New York State School Boards Association

Media Backgrounder: Facts about School Board Elections 2018


Here are some quick facts on school board elections:

  • With few exceptions, school districts across the state hold school board elections and school budget votes on the third Tuesday of May.
  • The size of a school board generally ranges between three and nine members.
  • With limited exceptions, school board members serve three, four or five-year terms.

View a regional breakdown of board elections based on a NYSSBA survey of 671 school districts. A total of 610 districts responded – a rate of 91 percent.


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