School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC)
The members of the SBNC are elected by the residents of their election unit, each unit corresponding to one of the five elementary school districts in Scarsdale — Edgewood, Fox Meadow, Greenacres, Heathcote and Quaker Ridge. Each election unit elects six voting members, two each year, to serve staggered 3-year terms, so that there are 10 voting members elected to the SBNC each year, with a total of 30 voting members on the SBNC.
To become a candidate for the SBNC, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older and a resident of the school district for at least 30 days, and submit a petition, signed by ten residents of his or her election unit, to the Administrative Committee by a publicly announced deadline. There must be at least two candidates for each vacant seat on the SBNC. In any election unit where there are not at least two candidates for each vacancy, the Administrative Committee will appoint candidates to run for the seat.
The election for the members of the SBNC typically takes place in January. To vote for a candidate, one must be a citizen, 18 years or older and a resident of the school district for at least 30 days, and live in the election unit of the candidates for which the resident is voting.
Following the election, the newly constituted SBNC convenes. In addition to the 30 voting members, there are four non-voting members: the Chair and Vice Chair, who are elected by the SBNC members from the previous year; and two appointees from the community groups, the Forum and the Confederation of Scarsdale Neighborhood Association Presidents (SNAP).
The SBNC is responsible for nominating candidates each year to fill upcoming vacancies on the Scarsdale Board of Education (School Board). To carry out its charge, the SBNC generally meets in January, February and March. Members of the SBNC seek qualified candidates for the School Board through identifying and proposing candidates. The community is invited to propose candidates to the SBNC as well. To be considered, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older and a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to the date of the election of the School Board members. Candidates must submit to the SBNC a biographical information form and are invited before the SBNC to respond to a set of questions provided in advance to the candidates.
The SBNC nominates one person for each vacancy on the School Board and the SBNC obtains the number of signatures required to place the nominee on the ballot in the School Board election held in May. Residents of the school district are asked to vote on the nominees as well as approve the budget for the following year for the school district.
Prior to the conclusion of its work, the SBNC also reviews its procedures regarding the nomination of candidates to the School Board and makes recommendations to the Joint Committee for changes to the Resolution.