Prospective Board Member Packet

Prospective Board Members  Information


New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) provides information for community members about being on a school board.  For a full list of the publications, please go to NYSSBA website

NYSSBA -New School Board Member Handbook

NYSSBA - Running for the School Board

NYSSBA - 2024 Running for the School Board:  What all prospective school board members should know

NYSSBA - The School Board Member Experience -
If you’re thinking about running for the board, not sure yet, or just got elected, then you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find a wealth of information about school board service – from considering whether or not to be a school board candidate, to running for school board, to serving your first term.

Dutchess County School Boards Association (DCSBA) Sponsored Workshop - Scheduled for Saturday, March 16th at the DC BOCES Conference Center.  Registration is requested, no fee.  

Prospective School Board Members Workshop - Anyone considering running for election to a local school board is invited to attend this annual workshop.  Current school board members and a superintendent of schools will join a school attorney to give a broad perspective of the role of a school board member.  There is no fee for this workshop, however, registration is requested. 

Becoming a School Board Member (Zoom Meeting) - April 10, 2024 @ 7:00 pm 
On Wednesday, April 10, 7 PM the local area League of Women Voters (LWV of the Mid-Hudson Region) is presenting a Zoom presentation on how to become a school board candidate and what board service entails. It will feature Jay Worona, deputy executive director and general counsel for the New York State School Boards Association; LWV-MHR member Nora Scherer, a former school board president in Kingston; a school district clerk; and several current or retired school board members. Mr. Worona will give a brief overview of the role of a board member, training requirements, and other issues to consider. Brief remarks from the other guests will follow, shedding light on what being a board member is like and what it was like to run. A school district clerk, who manages the process locally, will share the nuts and bolts of what you need to do to become a candidate. Finally there will be an audience Q & A with all the speakers. For questions, contact Dare Thompson, President of League of Women Voters of the MidHudson Region email: [email protected], or by phone 845-236-3074/945-591-3445.  All are welcome including people who just want to know more about how school boards function.

Meeting ID: 827 0283 7452
Passcode: 878977

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Prospective Board Member Packets are now available at the District Office located at BMS/RHS building at 45 N. Park Road, Rhinebeck. 

The Candidate Petition is due by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 22, 2024.  

If you have any questions, please contact the District Clerk, Whitney Druker at 845-871-5520 ext. 5522

For the 2024-25 School Budget Vote and Election there are two (2) board seats open for a three-year term. 

Board of Education Candidates Running for Election Information (will be updated after 4/22).