Interested in Running for the Board of Education?


Candidates that would like their name to appear on the ballot for the Manchester-Shortsville Board of Education must meet qualifications and submit their name by May 11, 2020.

There will be no minimum threshold number of signatures required for individuals to be placed on the June 9, 2020 ballot, except that you must meet all other requirements, including applicable residency and age. To be eligible to run for a Board of Education citizens must have been a resident of the district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of 12 months, be able to read and write and be 18 years of age.

Sworn statements of expenditures must be submitted (see below) by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020.

School Board members are elected with “at-large” seats meaning if there are vacant positions of different lengths, positions are filled in decreasing order of the number of votes and length of office. Thus the candidate with the highest number of votes is entitled to the position of the longest length. The following vacancies are to be filled in the upcoming election: 
  • 1 Five year term currently held by Mrs. Martha Flower
  • 1 Five year term currently held by Mrs. Kristin Gray
The candidate form (see below) must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020 for your name to appear on the ballot. Names of candidates will appear in alphabetical order on the ballot.

Important statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider
on school board elections

The New York State School Boards Association is urging candidates for their local boards of education not to go door-to-door in order to collect signatures on their petitions to get on the ballot for school board elections this May.

"At this point in time, public health is the paramount concern," said NYSSBA Executive Director Robert S. Schneider. "All school board candidates, and especially those who are at highest risk to contract the coronavirus, would be putting themselves in harm’s way by going door-to-door collecting signatures on their petitions in the midst of a pandemic. Likewise, they would also be putting community members at risk."

We recognize that, at the current time, school board elections and budget votes are still scheduled to occur on May 19; however, we are working diligently with the State Education Department and the governor’s office to move both school board elections and the school budget votes to a later date, or find some other alternative for this year.

"We urge those seeking a seat on their local school board to follow the guidelines, including those for social distancing, put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health, as well the governor's Executive Orders," said Schneider.