Info on running for school board

Interested in running for the Board of Education? Qualified residents looking to run for the board in the May election can contact our District Clerk, Jeanne Mentiply, at to receive a nominating petition. All petitions must be filed with the District Clerk no later than 5:00 pm on April 19, 2021. Nominating petitions must include signatures of 25 qualified voters who reside in the district.

The Menands Union Free School District Board of Education is made up of five volunteer citizens who are each elected on the third Tuesday in May each year to serve five-year terms. 

A school board member takes on one of the most important citizen responsibilities: overseeing the education of the community’s youth. School boards are composed of volunteers within the community who dedicate their time to better public education. The Board of Education oversees and manages the community’s public school system. It ensures the public schools are flexible and responsive to the needs of the community. Election to the Board of Education is an extremely important responsibility.


In order to qualify to run for a seat on the Board of Education, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be able to read and write.
  • Must be a qualified voter of the District:
    • You are a citizen of the United States
    • You are at least 18 years of age
    • You are not adjudged by a Court to be mentally incompetent
    • You are not a convicted felon (Election Law 2012, Section 5-106)
  • Must be and have been a resident of the Menands Union Free School District for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately before the election.
  • Must live in the Menands Union Free School District.
  • Cannot be employed by the Board on which they will serve or live in the same household with a family member who is also a member of the same school board.

Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of our board members.