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Voters to elect three Board of Education members May 17

March 16, 2016

On Tuesday, May 17, Monticello Central School District voters will choose three district residents to serve on the Monticello Board of Education from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019.

Residents must collect at least 25 signatures from qualified school district voters to be placed on the ballot. Petitions must be filed by 5 p.m. April 18, 2016 in the district clerk's office, 237 Forestburgh Road, Monticello. Contact District Clerk Janet Montes at (845)794-7700, ext. 70523 between 8-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m. for a nominating position.

The three seats for re-election are currently held by Jennifer Kelly, Ellen Nesin and Stacey Sharoff.

The Monticello Board of Education is comprised of nine school district residents elected by voters. Each board member is elected to a three-year term. Board members are not financially compensated.

The Board is the official policy-making body of the school district. It is responsible for carrying out the laws and regulations pertaining to the education of children living within the district. The Board adopts district policy, curriculum, programs of study, and approves the hiring of all personnel, as well as establishing the conditions of employment. The Board is also responsible for maintaining district facilities, establishing an annual budget, and setting a tax levy.

To qualify for Board membership, an individual must be:

  1. able to read and write; 
  2.  a citizen of the United States; 
  3. at least 18 years of age; 
  4.  a qualified voter of the district; and 
  5. a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to election.

No employee of the school district may be a member of the Board, except as permitted by law. No more than one member of a family shall be a member of the same Board of Education.

For more information, contact District Clerk Janet Montes at 794-7700, ext. 70523 or

Interested in joining the Board of Education?

The Sullivan County School Boards Association will offer a free Prospective School Board Member Workshop on Monday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. at Sullivan County BOCES, 6 Wierk Avenue, Liberty. RSVP by April 8. View flyer