School Budget 2020-2021
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting and General Election typically held each year on the third Tuesday in May is hereby postponed until June 9, 2020 and all voting will be conducted via "absentee ballots" distributed to all eligible district residents. More information on the Executive Order 202.26 is available HERE.
All School Board Elections and Budget Votes Will Be Conducted by Mail
May 1, 2020: In an effort to keep New Yorkers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued an executive order delaying school board elections and budget votes statewide until June 9, 2020. The school board elections and budget votes will all be conducted by mail and all qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot with return postage paid.
Clarification of Absentee Ballot Voting and Security of Ballot Counting
- As ballots are received by the district, the name and address are being checked against the tax rolls to ensure the property/person belongs to the Oriskany School District.
- Education Law provides that an envelope containing a returned absentee ballot is not to be opened until a determination is made that there is no reason for rejecting the ballot, which could happen if, for example, the voter fails to provide the signature required by law to appear on the envelope containing the ballot.
- Once such a determination is made, the election inspectors, and only the election inspectors, in front of the District Clerk, Superintendent and BOE members, will then open the envelope and place the ballot without unfolding it, into the proper ballot box. As a result, at the time of counting, the ballots will not be linked to the envelope in which they were returned, keeping the anonymity of the vote intact.
- Ballots will be double-counted by two different election inspectors, entered on a tally sheet, and totaled and will then be double-counted by two different election inspectors as well.
Announcement of Open Seats
There are three Board of Education seats up for election at the June 9, 2020 vote. The terms of Carl Graziadei, Therese Hanna, and Brian Judycki are expiring on June 30, 2020, and their seats are up for election. Board members serve a three-year term.
Residents who are interested in running for the Board may obtain a petition packet on our website, by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or may request via telephone at 315-768-2051. Petitions must be filed with the District Clerk by Monday, May 11, 2020, at 5 pm.
DEADLINE FOR FILING NOMINATING PETITIONS
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that petitions for nominating candidates for office must be filed in the District Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on May 11, 2020. Under NYS Governor Executive Order No. 202.26, there is no minimum threshold of signatures required on a nominating petition this year. Candidates must:
- Be able to read and write.
- Be a qualified voter of the District. A qualified voter of the District is a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age or older and not adjudged to be incompetent.
- Be and have been a resident of the District for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately before the election.
- Have not been removed from any school district office within the preceding year.
- Not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family.
- Not be a current employee of the school board.
- Not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.
Click HERE for the nomination packet.Mandated TrainingNew Board of Education members are required to attend two separate training sessions. More details will be provided after the election.
Oriskany ballots are in the mail and should be received early the week of June 1. Please know this was posted on the VVS website on Sunday, May 31, 2020: