Deadline approaching for School Board candidates to file for June 9 election

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 May 2020 at 7:47 pm

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, candidates don’t need petitions signed by other people

The five school districts in Orleans County are accepting nomination letters for candidates on the Board of Education.

Normally a candidate needs to submit petitions signed by residents in the district. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, residents only need to submit a letter.

The election will be June 9, instead of the usual third Tuesday in May. The board elections and the budget vote will be conducted with absentee ballots. All ballots must be returned to the district offices by 5 p.m. on June 9 in order to be counted. All eligible voters will receive a ballot and a prepaid postage envelope to return it in.

ALBION – Albion has three board seats available this election. The individual with the most votes will serve from the election until June 30, 2025. The person with the second highest number of votes will serve from July 1, 2020 until June 30, 2025. The person with the third highest number of votes will serve the remaining term (approximately two years) of a seat vacated by a prior member’s resignation through June 30, 2022.

Individuals who wish to run for the Board of Education must submit a qualified nominating petition. This year, by Executive Order, signatures are not required on the nominating petitions which are due May 11.

Petitions and other information are available at the District Office (at the back of the elementary school) or by calling the District Clerk, Derek Vallese, at 589-2056. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays for cleaning.

HOLLEY – There are two seats open, currently filled by Robin Silvis and Andrea Newman. Anyone interested in running for the Board of Education must submit interest by 5 p.m. on May 11 to Connie Nenni, the district clerk, at Information must include interest, current address, and an acknowledgement of being qualified to run. Qualifications include being at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and have lived in the Holley Central School District for at least 30 days.

For questions, contact Nenni at 638-6316, ext. 2003.

Budget hearing: The annual budget hearing will be May 26 at 6 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing. A link to the meeting will be posted on the district website.

Ballots: Holley residents who are unsure if they will receive a ballot, are renting property within the Holley Central School District, have never registered with Orleans County Board of Elections, or recently turned 18 years old, please email to request an absentee ballot.

Please include each individual’s name and address in order to be mailed an absentee ballot. You do not have to be registered with Orleans County in order to receive a ballot, as long as you are considered qualified according to NYS Education Law. To be considered a qualified voter, you must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and have lived in the Holley Central School District for at least 30 days.

KENDALL – There are two openings on the BOE this year: one for a trustee position that is a five-year term and another for a three-year term.

Anyone who wishes to run for one of the two open seats must submit a letter of intent by May 11 to District Clerk Sherry Madison at Biographical information and a photo must be submitted to Ms. Madison by 5 p.m. May 7 to meet printing deadlines for the budget newsletter.

To run for a seat on the BOE, candidates must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older, a resident within the boundaries of the Kendall Central School District for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least 30 days immediately prior to June 9 .

Ballots: One absentee ballot will be mailed to voters’ homes and must be returned by 5 p.m. on June 9 to be valid. If you have more than one qualified voter in your household, please submit a request for the number of absentee ballots needed by emailing Sherry Madison at

LYNDONVILLE – There is one seat up for election in Lyndonville. The spot is currently filled by Kelly Cousins.

Candidates need to submit a self-nomination petition by 5 p.m. on May 11. Please contact Lori Lamay in the District Office for more information at 765-3101.

MEDINA – Medina has three seats on the BOE available. They are currently filled by William Keppler, Arlene Pawlaczyk and David Sevenski.

There is a form for candidates to fill out on the district website (click here). It should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on May 11 to District Clerk, Julie Kuhn, at by scan (or photo if necessary). This form may also be mailed or given to Julie Kuhn at One Mustang Drive, Medina, New York 14103 and so long as it is received by May 11, it will be considered.

The district’s budget presentation on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. via  A link to access the meeting and an email address to ask questions will be provided on the district website.

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