Horseheads Board of Education
Board meetings are currently being held virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. When a board meeting is in session, it can be livestreamed here.
Beginning with the January 21, 2021 meeting, the Board will allow live comments during the question and comment section of the meeting, following a strict procedure to adhere to safety precautions. Following is the procedure for those who wish to comment live:
- Please arrive at 5:50 pm at the designated location for the board meeting.
- Check in, complete health screening, and follow all school safety protocols.
- Use the established socially distanced, remote computer connection to participate.
- Follow Board of Education Policy 2370 for Public Participation at Board Meetings.
- Adhere to participation time limits.
- Please check out and leave the premises upon commenting so that others may comment and the meeting may continue.
The current location for board meetings is the High School Auditorium, using the 401 Fletcher Street entrance. Meeting dates, locations, and agendas may be found here. Final information on these details will be posted at the same time the monthly Board of Education Agenda is made public.
Please note that failure to meet the health screening requirements or adhere to safety protocols will restrict the individual from entering and/or remaining on school property and speaking to the Board of Education.
Residents may also submit questions ahead of the board meeting to email@example.com.
Meetings are also recorded; links to recordings are posted below.
Board Meeting Recordings
2020-21 School Year:
July 31, 2020 Special Meeting (please note: there are technical difficulties at the 2:05 mark on this video)
October 21, 2020 Emergency meeting to discuss Governor's designation of orange zone within Chemung County
October 22, 2020 Continuation of emergency meeting
2019-20 School Year:
The Horseheads Central School District Board of Education is made up of nine district residents elected by the community and one non-voting student representative. Elected members serve three-year terms. The student representative, who is a senior and a student in the district for at least two years, serves a one-year term and is a non-voting member of the board. Board members receive no salary for their service.
By law, the Board of Education is entrusted with the responsibility of developing policies under which the district is managed. The powers and duties of the Board are as stated in the Education Law and other applicable New York State law.
The Horseheads Board of Education meets monthly, usually on the fourth Thursday of the month, with additional meetings scheduled as needed. Throughout the school year, the Board meets at each school in the district. Additional meetings are held in the Multi-Media Center (High School South Wing). Click here for the board meeting schedule.
The public is invited to all board meetings. In addition to the public session of the meeting, the board frequently adjourns to executive session, which because of the nature of their discussion, is closed to the public. By law, any discussion of particular personnel matters and negotiations must be discussed in closed session.
At each board meeting, there is an opportunity for the audience to comment on agenda items or other educational items. The board may put a time limit on the discussion.
Board of Education Election
Each year, three board seats are up for election. Board member elections are held on the day of the budget vote, which is the third Tuesday in May, as set by the state.
To run for the Board of Education, a person must be a qualified voter of at least 18 years of age, be able to read and write, and have been a resident of the district for at least one year prior to the vote. To become a candidate, eligible residents must submit a completed petition of signatures to the Business Office 30 days prior to the vote. The number of required signatures changes each year based on the prior year's voter turnout. The district will notify the public through the news media when petitions become available for pickup from the District Office.
How to contact the Board of Education...
- Write a letter addressed to the Board of Education and send it to the attention of the Superintendent’s Office, 143 Hibbard Road, Horseheads, NY, 14845. The letter will be shared with the Board; or
- Send an email to District Clerk Nancy Parrillo at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email will be shared with the Board of Education.