TRENTON, January 16, 2013—The New Jersey State Board of Education today marked School Board Recognition Month by approving a resolution that commends the hard work and dedication of local school board members throughout the state.
"New Jersey's 4,800 non-partisan local board of education members are public servants who dedicate their time, without pay or benefit, to the oversight of school district operations, sound financial practices, comprehensive policies, curriculum, staffing, and the well-being and academic achievement of all students in the district," the State Board's resolution states. "The efforts of local boards of education, in conjunction with state education officials and local educators, have built a foundation of success that has led to New Jersey's status as a leader in student achievement, as evidenced by the National Assessment of Educational Progress scores."
"Serving on a school board can be a demanding job, and School Board Recognition Month presents an opportunity to inform citizens about the good work being performed by local boards of education," said John Bulina, president of the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), who accepted the State Boards' resolution with Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA's executive director.
"Local school board members represent the needs of students, parents and taxpayers in every community in New Jersey," added Dr. Feinsod. "I should also note that they are the best prepared group of public officials in the state, undergoing extensive training that far exceeds requirements for any other public office."
New Jersey's local school boards oversee the operations of the public schools that serve nearly 1.4 million students, according to NJSBA, a sponsor of the recognition month in the state.
The National School Boards Association began School Board Recognition Month in the early 1990s, and various states dedicate a month to recognize the contributions of local school board members. This is the twelfth year that School Board Recognition Month has been celebrated in New Jersey.
Information to help communities honor the work of their local school board members is available through NJSBA's website at www.njsba.org/recognition.
The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of 586 local boards of education and includes more than 75 charter school associate members. NJSBA provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.