• Information for Prospective Board of Education Candidates

    We welcome your candidacy for the Board of Education of the Wappingers Central School District. 

    The Board member election will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the same time as the District’s vote on the 2021/2022 school budget at the Fishkill, Fishkill Plains, Gayhead, Vassar Road, Myers Corners Elementary Schools, and Wappingers Junior High School between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

    For the May 18, 2021 election, petitions must be received in the Office of the District Clerk, 25 Corporate Park Drive, PO Box 396, Hopewell Junction, NY by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021. When you file your petition, it is helpful if you also provide a telephone number and/or e-mail address where you may be contacted.

    Nominating petitions in the Wappingers Central School District must be signed by at least 49 qualified district voters. Candidates may wish to secure additional signatures, in case any signatures are invalidated. A qualified voter is a citizen of the U.S., at least 18 years old and a resident of the school district for at least 30 days immediately prior to the election. A person does not need to be a registered voter to satisfy the legal definition of a qualified voter for the purposes of signing a school board nominating petition.

    All candidates must also file three campaign contribution and expense statements, in accordance with NYS Education Law Section 1529. Please note, I will be glad to notarize your signature in my office.

    A drawing to determine the position of candidates’ names on the ballot will be conducted in the District Clerk’s Office on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.; candidates or their designated proxy may attend. The District Clerk will act as a proxy for any candidate who is not present and hasn’t designated a proxy in writing.

    Also for your information, there is a FREE Prospective School Board Members workshop scheduled on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. via Zoom sponsored by the Dutchess County School Boards Association. You can e-mail Kelly Lappan at to register.  Additional resources are available on the district’s website under Board of Education/Board Candidate Information.

    If I can be of assistance at any time, please do not hesitate to call me at 298-5000 ext. 40145.

    Alberta Pedro

    District Clerk