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Voting for two Olean Board of Education seats to be held in May

OLEAN – Two seats on the Olean Board of Education will be filled in voting set for 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 20 at Olean Middle School.

City residents also will be voting on next year’s school budget, which is still being developed.

The seat currently being held by Ira Katzenstein will be for a full five-year term.

The second seat, held by Eric Garvin, will run for five years and 41 days, starting May 21. Garvin took over the seat upon the death of board member Gordon Cross last Sept. 21.

District Secretary Victoria Zaleski-Irizarry said the top vote-getter will receive the longer term.

Those that have an interest in running for the board are required to pick up petitions at Zaleski-Irizarry’s office at the Olean High School, 410 W. Sullivan St., by 5 p.m. April 30.

Those that are unable to vote in person can receive applications for an absentee ballot at the district clerk’s office during regular business hours. Petitions must be signed by 100 qualified voters in the district. Questions can be addressed to Zaleski-Irizarry at 375-8018.

According to state education law, candidates must be at least 18 and a resident of the district for at least a year prior. Board members are not allowed to reside with other board members, nor are they allowed to be an employee of the school board for which they are running.

Olean board members are at large and not tied to any district boundaries within the city.

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