Deadline Approaching For School Board Candidacy

TRENTON—With the deadline for filing for school board candidacy quickly approaching, the president of the New Jersey School Boards Association is urging citizens sincerely interested in education to consider running for their local board of education.

The deadline for candidates to file their nominating petitions to run in the November school elections is 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 5.

“Serving on a school board is a challenging and rewarding form of public service,” said John Bulina, NJSBA president. “It certainly is one way to make a profound impact on your community.”

School board seats in 468 of New Jersey’s school districts will be on the ballot Nov. 6, the date of the General Election. For November school elections, the candidate’s nominating petition – the document that places their name on the ballot – must be submitted to the county clerk, not the local board of education office.

Online Kit Available NJSBA has developed an online School Board Candidate Kit that informs citizens about candidacy requirements, as well as the responsibilities of a board of education member. The kit includes:

  • A guide on how to become a school board member, with frequently asked questions about the responsibilities of serving on a board
  • A calendar of important dates in the school election process
  • Links to online candidate briefings
  • A summary of the New Jersey School Ethics Act
  • Links to each county clerk’s office and, if available, a nominating petition approved by the county clerk. (Some county clerks require candidates to contact their offices by phone or email to obtain a nominating petition.)

Legislation enacted in January allowed communities to move their school elections from the third Tuesday in April to the General Election in November. More than 85 percent of the state’s elected school boards will now hold their elections in November.

Adopting the change places school board candidates on the November ballot, but eliminates the requirement that a school board submit the proposed budget to the voters as long as it remains at or below the state’s 2-percent levy cap.

“I encourage any citizen who sincerely cares about the future of children in their community to consider school board candidacy,” said Bulina.

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