Centralization “Time Line” Ilion CSD and Mohawk CSD
Dec. 28, 2012: Letter
of recommendation and other supporting documentation forwarded to the
Office of Management Services by District Superintendent, asking the
Commissioner to authorize the formation of a new centralized district.
Jan. 3, 2013: Commissioner's
Jan. 10: Commissioner's Order laying out new district
posted in both districts by District Superintendent of Schools.
Jan. 14: Statutory Petitions submitted requesting the
Commissioner to call a Special Meeting to vote on the proposed
One petition signed by 100 qualified voters
(or a number equal to 10% of the student enrollment of such
combined district) requesting Commissioner to call a special
meeting of the combined district to vote on the proposed
A second petition signed by 100 qualified
voters (or 10% of the student enrollment of the district to be
designated as a special election district) requesting that the
Commissioner establish an alternative voting site in such
Note: The statutory petitions, together with the following
recommendations and information as determined by the Boards of
Education, Office of Management Services and District
Superintendent, are sent to the Office of Management Services.
Names of persons from each district
recommended for appointment to Board of Canvass by Commissioner.
The date and specific hours of voting desired.
location of voting site in each district.
Vote is to be by
Jan. 16: Commissioner issues order calling a special
meeting in each district for a centralization referendum. (Must be
scheduled within the 30-day period following receipt of petition
Jan. 17: Commissioner's Notice of Special Meeting
to vote posted in each district and announced in local newspapers
(must be at least 10 days prior to vote).
Jan. 18: Information
provided lor absentee ballots.
Feb. 12: Referendum held in each
district. In addition to the centralization proposition, the
following would be included to Expedite the process:
board members to serve new district (5, 7 or 9).
Term of office
of board members (3, 4 or 5).
Provision tor staggered terms of
first board— first board is elected by plurality with candidates
receiving most votes elected for longest terms.
Note: The following assumes that propositions to determine
the number of board members and term of office were included with
the initial vote.
ELECTION OF BOARD OF EDUCATION
Feb. 19: Commissioner's Order to conduct special district meeting to elect
Board of Education.
Feb. 20: Post Commissioner's Order. Notice
shall be posted at least ten days before the Meeting (1803-a
Feb. 20: Petitions for board membership available for
distribution by Office of District Superintendent.
March 11: Filing
deadline of petitions by board candidates.
March 11: Candidates
meet with District Superintendent to determine placement for
March 12: Information prepared for Absentee Ballots.
March 27: Special meeting
held to elect board of education of the newly centralized district.
District Superintendent holds organizational meeting, members take oath of office and Board is then empowered to
conduct such business as appropriate to prepare for the first year
of operation of the newly created district including adopting a
budget. The Boards of Education of the former districts will
continue to administer their own districts as usual until August
1, 2013. New district officially begins operation July 1, 2013.
Prepared by SED Office of Management Services, School District
Reorganization, Suzanne Spear and Jay O'Connor, 518-474-6541