School Board Notes • December 17, 2013 • Vol. XXXVII No. 18

Board Organization Meeting: Incomplete Criminal History Record Checks

The New Jersey Department of Education informed NJSBA on Dec. 17 that newly elected board members cannot sit or vote as board members unless their criminal history record checks are completed and show no disqualifying offenses.

“A school board member may not sit or vote as a board member until s/he receives final approval from the DOE indicating that no criminal history record exists that would disqualify the member from serving on a school board,” the manager of the NJDOE Criminal History Review Unit stated.

State law requires newly elected or newly appointed school board members to undergo criminal history record checks.  Individuals who do not complete the process or whose background checks reveal conviction(s) for any of the offenses listed in the statute are ineligible to serve.

For further information on this matter, contact the NJDOE Criminal History Review Unit at (609) 292-0507.