The Hornell Board of Education is made up of seven 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.
Responsibilities of a School Board Member
- Create a shared vision for the future of education.
- Set the direction of the school district to achieve the highest student performance.
- Provide rigorous accountability for student achievement results.
- Develop a budget and present it to the community, aligning District resources to improve achievement.
- Support a healthy school district culture for work and learning.
- Create strategic partnerships with the community stakeholders.
- Build the District’s progress through continuous improvement.
- Adopt and maintain current policies.
- Ratify collective bargaining agreements.
- Maintain strong ethical standards.
In order to qualify to run for a seat on the Hornell Board of Education, you must meet the following requirements:
- A citizen of the United States;
- Eighteen years of age or older;
- Able to read and write;
- A legal resident of the District for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year prior to the election;
- Cannot be an employee of the Hornell City School District;
- The only member of his/her family (that is, cannot be a member of the same household) on the Hornell City School District Board;
- May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office, including, but not limited to superintendent, clerk, tax collector, treasurer or librarian, or an employee of the Board.
- A Board member of a BOCES may not be employed by any of that BOCES’ component districts.
- In small city school districts, Board members may not hold any city office other than that of police officer or firefighter.
- Must not have been removed from a school district office within one year preceding the date of appointment or election to the Board.
Candidate Nominating Petitions
Qualified residents who are interested in running for the Hornell Board of Education may pick up contact the office of the District Clerk at Carol Eaton. All school board candidate nominating petitions must be filed with the District Clerk.
Any questions related to running for the Board of Education may be directed to Carol Eaton, District Clerk at 607-324-1302 x 1450.