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Voters to elect one Board of Education member; term starts July 1, 2024

Poland voters will choose one district resident on May 21 to serve on the Poland Board of Education. The seat is for a five-year term from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2029.


The one candidate on the ballot will be Megan Dischiavi.


Residents who wish to run for a seat on the school board each school year must collect at least 25 signatures from qualified school district voters, in order to have their names on the ballot. 


Petitions had be dropped off at the district clerk’s office, 74 Cold Brook Street, Poland, NY 13431 by 5 p.m. April 22, 2024.


The Poland Board of Education is composed of seven school district residents elected by voters. Each board member is elected to a five-year term. Board members are not financially compensated. 


The board is the official policy-making body of the school district. It is responsible for carrying out the laws and regulations pertaining to the education of students within the district. The board establishes district policy, reviews curriculum and programs of study, and approves the hiring of all personnel, as well as establishing the conditions of employment. The board is also responsible for developing an annual budget for public approval.


To qualify for school board membership, an individual:


  • Must be a qualified voter of the school district;

  • Must be able to read and write;

  • Must be a resident of the district for at least one year prior to the election;

  • May not be employed by the board on which they intend to serve;


More information about becoming a school board member is available on the New York State School Board Association website.