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Being a member of a school board is one of the most rewarding, and possibly the most demanding, things you can do for the children of Cortland and the community in general. Our board is comprised of seven members, each serving a three-year term, with no more than three positions becoming available each year. Terms of office begin on July1 and run until June 30, three years later. In 2023, the terms of two members, out of the seven member Board, are up for election. The election is held on the 3rd Tuesday of May, for 2023 that date is May 16.  Petitions must be filed by April 26 (twenty days prior to the election.)  Please contact the Clerk of the Board at 607-758-4100 ext. 2202 to obtain a petition.

Eligibility for membership is as follows:

  • must be a citizen of the United States
  • must be 18 years of age
  • must be a resident of the district for at least the 1 year immediately preceding the date of the election
  • may not reside with another member of the same school board
  • may not be a current employee of the school board
  • must not hold membership of any City office, other than police officer or firefighter

 To be nominated, a person must do the following:

  • contact the Clerk of the Board (607-758-4100 ext. 2202) for an application
  • gather at least one hundred signatures of qualified voters for the 2023 election
  • return the petition to the Clerk of the Board no later than 5 p.m., 20 days prior to the election 

Any of our members would be glad to talk to you more specifically about the duties of a school board member.

The polling places for the 2023 budget vote and school board elections are:


Ward School District Location Address
1-8 1 Kaufman Center 1 Valley View Drive

Cortlandville, Lapeer, Harford, Virgil 

LD/ED/Town School District Location Address
12-1 CT 9 Cortlandville Municpal Garage 3587 Terrace Road
13-3 & 4 CT 9 Cortlandville Municpal Garage 3587 Terrace Road
14-6 CT  9 Cortlandville Municpal Garage 3587 Terrace Road
18-1 LA 10 Virgil Town Hall 1176 Church Street, Virgil
19-1 HA  10 Virgil Town Hall 1176 Church Street, Virgil
19-2 V 10 Virgil Town Hall 1176 Church Street, Virgil





Mr. Robert J. Edwards, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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