Board of Education

2019-2020 Board of Education

Mr. Gregory Brown, Vice-President (2021)
Mrs. Cynthia Neal, Member (2025)
Mrs. Betty Robinson, Member (2024)
Ms. Diane Smith, Member (2022) 
Mr. Kevin Springer, Member (till May 18, 2021 school board election)

UPDATE: At the February 25, 2021 special Board of Education meeting, Kevin Springer of South Otselic was appointed to fill a seat until the next election which is May 18, 2021. At that time, a person will be voted in to fill the unexpired term of Paul O'Connor which expires on June 30, 2023. The  newly elected board member's service will begin after all votes are tabulated and they are sworn in.


Board of Education Meeting Minutes Information

Board of Education meeting minutes are now available through BoardDocs, an electronic service that makes it easier to post and retrieve meeting minutes, agendas, and schedules.  Content on BoardDocs is also accessible for those needing assistive devices to read websites.
You can directly access BoardDocs at this link (which is also found on the top right menu on this page): https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/ovcs/Board.nsf/Public

Running for the School Board

Are you interested in running for the Otselic Valley Central School District Board of Education? Find more information at Running for the School Board and What All Prospective School Board Members Should Know.
Be sure to review the 2021-2022 Annual Budget Calendar for important dates.

Open seats

At Otselic Valley the board of education (also called the "school board") has 5 members, and each year at least one seat is open for election. At the annual budget vote on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, district residents will be able to vote:

  • to elect one member of the Board of Education for a 5-year term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring on June 30, 2026 and to succeed Gregory Brown, whose term expires on June 30, 2021, and 
  • to elect one member of the Board of Education for a 2-year term commencing May 18, 2021 and expiring on June 30, 2023 and to fill the unexpired term of Paul O'Connor, whose term expires on June 30, 2023.

What does a Board of Education do?

The school board is "a corporate body that oversees and manages a public school district's affairs, personnel, and properties...and...its members are elected by the residents of the school district that the board oversees" (School Law, 36th edition, p. 45).

A regular schedule of board meetings is set annually, although board members also attend special board meetings throughout the year as they are called. Meetings are conducted using parliamentary procedure, and minutes are maintained by the District Clerk. School board member training and resources are provided by the District.

Eligibility to run for election

To qualify for membership, an individual must fulfill the following criteria (School Law, 36th edition, p. 63):

  • Must be able to read and write
  • Must be a qualified voter of the district (a citizen of the US, at least 18 years old, not judged to be incompetent or ineligible
  • Must be and have been a resident (though not necessarily a taxpayer) of the district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately before the election
  • May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding 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

I want to run for the school board so how do I begin?

Contact Mrs. Gail Burpee, District Clerk ([email protected]; 315-653-7218, ext. 4042). The required paperwork will include a nomination petition form on which you must collect at least 25 signatures of those supporting your candidacy. Petition forms are available in the district office, or you may download and print your own (see below). You are also asked to submit a bio to be published in the budget newsletter.

The deadline to submit completed candidate materials to Mrs. Burpee in order to be placed on the ballot will be Monday, April 19, 2021 at 5 pm.

Proposed 2019-2020 Board of Education meeting schedule

Meetings of the Otselic Valley Central School District Board of Education for 2020-2021 are expected to be open to the public via Zoom (a videoconferencing platform accessible on computers, smartphones, and tablets).  Unless announced otherwise, meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Zoom links are typically released on the afternoon of each meeting.
Thursday, 7/2/20: Reorganizational Meeting
Tuesday, 7/21/20: Special Meeting (Sup search process) @6 pm;  Public Hearing (Code of Conduct) @6:45 pm, Regular Meeting (7 pm)
Tuesday, 8/11/20: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 9/17/20: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 10/22/20: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 11/29/20: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 12/17/20: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 1/21/21: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 2/18/21: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 3/18/21: Regular Meeting
Tuesday, 4/15/21: Regular Meeting
Tuesday, 4/27/21:  BOCES Vote
Thursday,  5/6/21: Budget Hearing
Tuesday, 5/18/21:  Budget Vote
Tuesday,  6/8/21: Regular Meeting 
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