Dear OCS Community,
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to vote on the 2023-2024 school budget. We are pleased to inform you that the budget passed. The results are as follows:
Proposition 1 - Budget:
Yes - 204
No - 46
Total - 250
Proposition 2 - Transportation Purchase:
Yes - 210
No - 39
Total - 249
Proposition 3 - Onondaga Free Library:
Yes - 186
No - 64
Total - 250
Additionally, we are very happy to report that Laurel Bennett and Nathaniel Brown have been elected to a three-year term to serve as board members for our community. The results are as follows:
School Board Candidate (2 positions)
- Laurel Bennett - 209
- Nathaniel Brown - 205
David Toomey - 3
Sam Tassone - 1
Todd Cotterill - 1
Erik Nelson - 1
David Pierce - 1
James Memm - 1
We thank you for your continued support of the Onondaga Central School District. We look forward to enhancing our district to better prepare the students for their future.
OCS Board of Education
The Budget Vote will be held on May 16th from 7am-9pm at the Jr-Sr High School Cafeteria and Rockwell Elementary Gymnasium.
2023-24 Budget Vote
Board of Education Member OpeningsCurrently, there are 2 (two) 3-year term seats open. If you are interested in running for one of these openings, please visit the District Office to pick up an informational packet.
Information for Filing Nominating Petitions
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that petitions for nominating candidates for office must be filed in the District Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2023. Candidates must:
- Be able to read and write.
- Be a qualified voter of the District. A qualified voter of the District is a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age or older and not adjudged to be incompetent.
- Be and have been a resident of the District for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately before the election.
- Have not been removed from any school district office within the preceding year.
- Not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family.
- Not be a current employee of the school board.
- Not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.
Please note: interested candidates can come and pick up a packet at the District Office.
Voting Information – Q&A
Who is Eligible to Vote – You are eligible to vote on May 16, 2023 if you are a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older, and have been a District resident for at least 30 days prior to the vote. Questions? Call the District Clerk at 315-552-5001.
When and where is the Budget Vote? – The Annual School District Board of Education Election and Budget Vote will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at the Jr/Sr High School Cafeteria and Rockwell Elementary Gymnasium.
Can I Vote by Absentee Ballot? – Residents who will not be in the area on May 16, 2023 may apply for an absentee ballot at the District Office.
If the absentee ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the application must be submitted at least seven days prior to the vote. If the absentee ballot is to be picked up by the voter in person, applications will be accepted until May 15, 2023. Absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 16, 2023.
Military Ballot Applications
Members of the United States Armed Forces may request an application for a military ballot to vote in the upcoming Onondaga Central School District budget and board of education election on May 16.
Military application ballots are available through April 21 (see file below)
Any qualified voter may challenge the qualifications of an individual casting an absentee ballot.
The qualifications of any individual submitting an absentee ballot may be challenged
The basis for challenges includes:
- Voter is not 18 years old as of May 16, 2023;
- Voter is not a United States citizen;
- Voter has not been a District resident for 30 days prior to May 16, 2023;
- Voter is not disqualified from voting (felony conviction, for example); and
- In Districts using a system of personal registration only: the voter is not registered with either the County Board of Elections or the District.
A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots were issued must be available to both the public and the Election Inspectors.
Before opening any envelopes, the Election Inspectors must review any written objections received by the District Clerk. (These are received prior to the election, based on inspection of the list to whom ballots were issued.)
Election Inspectors should also review any objections made on May 16, 2023.
Challenges must be able to be received on May 16, 2023 – These can be made by contacting the District Clerk, at 315-552-5001. The challenge must include the following:
The Name of The Voter Who’s Eligibility You Are Challenging
The Reason for the Challenge
The challenge period will commence at 9:00 p.m. on May 16, 2023.
Important DatesFebruary 7th- Board Of Education Meeting- Budget Update
February 28th- Board Of Education Meeting- Budget Update
March 14th- Board Of Education Meeting- Budget Update
March 28nd- Board Of Education Meeting- Budget Update
April 11th- Board of Education Meeting- Possible Budget adoption
April 17th(Monday)- Board of Education Meeting/ BOCES Special Meeting
May 2nd- Budget Public Hearing/ Board of Education Meeting
May 16th- Budget Vote
Educational Resources - School BudgetsBudget Tutorial
New York State's Tax Cap Explained
STAR (NYS Department of Taxation & Finance)
Previous Budget InformationBudget Information for Budget 2022-23
Budget Information for Budget 2021-22
Budget Information for Budget 2020-21
Budget Information for Budget 2019-20
Application For A Military Ballot
Application For Absentee Ballot
Budget Binder 2023-2024
Budget Newsletter 2023-2024
Budget Notice 2023-2024
Budget Presentation #1 - 2/7/2023
Budget Presentation #2 - 2/28/2023
Budget Presentation #3 - 3/14/2023
Budget Presentation #4 - 3/28/2023
Budget Presentation #5 - 4/11/2023
Public Hearing 2023-2024
Running for the School Board-2023