In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
The executive order establishes a timeline of actions that schools must undertake leading up to this date, including sending an absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope to all qualified voters. Qualified voters are defined as U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older and have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote.
Qualified voters on the most recent years’ poll lists will automatically be sent an absentee ballot. Anyone who meets the definition of a “qualified voter,” but does not believe he/she will be on the district’s poll list, which contains the names of residents who voted in recent years’ elections, please contact the District Clerk, Jennifer Bardin, by email at email@example.com as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of an absentee ballot for the 2020 annual meeting/election.
Following budget adoption, the district will make the proposed budget available to the public, hold a budget hearing (which will take place remotely), and mail a budget notice to all residents after the budget hearing. This procedure is no different than other years except for the hearing being held remotely.
Additionally, the executive order calls for districts to send each qualified voter a postcard with the date of the election, the date of the budget hearing and the definition of a qualified voter.
The district is continuing to review the details of the executive order and will share more information, including the date of the public budget hearing, as soon as possible.
Board of Education Election
The order also waived the minimum signature threshold for board of education candidates and states that candidates must meet all of the other requirements to run for the board. These include:
being a resident of the district and have lived in the district for at least one year prior to the election date
being 18 years of age or older,
not hold any other public office,
not reside with any other school board member of the same board, and
not being a current employee of the school.
There is one seat open on the board. To run for a seat on the Corinth Board of Education, residents must pick up a petition between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Corinth Bus Garage. Petitions must be returned by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 11. Late petitions may not be accepted. The Bus Garage will remain open until 5 p.m. on Monday, May 11. If you have additional questions, please contact Jennifer Bardin at firstname.lastname@example.org.