• The Oriskany Central School District Board of Education is composed of seven unsalaried citizens elected to serve overlapping terms of three years each. At the end of a term, a Board member wishing to continue public service must be re-elected to another term. New York State Law does not limit the number of terms a member may serve.


    Board meeting dates and locations

    All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and are held in the District Administration Building unless otherwise noted. The schedule of regular meetings is established and published prior to the beginning of each school year. The Superintendent of Schools joins the board members at the meeting table. School administrators are also in attendance at board meetings.

    Board Actions

    The Board of Education is an agency of the State of New York and is charged with governing the School District, not with day-to-day administration. Within the powers delegated by law, the Board is the policy-making, or legislative branch of the School District. The Superintendent of Schools is the executive officer charged with responsibility for administering the schools within Board policy.
    The Board of Education is responsible for the general supervision of the schools. Although its members may not act individually, collectively they are responsible for all things done in the District. The Board exercises this responsibility by proper organization, delegation, and direction through policies adopted.

    Board Meetings
    A meeting of the Board of Education must be conducted in a specified manner because laws and regulations require legal actions and the following of formal procedures. Meetings are for the transaction of the business of your school district. Board members, as your elected officials, exercise their legislative authority. All formal actions of the Board must be conducted at a regular or special meeting. A vote of the majority of the Board is needed to pass resolutions.


    Meeting Agenda
    An advance agenda is prepared and submitted to the Board, local media, and school personnel. On the Friday preceding a Board meeting, Board members receive an explanation of the items on the agenda. This gives members time to study items before they have to make a voting decision at the meeting.
    Unless changed by a vote of the membership, the order of business at each Regular meeting is:

    a. Meeting Called to Order
    b. Pledge of Allegiance
    c. Consent Agenda:
       1. Approval of Minutes
       2. Financial Reports
       3. Approval of Audited Bills
       4. CSE/CPSE Recommendations
    d. Communications, Reports and Announcements:
       1. Additions/Deletions to Agenda
       2. Communications of the Board President
       3. Communications of the Superintendent
       4. Communications of the School Business Administrator
       5. Communications of the Building Principals
       6. Communication of the Directors
       7. Communications of the District Clerk
       8. Communications of the Board of Education
    e. Resident Participation: 30 minutes on any agenda or school-related item
    (5 minutes maximum per speaker)
    f. Old Business
    g. New Business

    h. Adjournment
    Public Involvement
    The public is encouraged to make its views known to the Board during the public hearing portions of the agenda. It should be pointed out that there is no legal requirement that the public be given this opportunity to speak at Board meetings. It is a procedure of the present Board of Education.
    Citizens wishing to speak are requested to identify themselves and then make a short statement. The Board of Education’s function is decision-making. It wants to hear the sentiments of the public to assist in these decisions, but questions about the operation of the schools should be directed to the teacher or administrator closest to the situation. Experience has shown this procedure works best.

    Although the Board wants the public aware and involved, it should be understood that all items on the agenda are important to the operation of the School District and must be acted upon. When the Board President curtails discussion on a topic, it is intended to ensure that the Board has sufficient time to address all other matters before it that evening.

    School Board Elections/Budget Vote Procedures
    School district residents vote on the school district budget and elect candidates to the Board of Education on the third Tuesday in May. Voting qualifications are as follows:
    You may vote if:

    1. You are a United States citizen;
    2. You are at least 18 years of age;
    3. You have been duly registered to vote.

    You may register to vote if:

    1. You are a United States citizen;
    2. You are at least 18 years of age;
    3. You are a resident of the School District for thirty days preceding the date of the election.

    Voters may cast their ballots at the annual school election, and other special referendums, at a polling location near their homes. Voting takes place at Oriskany Jr./Sr. High School.