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NYSSBA BYLAWS - ARTICLE 8. DIRECTORS AND THEIR DUTIES

ARTICLE 8. DIRECTORS AND THEIR DUTIES
As amended October 29, 2005

A director from each Association area, as defined in Article 3, shall be nominated and elected by the member school board(s) of that area. In even-numbered years, directors from even-numbered areas shall be elected for terms of two years, and in odd-numbered years, directors from the odd-numbered areas shall be elected for terms of two years.

Each candidate shall be a member of an active member board, as defined in Article 1 of these Bylaws. A director’s term shall begin on January 1 of the calendar year following election. A director no longer serving on a member board may serve only through the current calendar year.

Nominations of persons to be directors shall be in writing and endorsed by at least five member boards from the nominating area, except in Area 13, where nominations will be accepted if endorsed by at least one member board from that area. Nominations must be received at the Association office before the close of the business day on July 31 of the year in which those directors are to be elected. Where July 31 is not a business day, such nominations must be received before the close of the business day on the Monday following such date.

A ballot containing the names of all persons duly nominated for the office of director shall be sent by mail or electronically to each member board within the area no later than August 10 of the year in which such directors are to be elected except in those areas where only one (1) individual has been nominated, in which case, such individual will be deemed the elected area representative who will take office on January 1. In those areas where more than one individual has been nominated, only those ballots verified as being from the president or vice president of the member board and received at the Association headquarters before the close of the business day on October 10 of the year in which such directors are to be elected shall be valid. Where October 10 is not a business day, such ballots must be received before the close of the business day on the Tuesday following such date. In the event there is a tie vote, a new ballot containing only those names of candidates who have tied for election shall be sent by mail or electronically to all member boards of the area within 10 days of such occurrence. Those signed ballots received at the Association office within 45 days of such occurrence shall be used to determine the director. This process shall be repeated until a director is elected.

In the event a vacancy shall occur in the office of area director during the first year of a term of such director, the Board of Directors shall hold an election within such area to fill the unexpired term. In the event a vacancy shall occur in the office of any director during the second year of a term of such director, the Board of Directors shall hold an election to fill the unexpired term, and the person elected to fill such unexpired term shall also be deemed elected to fill the next succeeding full term. In the event that a vacancy shall occur in the office of any director during the second year of a term of such director after an election has been held to fill the next succeeding full term, the person elected to fill the next succeeding full-term vacancy shall also be deemed elected to fill the remainder of the term preceding the full term and shall take office immediately upon the occurrence of such vacancy.

In addition, the Conference of Big 5 School Districts shall be authorized to designate a member of one of its boards, which is a member of the Association, to serve on the Board of Directors. Such designation shall be filed with the Association annually.

Directors shall promote the interest of education and the Association throughout the state. Within their respective areas, directors shall preside at Association-sponsored meetings and provide liaison with related individuals and groups. They shall be the means of communication between their constituency and the Association.

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