper ballot;
- Oversee the voting process;
- Close the voting process; and
- Provide the report of the election results to the Board of Education.
The District Clerk will serve as the District liaison to the election inspectors and provide support as necessary to ensure a smooth and efficient election and vote.
The District Clerk will also report the results of the election and vote to the media and otherwise as required by law.
Education Law Sections 1608, 1716, 1804(4), 1906(1),
2002(1), 2003(1), 2004(1), 2017(5) and (6), 2022(1),
NOTE: Refer also to Policy #5160 -- Absentee Ballots