2022 Prospective Board of Education Trustee Information
The Bedford Central School Districts annual Budget Vote and Trustee Elections will take place on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
There are three (3) vacant trustee seats on the board. Candidacy to run for the School Board must be declared by 5pm on Monday, April 18, 2022. The three (3) seats are each for a full term of three (3) years commencing on July 1, 2022 and expiring on June 30, 2025. All seats are at-large, meaning candidates do not run for specific seats. The three (3) present incumbents are Mr. John Boucher, Ms. Jessica Cambareri, and Ms. Beth Staropoli.
Candidate packets are available at the Administration Building on the Fox Lane Campus with the District Clerk, Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. You may also download the information using the links below. Nominating petitions must be filed with the District Clerk or her designee, by 5pm on Monday, April 18, 2022 at the Administration Building at 632 South Bedford Road, Bedford, NY 10506. The Central Administration Building will be open during spring break from Monday, April 11-Thursday, April 14 8am-3pm. The building will be closed on Friday, April 15 and will reopen on Monday, April 18.
All candidates must have the following qualifications:
- Must be able to read and write;
- Must be a US Citizen;
- Must be at least 18 years old;
- Must be a qualified voter of the school district;
- Must be a resident of the school district continuously for one year before the election;
- Must not reside in the same household with a family member who is already a member of the school board;
- May not be a current employee of the school district;
- May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.
In accordance with Section 2018 of the State Education Law, nominating petitions for this election require the signature of at least 51 people, which represents 2% of 2,547, the number of individuals who voted in the previous annual election of the members of the Board of Education. To identify a qualified signature, it must be legible. Please ask each signer to also PRINT his or her name, and the residence should be listed by location, not mailing address (i.e.,100 Bedford Road, not RR# or Box 123).
Each petition must be directed to the Office of the District Clerk of the School District, or her designee; must be signed by two percent of the 2,547 voters (51 signatures) who voted in the previous election; must state the residence of each signer; must be filed in the Office of the District Clerk/or her designee in the Administration Building on the Fox Lane Campus between the hours of 8am and 4pm on or before 5pm on Monday, April 18, 2022 and must state the name and residence of the candidate.
The filing deadline for nomination petitions is 5pm on Monday, April 18, 2022. Petitions should be brought to the District Clerk or her designee in the Administration Building on Fox Lane Campus. The Central Administration Building will be open during spring break from Monday, April 11-Thursday, April 14 8am-3pm. The building will be closed on Friday, April 15 and will reopen on Monday, April 18.
As required by State Education Law, Section 2032, a drawing by lot for position on the voting ballot shall be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 10am in the Administration Building. In the event any candidate is not present in person or is not represented by a person designated in a written proxy, the District Clerk is authorized to act as proxy.
Any candidate for election to the Board of Education must file sworn election expenditure and contribution statements with the District Clerk (and the Commissioner of Education in the event expenditures and/or contributions exceed $500) in accordance with the provisions of Article 32, Sections 1528 and 1529 of the Education Law. In addition, candidates must report, within 24 hours, any contribution or loan in excess of $1000 received by the candidate within five days prior to the election.
Filing deadlines are:
- Thirty days prior to the election: April 18, 2022 (first statement)
- Five days prior to the election: May 12, 2022 (second statement)
- Twenty days following the election: June 6, 2022 (third statement)
Please see the links below for helpful information from The New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA) and Westchester Putnam School Boards Association (WPSBA).
A Candidate Forum is being hosted by The League of Women Voters on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 7pm. Location TBD.