Budgets & Audits

Annual Budget Vote & Board Member Election 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The annual school district budget vote and school board member election is held on the third Tuesday in May. Registered voters may vote on the school budget for the 2019-2020 school year and on Board of Education members. Three (3) seats are up for election.  The seats are for three-year terms from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022 and will be filled by the candidates who receive the most votes.

Polls are open from 6:00am until 9:00pm at the following locations:
Carmel High School - For residents of the towns of Carmel, Putnam Valley & Southeast*
Kent Elementary School - For residents of the towns of Kent & East Fishkill*
Matthew Paterson Elementary School - For residents of the town of Patterson*
 

2017-18 School Report Card & Fiscal Supplement

*Note: Registered voters must vote at a designated poling location based upon address

Voter Registration & Absentee Ballots

VOTER REGISTRATION 
To vote, you must be registered. To be eligible to register, you must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the District for 30 days. Registration deadline for the May 21, 2019 vote is THURSDAY,  May 16, 2019. If you are registered with the county Board of Elections or have voted in a school election in the last four years, you are already registered. If you have not voted in a school election in the last four years or are NOT already registered, you can do one of two things:
1.  Register with the School District for school votes & elections: Come to the District Office, 81 South St., Patterson, NY, Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Thursday, May 16, 2019.
2.  Register with your county of residence: Click to download, print and mail your New York State Registration form to your county of residence:

Voter Registration Form - English
Voter Registration Form - Spanish

To check your registration status, contact Susan Dieck, District Clerk at 845 878-2094, ext. 202 or sdieck@carmelschools.org


ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS
 Click here for absentee ballot application form.  Applications are also available at the District Office, 81 South St., Patterson, NY  The last date to submit an application is May 14, 2019 if you would like your ballot mailed or May 20, 2019 if the ballot will be picked up in person.  Ballots may only be delivered to the voter, either by mail or in person.

Absentee ballots are due in the office of the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 20189

Board of Education Candidate Information

Individuals interested in running for the Board of Education must have the following qualifications:

  • Be able to read and write
  • Be a qualified voter of this district (U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age)
  • Be a resident of this school district for at least one continuous and uninterrupted year prior to the election
  • Be the only member of a family serving on the Board of Education at the time of the election
  • May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year
  • May not be a current employee of the school board (when the term of office begins)
  • May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office

This year, three (3) seats are up for election. The seats are for three (3) year terms from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022 and will be filled by the candidates who receive the most votes. Prospective candidates are required to submit a completed nominating petition and notarized expenditure and contribution statements.  To receive the nominating packet of information (including petition and expenditure forms) contact Sue Dieck, District Clerk at 845 878-2094, ext. 202 or sdieck@carmelschools.org

For more information on running for the Board of Education please visit The School Board Member Experience, from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA)

IMPORTANT DEADLINES FOR CANDIDATES

  • Monday, April 22, 2019 -- Nominating petitions are due in the office of the District Clerk no later than 5:00pm. Petition must be signed by 25 qualified voters of the school district.
  • Monday, April 22, 2019 -- The first of three expenditure statements is due in the office of the District Clerk. The statement must be signed & notarized.
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 -- The second of three expenditure statements is due in the office of the District Clerk. The statement must be signed & notarized.
  • Monday, June 20, 2019 -- The third of three expenditure statements is due in the office of the District Clerk. The statement must be signed & notarized.

Candidates will be asked to participate in "Meet the Candidates" evening, which is moderated by the Putnam County League of Women Voters, on a date to be determined. The event is usually held in the Carmel High School Library and is videotaped for broadcast on our website and Cable TV channel.

Once elected, all school board members must complete twelve hours of mandated training within the first year of service: six hours on school board governance and six hours on fiscal oversight.