Policy For School Board Elections

Number of Board Members to be Elected

The Board of Education, a body corporate, shall consist of nine (9) trustees elected at large by the qualified voters of the Plattsburgh School District, such members to serve for terms of three (3) years on an election rotation schedule. At the annual district meeting at least one (1) Board Member (but more than one when another vacancy may occur as the result of an unexpired term) shall be elected to take the place of one whose term of office expires. Click here to view a list of current Board of Education members.

Election Procedure

The annual school district election shall be held on the same day as the annual budget vote which shall be on the third Tuesday of May, unless the Board of Education requests certification from the Commissioner of Education that such date conflicts with religious observances, in which case the vote would be held on the second Tuesday in May.

Inspectors of Election

Inspectors of election shall be appointed by the Board of Education at least ten (10) days prior to each special or annual election. The Board shall appoint for each election district three (3) qualified voters to act as inspectors. Additional election inspectors may be appointed at the discretion of the Board.


Voting must be by printed ballot or on voting machines on all propositions that are required by law to be voted upon.

Notice of Election

The Board of Education shall cause a notice of the annual or a special school election to be advertised four (4) times within the seven (7) weeks preceding the date of the annual meeting to begin at least forty-five (45) days before the date of the annual meeting.

Nominating Procedure

Nomination for a member of the Board shall be by petition signed by at least one hundred (100) persons qualified to vote at school elections in the District. Such petition shall include the signers’ addresses and shall state the candidate’s name and address. Such petition shall be filed with the Clerk of the District between the hours of nine a.m. and five p.m. on or before the twentieth day preceding the day of the annual election. Board Candidate names will be drawn the following day, at 9:00 a.m., to determine the order names appear on ballot. The public is welcome to participate. Petition forms may be obtained at the District Office from the District Clerk.

Preparation of Calendar for Annual Election

The Superintendent of Schools shall be responsible for adhering to an election calendar, which shall be constructed by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee and shall identify the necessary annual election activities and delegate performance of each activity in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Education Law and Regulations, if any, adopted by the Board to implement this policy.

This policy supersedes existing policy 2120.
Revised and adopted: February 12, 1998

  • Must be able to read and write.
  • Must be a qualified voter of the district; that is, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years or older, and not adjudged an incompetent.
  • Must be and have been a resident of the district for at least one year prior to the election.
  • May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding one year.
  • May not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family.
  • May not be a current employee of the school board.
  • May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.

Note: The above are general qualifications, if you have a specific concern please contact the District Clerk.

  1. It is suggested you obtain a little more than the required number of signatures in case a signature is unable to be counted.
  2. All 100 signatures do not have to be on the same form – they just have to total at least 100.
  3. A person may sign more than one nominating petition (just not for the same candidate).
  4. You may return your petition anytime prior to the deadline. If anything was incomplete, etc. you might then have time to make any correction.

Any questions, please call the District Clerk Dawn Stetz at 957-6002.

Plattsburgh City School District does use a system of “personal registration,” so a person can enroll to vote. You can register with the Clinton County Board of Elections Office, 137 Margaret Street, Suite 104.

The deadline for registration is May 3, 2022, no later than 5:00 p.m.

For more information, you can call the district clerk at 957-6002 or the Clinton County Board of Elections at 565-4740.

Voter Registration Notice

Absentee ballots will be issued, upon request, to residents of Plattsburgh Central School District who will be out of town, unable to vote in person, or due to concerns related to COVID-19. If wanting an absentee ballot please complete the absentee ballot application first.

Completed applications must be received by the District Clerk not later than 4 p.m. on May 10, 2022, if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter. Applications can be mailed attention: District Clerk, Plattsburgh City School District, 49 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (they can also be hand delivered).

Completed applications received after 4 p.m. on May 10, 2022, will require the voter to personally appear at the Office of the District Clerk to receive an absentee ballot. Completed absentee ballots must be received in the office of the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m., May 17, 2022.

Please do not forget to seal and sign the absentee ballot envelope or it cannot be counted. If you have any questions, please call the district clerk at 957-6002.

Election Districts

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