Two South Colonie Board of Education vacancies to be filled in May

Election Overview

The South Colonie Board of Education is made up of nine volunteer citizens who are each elected on the third Tuesday in May each year to serve five-year terms. 

A school board member takes on one of the most important citizen responsibilities: overseeing the education of the community’s youth. School boards are comprised of volunteers within the community who dedicate their time to better public education. The Board of Education oversees and manages the community’s public school system. It ensures the public schools are flexible and responsive to the needs of the community. Election to the Board of Education is an extremely important responsibility.

Board Vacancies

The following Board of Education vacancies are set to be filled in the upcoming election on May 21, 2024.

    • Member for five (5) year term expiring June 30, 2029 to succeed David Kiehle seat. Member for five (5) year term expiring June 30, 2029 to succeed James T. Ryan seat.

Petitions

Petitions nominating candidates for the office of a member of the Board of Education are available to qualified District residents and may be picked up at the District Office, 102 Loralee Drive, Albany, NY between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Please call the District Clerk at 869-3576, ext. 0442 to schedule an appointment.  

Petitions for the nomination of a Candidate for the Board of Education should be filed in the office of the District Clerk during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), not later than the thirtieth (30) day preceding the school election at which the Candidates nominated are to be elected.

Deadline for petitions

Monday, April 22, 2024 by 4 p.m.

Lottery 

The lottery for all Candidates who have filed a petition on or before Monday, April 22, 2024 will be held in-person on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 3:30 p.m. 

If you are unable to attend, you should designate, in writing, a representative who may attend on your behalf and participate in the lottery. If this is not possible, the District Clerk shall be authorized to act as proxy and you will be notified of your position on the ballot following the lottery. 

Running for the Board

    • A Candidate may only be nominated to one seat.
    • Each petition must be directed to the District Clerk, must be signed by at least twenty-six (26) qualified voters of the District (at least 25 signatures or equal to two percent of the voters who voted in the previous annual election, whichever is greater). For 2023 each petition must be signed by at least twenty-six (26) qualified voters of the District.  
    • Must state the name and residence of the Candidate.
    • Must describe the specific vacancy for which the Candidate is nominated, including at least the length of the term of office and the name of the last incumbent.
    • Each petition must be filed with the District Clerk; the final deadline for petitions nominating candidates is April 22, 2024 at 4 p.m.

Please call Amber Lanigan, District Clerk at 869-3576, ext. 0442, if you are interested in running for one of the seats open for nomination this year.

Learn more about running for the Board of Education here.