Got what it takes? A quick guide to becoming a school board member?

CHENANGO COUNTY – With elections coming up Wednesday, May 16, local school administrators and school board members say a person doesn’t need to be any sort of educational, financial, or administrative expert to run for a spot on a Board of Education. Rather, all that’s required is expertise – or interest – in being an involved citizen.

What is a Board of Education?

According to the New York state School Board Association, a Board of Education is much like a corporate Board of Directors. But instead of guiding a company, a BOE is often a seven member group that helps develop and guide the future of a school system; acting as the eyes, ears and voice for the community that pays for – and ultimately benefits from – public education.

What does a Board of Education do?

First and foremost, a successful board acts as a team, NYSSBA and members of area BOEs contend. The goal is to work with – and oversee – a district’s superintendent to insure that student needs and public needs are being met.

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