1. Candidates running for school board will need at least 29 signatures of qualified voters of the district to be nominated. Board Member Petition

2. Petitions may be obtained through Carrie Bartoszek, District Clerk (email) in March of each year.

3. Petitions are due in the office of the district clerk by 5:00 p.m. 30 days before the election.


Candidates are required to submit a campaign expenditure statement to the District Clerk 30 days and 5 days before the district election and 20 days after the school district election if campaign contributions/expenses exceed $500. If less than $500 then required to file a sworn statement with the District Clerk indicating that neither expenditures nor contributions exceeded $500.

Expenditure Form

Board Candidate Survey for Annual Budget Guide


Board candidates must be:

  • At least 18 years old

  • Qualified to vote in the district

  • Able to read and write

  • A Pioneer School District resident for at least 1 full year before the election

Candidates cannot:

  • Be a current employee of Pioneer Schools

  • Live in the same household with a family member who serves on the same Board of Education.

What qualities make an effective Board member?

  • Is an effective communicator

  • Is a good listener

  • Is a consensus builder

  • Is actively involved in the community

  • Is a decision maker

  • Is a good information processor

  • Is a team player

  • Is a leader

The New York State School Boards Association has more  information on the ins & outs of running for school board.