Becoming a School Board Member: Candidate Kit


Congratulations! You have taken the first step toward filling a vital role for your community – that of a school board member.

NJSBA's Candidate Kit provides vital resources, as downloadable PDF's listed below, as well as links to important websites for anyone considering running for their local school board.

Annual Election Dates Legislation signed by Gov. Christie in 2012 gives communities the option to change the date of the school board member elections from the third Tuesday in April to the General Election in November. Although the majority of school districts have changed to November school elections, please check with your local board of education office to confirm the date of the 2015 school election in your community.

If you are considering serving on your school board, take advantage of NJSBA’s online briefings that provide details about the responsibilities of serving on a local board of education. NJSBA’s online briefings include three videos that address leadership, legal issues, and the role of a board member. Candidates can also listen to a recorded online radio broadcast, “What Board Members Need to Know When They’re Elected.”

The work of a school board has become increasingly complex, but rest assured, if you’re elected or appointed to your school board, you won’t “go it alone.” As New Jersey's only service organization whose sole mission is to train, assist and represent the state’s local boards of education, the New Jersey School Boards Association,will be with you every step of the way.

– Donald Webster, Jr., President, New Jersey School Boards Association

For Candidates Running in the APRIL Election

Important Dates Sample Nominating Petition Sample News Release Vote Poster

For Candidates Running in the NOVEMBER Election

Important Dates; Nominating Petitions; Candidates Briefings Central, South, North; Vote Poster

For ALL Candidates

How to Become a School Board Member and Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements of the New Jersey School Ethics Act

Criminal Background Check

2016 School Election and Budget Procedures Calendar

CAMPAIGN REPORTING REQUIREMENTS: Contacting the Election Law Enforcement Commission

Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) All candidates for school board office must comply with the provisions of the New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act. For further information, and downloadable reporting forms, contact the ELEC.

Toll free: 1-888-313-3532 • FAX: 1-609-633-9854

CANDIDATE BRIEFINGS: What Candidates Need to Know When Elected

Video and Radio Briefings

For more information, contact NJSBA's Communications Department at (609) 278-5202.