2021 Board of Education Election

Chatham CSD’s Board of Education election takes place as part of the annual school budget vote on May 18, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School gymnasium.

Nominating Petitions

Petitions nominating candidates for the office of Member of the Board of Education are available between the hours of  8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Office of the District Clerk, located at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, New York. Petitions must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2021 in the Office of the District Clerk. Each nominating petition must be directed to the Clerk of the District, shall be signed by at least twenty-five (25) qualified voters of the District, and must state the name and the residence of the candidate and each signer.

Open Seats

The following seats are to be filled on the Board of Education:

  • A 3-year term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2024 (there is only one full term up for election this year due to the voter-approved reduction of board seats)
  • A 1-year term commencing May 19, 2021 – expiring June 30, 2022 (to fill the unexpired term of Meghan Charron)

The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will fill the 3-year term.

The candidate receiving the second highest number of votes will fill the 1-year term.

Voter Qualifications:

To be eligible to vote you must be:
• A citizen of the United States 18 years of age or older
• A resident of the Chatham Central School District for a period of 30 days or more directly preceding the date of the vote
• Registered to vote with either the School District or the Columbia County Board of Elections

Voter Registration

If you are not registered to vote, you may register in person at one two voter registration days the District has scheduled for 2021.

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School lobby
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School lobby

Absentee Ballots

Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the Office of the District Clerk. Applications for absentee ballots can be requested no earlier than April 22, 2021 and must be received by the District Clerk prior to 4:00 p.m. on May 11, 2021 if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter; or prior to 4:00 p.m. on May 17, 2021 if picking up the ballot in person.

The Education Law also makes special provisions for absentee voting for “military” voters of the District. Specifically, the law provides a unique procedure for “military ballots” in school district votes. Whereas absentee ballot applications and absentee ballots must be received by the voter by mail, a military voter may elect to receive his/her absentee ballot application and absentee ballot by mail, email or facsimile. The military voter must, however, return his/her original military ballot application and military ballot by mail or in person. The Clerk of the Board shall transmit the military voter’s military ballot in accord with the military voter’s preferred method of transmission not later than 25 days before the vote. The Clerk of the Board must then receive the military voter’s military ballot by mail or in person not later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the vote.

2021-22 School Budget

Information about the 2021-22 school budget is available on our Budget Information page.