INFORMATION FOR THE 2021-2022 BUDGET VOTE
AND BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION
Vote Date: MAY 18, 2021, at HMS, Polls open 6 am – 9 pm
Please note: Anyone who comes to a district building must follow the current COVID-19 Safety guidelines (wear an appropriate face mask, maintain social distance) and comply with any other rules for presence on School District property.
A qualified voter is a United States citizen; 18 years of age or older; a permanent resident within the District for a period of thirty (30) days immediately prior to the vote and per HPCSD Policy 2120.2 “Qualified voters must either be registered with the school district’s board of registration, or be on a current voter list maintained by the local Board of Elections.”
VOTER REGISTRATION - Qualified voters can print a registration form through the Dutchess County Board of Elections (845) 486-2473; the form can be printed from their website:
You can submit an on-line voter registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles at NYS DMV Electronic Voter Registration.
Registration forms can also be picked up at the district office, 11 Boice Road, Hyde Park during regular business hours M-F, 8:30-3:30 (except holidays). In addition to the above registrations, the District’s Board of Registration will hold Voter Registration on Monday, May 10, 2021 at District Office between 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
All registered voters on the Dutchess County Board of Elections Permanent Absentee list will automatically be sent an absentee ballot. All others who wish to vote via absentee ballot must submit an Absentee Ballot Application to the District Clerk in order to be issued an Absentee Ballot. The application form can be downloaded Absentee Ballot Application 5-18-2021 Vote, picked up at the District Office or emailed to you. If you need assistance, contact the District Clerk at email@example.com or by calling 845-229-4000 x 1001.
Absentee Ballot Applications must be received by the District Clerk not more than thirty (30) and at least seven (7) days prior to the election and vote, if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election and vote if the ballot is to be personally picked up by the voter or the voter’s designated agent set forth on the application.
Absentee Ballots must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the election and vote, May 18, 2021.
MILITARY VOTER REGISTRATION AND BALLOTS
Military voters may apply to register as a qualified voter of the school district and/or submit an application for a military ballot. Military voters may designate a preference to receive a military voter registration, military ballot application or military ballot by mail, facsimile transmission or electronic mail in their request for such registration, ballot application or ballot. Military voter registration application forms are found on the Dutchess County Board of Elections site DCBOE Site and Military Absentee Ballot Application can be downloaded and submitted. These must be received in the Office of the District Clerk by mail by no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 22, 2021. No military ballot will be canvassed unless it is returned by mail and received in the office of the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. the day of the vote.
PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUDGET
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Education of the Hyde Park Central School District will hold a public hearing on the budget, on May 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of presentation of the 2021-2022 budget. Depending on restrictions in place at the time, the Public Hearing may be held in person at a location to be determined and/ or livestreamed. A link will be available on our main webpage for this meeting.
Details of the proposed 2021-2022 Budget, development presentations are found under the Business Office tab.
Board Member Election Information
Two of our current BOE members (Perry Sheldon and Carl Tomik) terms will expire on June 30, 2021. As a result, this year we will have two seats available at the BOE Member election. BOE members serve a three-year term commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring June 30, 2024. The Board member election will be held during the Budget Vote on May 18, 2021.
Board of Education member qualifications are:
- Must be able to read and write.
- Must be a qualified voter of the district; that is, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and not adjudged to be incompetent.
- Must be and have been a resident of the district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately preceding the election.
- May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year.
- May not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family.
- May not be a current employee of the school district.
- May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.
Anyone interested in becoming a candidate for the Board of Education of the Hyde Park Central School District will need to collect signatures. The district provides a Board Candidate Nominating Petition Packet which includes all of the information needed to run for an open seat on the BOE.
Board Member Nominating petitions: Starting March 11, 2021, the Nominating Petition Packet can be (link to be added), or picked up at the District Office at 11 Boice Road, Hyde Park during regular business hours, M-F 8:30-3:30, or at any “in person” BOE meeting (when they resume). If you need other arrangements to obtain the packet please contact the District Clerk, jmikula@ hpcsd.org or by phone 845-229-4000 x 1001.
Nominating petitions are due in the District Office no later than Monday, April 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm with at least eighty-three (83) signatures of qualified voters of the district. Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to obtain more than 83 signatures to ensure that petitions include at least 83 valid signatures.
NYS School Boards Association (NYSSBA) has also provided the link below with information for potential Board Members:
Need more information? If you have any questions, about the vote or the voting process, please contact our District Clerk, Jay Mikula at 845-229-4000 x 1001. Official “Notices” of the Hyde Park Central School District for the Public Hearing on the Budget, Annual Meeting, School District Election and Voting on Propositions will be published in the official newspapers of the district and posted on the website once the BOE has adopted the proposed budget.