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Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on School Budget Votes and Board Elections

FOR RELEASE: May 1, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 320-2221 cell


School budget votes and board elections will be conducted this year under challenging circumstances, to say the least. With the July 1 beginning of the school fiscal year approaching for many districts, we had hoped for clarity on these issues weeks ago. 

That said, we can now move forward. There are many logistical issues involved in conducting school budget votes – from finalizing school budgets themselves to providing notice and absentee ballots to the public. There will be many obstacles to conducting these elections in a manner that is safe for the school district staff who must work with the absentee ballots, as well as the general public. Toward that end, NYSSBA stands ready to serve as a resource to our member districts as they work through the school budget vote and board election process put in place by the governor.

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Governor Announces Rule Changes for the 2020 School Board Elections and Budget Vote

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.26 which modifies the rules under which school districts are to conduct the 2020 annual meeting for the election of school board members and budget votes.

Below are a summary of the changes and a revised election timeline based on the modified rules.  NYSSBA will offer additional analysis with helpful suggestions early next week.


Contact NYSSBA

During the COVID-19 pandemic, NYSSBA continues to serve member school districts. However, members of the NYSSBA staff will be working from home during this period in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

You may contact Executive Director Robert Schneider at 518.764.8737 or Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Jay Worona at 518.281.2619 with any emergencies.

If you have a specific question, please contact the individual below:

Member Relations & NYSSBA Convention: Barry Entwistle, 518.810.9809

Leadership Development and Training: Darci D’Ercole, 518.469.3083

Human Resources and Operations: Jeffrey Handelman, 518.229.5477

Information Technology: James Page, 518.424.7606
includes BoardDocs, E-clips, online training, website, membership updates

Communications, Marketing and Research: David Albert, 518.320.2221
includes news media inquiries, On Board

Legal and Policy Services: Jay Worona, 518.281.2619

Finance: Kristina Oliver, 518.466.5630
includes membership dues, billing, refunds

Governmental Relations: Brian Fessler, 518.229.0267

For additional assistance. View the full Staff Directory

Digital divide = Equity issue

On Board Online • May 18, 2020

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

As is the case in many school districts, not all students in the Peru school district have access to the internet at home. So when the governor ordered schools across the state to close because of the coronavirus pandemic, offcials in the Clinton County school district had to figure out a way to make sure all students had broadband access.

"We used our essential staff and made calls to the home of every student to see what their technology capabilities were in their homes," Peru Superintendent Thomas Palmer told On Board.

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Daily Clips

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Cuomo's school ballot order a 'logistical nightmare' for many school districts (NYSSBA quoted)

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New York COVID-19 task force's goal is to help bring high school sports back to students

School Boards Association Predicts Most Districts Will Stay Within Cap (NYSSBA quoted)

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Date: July 10 - 11, 2020
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