District - Voting Information

GALWAY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND BUDGET VOTE/ELECTION

MAY 15, 2018 ELECTION


PUBLIC HEARING – MAY 3, 2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing of the qualified voters of the Galway Central School District, Galway, New York, will be held in the High School Library of said District on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:30 PM prevailing time, for the presentation of the budget document. The budget will be available for review seven days before the hearing in the District Office of the Galway Central School District.


BUDGET VOTE AND ELECTION - MAY 15, 2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the Annual School Election of the qualified voters of the Galway Central School District will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 between the hours of 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM prevailing time, in the Galway Jr./Sr. High School Gym, at which time polls will be opened to vote by electronic voting machine upon the following:


BUDGET

PROPOSITION #1: Shall the proposed budget of expenditures for the Galway Central School District for the 2018-2019 school year in the amount of $21,500,482 and for the purposes shown in the statement of estimated expenditures adopted by the Board of Education, be approved and the amount thereof be raised by a levy of a tax upon the taxable property of the school district, after first deducting monies available from State Aid and other sources as provided by law?


BUS PURCHASE

PROPOSITION #2: Shall the Board of Education of the Galway Central School District be authorized to: (1) Acquire one school bus at a maximum aggregate cost not to exceed
$118,000 and expend such sum for such purpose; (2) Acquire two minivans at a maximum aggregate cost not to exceed $86,000; (3) Expend an amount not to exceed $204,000 of the district’s unassigned fund balance to pay for the acquisition of these vehicles?


BOARD OF EDUCATION VACANCIES

To elect one members to the Board of Education to fill one vacancy. Each vacancy is a four-year term of office that begins on July 1, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2022.  Joan Slagle is seeking re-election and will appear on the ballot unopposed. This four-year term of office begins on 7/1/18 and ends on 6/30/22.


STATEMENT OF MONEY REQUIRED TO FUND BUDGET

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required to fund the School District’s budget for 2018-19 may be obtained by any resident of the District during business hours beginning Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in the District Office of Galway School.

PETITIONS FOR SEAT ON THE BOARD OF EDUCATION / BOARD VACANCY INFORMATION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education shall be filed with the Clerk of said School District at her office located in the Galway Jr./Sr. High School, 5317 Sacandaga Road, Galway, NY no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, April 16, 2018. Each petition shall be directed to the Clerk of the District; be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the District; must state the residence of each signer, and must state the name and residence of the candidate. The petition shall describe the length of the term of office and contain the name of the last incumbent. All seats are “at large” which means that each nominee is eligible for every vacancy rather than only for a specific seat.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that applications for absentee ballots are obtainable during school business hours from the District Clerk. Completed applications must be received by the District Clerk at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5:00 PM on Election Day on May 15, 2018.


REGISTRATION OF VOTERS – MAY 1, 2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that personal registration of voters is required. Anyone who wishes to vote must register if they are not a registered voter. Personal registration for district voters who have not voted in school or town elections during the past four years will be held on May 1, 2018 from 7:30 – 3:30 P.M. in the Office of the District Clerk located in the Galway Jr./Sr. High School. If a voter has heretofore registered pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law and has voted at an annual or special district meeting within the last four (4) calendar years, he/she is eligible to vote at this election; if a voter is registered and eligible to vote under Article 5 of the Election Law, he/she is also eligible to vote at this election.


The Board of Registration will meet for the purpose of registering all qualified voters of the district pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law at the Galway Central School District, on May 1, 2018 between the hours of 7:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M., and to add any additional names to the Register to be used at the aforesaid election, at which time any person will be entitled to have his or her name placed on such Register, provided that at such meeting of the Board of Registration he or she is known or proven to the satisfaction of said Board of Registration to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at such election for which the register is prepared.


The register so prepared pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law will be filed in the Office of the Clerk of the School District at Galway School, and will be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the District beginning on May 1, 2018 between the hours of 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM, prevailing time, on weekdays, and each day prior to the day set for the election except on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and at the polling place on the day of the vote.

FILING OF REFERENDA OR PROPOSITIONS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to a rule adopted by the Board of Education in accordance with 2035 and 2008 of the Education law, any referenda or propositions to amend the budget, or otherwise to be submitted for voting at said election, must be filed with the Board of Education at the Administration Building of Galway School, located in the Board of Education Room of the Jr./Sr. High School no later than 30 days before the Annual Budget Vote at 4:00 P.M. prevailing time; must be typed or printed in the English language; must be directed to the Clerk of the School District; must be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the District; and must state the name and residence of each signer. However, the School board will not entertain any petition to place before the power of the voters to determine, or any proposition which fails to include a specific appropriation where the expenditures of monies is required by the proposition.

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MAY 15, 2018 ELECTION INFORMATION

One Vacancy on the Board of Education

Galway Central School has one vacancy on its Board of Education. Each are four year terms of office that begin on July 1, 2018 and end on June 30, 2022. This seat is currently held by Joan Slagle whose term expires on June 30, 2018. 

At the end of a term, a Board member wishing to continue public service must be re-elected to another term. New York State Law does not limit the number of terms a member may serve.

The Galway Central School District Board of Education is composed of seven unsalaried citizens. Board of Education work sessions are generally held on the second Thursday of the month. Board meetings are usually on the fourth Thursday of each month. There are also special meetings called from time to time. The schedule of meetings is established prior to the beginning of each school year and is available on the District’s website and calendar. 

The Board of Education is an agency of the State of New York and is charged with governing the School District, not with day-to-day administration. Within the powers delegated by law, the Board is the policy-making, or legislative branch of the School District. The Superintendent of Schools is the executive officer charged with responsibility for administering the schools within Board policy.

The Board of Education is responsible for the general supervision of the schools. Although its members may not act individually, collectively they are responsible for all things done in the District. The Board exercises this responsibility by proper organization, delegation, and direction through policies adopted.

A meeting of the Board of Education must be conducted in a specified manner because laws and regulations require legal actions and the following of formal procedures. Meetings are for the transaction of the business of the school district. Board members, as elected officials, exercise their legislative authority. All formal actions of the Board must be conducted at a work session or meeting of the Board of Education. A vote of the majority of the Board is needed to pass resolutions.

Individuals seeking election to the Board of Education at the May 15, 2018 annual school election must submit a petition to the District Clerk with a minimum of 25 signatures from district residents. Completed petitions must be submitted to the District Clerk no later the 5:00 PM on Monday, April 16, 2018. To obtain a petition, or to ask questions, please contact the District Clerk at (518) 882-1033 Ext. 3224.

To qualify for membership on a school board, an individual:

  • 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 a convicted felon or adjudged an incompetent; (Note: a convicted felon is barred from running for a seat on the Board of Education if his/her maximum prison sentence has not expired or if he/she has not been pardoned or discharged from parole).

  • Must be and have been a resident of the district for at least one year, but need not be a taxpayer

  • May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding one year, or the preceding three years in the case of New York City community school board members removed for malfeasance or criminal conviction while serving as a member of a community school board

  • 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

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