Board Elections

Board Elections

About the Board of Education

The members of New York’s local school boards are an invaluable resource as local decision-makers. They respond to the respective needs of their communities, serving the interests of school children and preparing them for the future.

The men and women elected by the people of New York as members of school boards devote many hours of service to public education and continually strive for improvement, quality and progress in education.

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

Individuals are eligible for election to the Board if they are qualified voters of the district (district resident, U.S. citizen, 18 and older) and can read and write. New York State Education Law does not limit the number of terms of office a member may serve. Board members receive no salaries or other compensation.

Two or three seats on the Board are up for election every year. Voting on candidates for Board membership takes place at the budget vote and board election in May. Board nomination petitions become available each March each year. 

February 8, 2023

Running for a seat on the Board of Education

Board petitions & qualifications

Petitions to run for three available positions on the Warwick Valley Central School District Board of Education will be available on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 in the District Office (Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center) at 225 West Street Extension between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The petitions are required to be returned by 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2023.

Eligibility for election to the board

Each candidate or member of the Board of Education shall:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a qualified voter of the district
  • Be a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to the election
  • NOT be an employee of the school district
  • NOT hold office if a member of his/her family is a member of the board
  • NOT simultaneously hold another incompatible office (e.g., town supervisor)
  • NOT have been removed from a school district office within one year of election

For more information, contact the clerk of the Board of Education, Susan Laroe, at

Interested in school board service?

Orange County School Boards Association (OCSBA) to hold free Workshops for Prospective School Board Members on the following dates:

In Person Event

Saturday, March 11, 2023 (RSVP by March 3, 2023)
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
OU-BOCES (Carl Onken Conference Center)
53 Gibson Road, Goshen

Virtual Event

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 (RSVP by March 17, 2023)
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Orange County School Boards Association invites anyone interested in serving on their local school board of education to attend this workshop and learn about the roles, responsibilities, and realities of school board service.

  • Legal and practical qualifications for serving on a school board
  • Roles and responsibilities of a school board member
  • Time commitment and types of decisions made by school boards

Click here for an event flier.

Mandated Training for New School Board Members In School District Governance
Chapter 388 of the Laws of 2010

Presented by…
The Orange County School Boards Association in collaboration with Orange-Ulster BOCES, and Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP


Part 1: Tuesday, June 13, 2023

  • 5:30 pm Registration/Sign-In/Light Supper
  • 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm Training Program

Part 2: Thursday, June 15, 2023

  • 5:30 pm – Registration/Sign-In/Light Supper
  • 6:00 pm-9:15 pm Training Program

Carl P. Onken Conference Center at Orange-Ulster BOCES – 53 Gibson Road, Goshen, NY 12533.
The Conference Center is located behind the Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) Building.

You must complete Part 1 and Part 2 (6 hours) to fulfill the legal mandate and receive a certificate of completion. A copy of your certificate will be provided to your District Clerk for audit purposes. Payment must be received before a certificate is issued.

Fee: $110.00 per person
Includes six hour training (Parts 1 & 2), registration costs and materials, meals, refreshments, and certificates. 


Please notify your District Clerk if you plan to attend. Your District Clerk will make your reservation, and you will receive confirmation from OCSBA.

ATTENTION DISTRICT CLERKS: Reservations must be received by Tuesday, June 6, 2023. Please contact Karyn Meier to reserve your Board Trustee’s training spot. 

Register by email:

Register by phone: 845-325-9244


Download a copy of the event flier here.