Prospective Board of Education Candidates


  • Board members are advocates for public education and have many responsibilities. Candidates must: 

    • Be a U.S. citizen
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Be able to read and write
    • Be a district resident for at least one year prior to the election
    • Not be employed by the board on which he or she serves
    • Not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family
    • Not hold another incompatible public office

Filing for Candidacy

    • Candidates for seats on boards of education must file petitions 30 days prior to the election (20 days for small cities). 
    • Petitions must contain the required amount of valid signatures. The required amount of signatures is equal to 2 percent of the voters in the previous annual school board election, or at least 25 names -- whichever is greater.
    • Voting takes place on the third Tuesday in May.

    The Monroe County School Boards Association has additional resources about the election process and member responsibilities.