Board Candidate Information
What Are the Qualifications?
In order to run for the Board a candidate must be able to read and write, be a qualified voter of the Liverpool Central School District, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and a resident of the District for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year.
A candidate 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 and may not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.
How Do I Become a Candidate for the Board?
Three board seats are open each year. Candidates must be elected by a simple majority of district resident voters.
Each April, petitions and information packets are available at the Liverpool Central Schools District Office at 195 Blackberry Road. Anyone wishing to run for the Board of Education is required to submit a completed nominating petition at least 30 days prior to the school district election which is held on the third Tuesday of May. Nominating petitions must be signed by district residents. The number of signatures required on the petition is based on the number of residents who voted the previous year. State law also requires candidates to file a sworn statement disclosing campaign expenses if expenses exceed $500.
The LCSD board also seats two student liaisons, both of whom are Liverpool High School seniors. One student is appointed to the position; the other is elected by his/her peers.
Student liaisons are required to successfully complete an interview process and must be approved by the Board.
What is the Role of a Board Member?
Board members are representatives of the community, stewards of district resources, advocates for public education and leaders of the district.
Board members’ major responsibilities include: setting a direction for the District by establishing goals, standards and strategies that are in alignment with district resources and policies; utilizing thorough deliberation of comprehensive data, and promoting open communication and transparency among Board, community and district.
The Board oversees the education of students and is responsible for district operations. It does not directly run the district’s day-to-day operations.
Each LCSD board members serves on at least one district committee and acts as a building liaison to the high school (grades 10-12) Annex (grade 9), middle schools (grades 7 & 8) and/or elementary schools (grades K- 6).
How Long is a Term of Office?
Each board term is three years long. Terms are staggered so no more than three board positions are open simultaneously. There is no limit to the number of board terms a person may serve.
When Does the Board Meet?
The LCSD Board is comprised of nine board members who meet twice a month at 7 p.m. from September through June. Meetings are held in the District Office Board Room at 195 Blackberry Road. Meetings are public and community residents are encouraged to attend.