School board petitions available March 1

Nominating petitions for school board candidates will be available at the Herkimer Central School district office beginning March 1.

There are two vacancies to be filled on the seven-member board. Kenneth Brinck and Diann Fischer are not running for re-election on the board. Both positions are for three-year terms, to serve from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2020. The election will be held during the school budget vote on May 16. More information, including information about voter eligibility and absentee ballots, is available on the district’s Budget page.

Interested candidates have until 5 p.m. Monday, April 17, to submit nominating petitions. Each petition must be directed to the Clerk of the District, must 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.

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To be eligible to run for a seat on the Herkimer Board of Education, candidates must be U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old, who have lived within the district for at least one straight year before the election, and who can read and write.

Candidates cannot be employees of Herkimer Central School District, hold another public office such as superintendent, clerk, tax collector or librarian, or share a household with a current board member. Board candidates also cannot have been removed from any school district office within the year before the date of appointment or election to the board.

For more information about serving on the board of education, call Superintendent Robert J. Miller at 866-2230.