Board of Education

2019-2020 Board of Education

Paul O'Connor, President (2023)
Diane Smith, Vice-President (2022) 
Brian Wood (2020) 
Betty Robinson (2024)
Georgia Gonzalez (2020) 
Maddisyn Mackrell, Student Representative (2020) 

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):

Running for the School Board

Are you interested in running for the Otselic Valley Central School District Board of Education? Find more information below, at and at "What All Prospective School Board Members Should Know."
Be sure to review the 2020-2021 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. Due to extended school closures directed by the Governor during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, voters are expected to  choose someone to fill upcoming vacant seats on the new election date:  June 2, 2020 (subject to change pending Governor's directives).
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. Because social distancing is required to prevent further spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19, please do not go door-to-door soliciting signatures. 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 materials to Mrs. Burpee in order to be placed on the 2020 ballot will be May 4, 2020. 

Proposed 2019-2020 Board of Education meeting schedule

Meetings of the Otselic Valley Central School District Board of Education are held in the mirrored cafeteria and are open to the public:
MONDAY, July 1, 2019: Organizational Meeting
TUESDAY, July 16, 2019: Regular Board Meeting
TUESDAY, August 20, 2019: Regular Board Meeting 
Thursday, September 19, 2019: Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, October 17, 2019: Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, November 21, 2019: Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, December 19, 2019: Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, January 16, 2020: Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, February 27, 2020: Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, March 19, 2020: Regular Board Meeting
TUESDAY, April 14, 2020: Special Meeting to adopt the proposed budget
MONDAY, April 20, 2020: B O C E S Vote and Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, May 7, 2020: Annual Budget Hearing
Thursday, May 19, 2020: Budget Vote and Board Member Election/Regular Board Meeting
TUESDAY, June 23, 2020: Regular Board Meeting 
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