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Information for New Board Members

Information for New Board Members

Congratulations on becoming a school board member! Serving as a board member can be challenging. It also can be one of the most fulfilling responsibilities you'll ever experience

To assist you on your journey, NJSBA provides support in all areas of board membership, including representation and advocacy, training, and information and publications. We also have video resources available through the NJSBA YouTube channel and our Parent Connections web portal. Onsite assistance and consultation are available through the field services, labor relations, legal, and policy resources departments. We also offer a wealth of cost-saving programs, so you can invest more money back into the classroom.

We hope you will take advantage of all the resources supported by your membership dues. Explore our website, review the NJSBA Membership Guide and reach out to your Field Service Representative. Your personal representative is a wonderful resource when you have questions or need direction.

Good luck on your journey and be sure to let us know how we can serve you. We're only a phone call or email away.

Governance I: New Board Member Orientation

The School District Accountability Act requires training for first-term school board members and charter school trustees in their first, second and third years of office, as well as for reappointed/re-elected members. New board members must take Governance I: New Board Member Orientation in the first year of their first term of service.

NJSBA offers several oppor­tunities for them to fulfill this requirement through any of three formats: weekend, one-day, and online orientation programs. Completion of any course format satisfies the requirements of the School Ethics Act.

Special Training Opportunity – Weekend Orientation

While all formats will fulfill the requirement, new members should consider the weekend program. The weekend program gives participants a unique opportunity to work in a small-group setting with an experi¬enced group leader. In addition, the weekend program includes more informational sessions than the other formats.

NJSBA in partnership with the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey (ELFNJ) is offering two op­portunities for new school board members to attend a weekend New Board Member Orientation Conference:

January 10 – 12, 2014

Princeton Marriott at Forrestal

Ask your business administrator to register you for this training program.

March 14-16, 2014

Chauncey Center, Princeton

Ask your business administrator to register you for this training program.

Free opportunity. The costs, including all meals, materials and hotel stay, are underwritten by a grant from the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey (ELFNJ). Attendance for each weekend program is limited to the first 90 registrants. These programs are only open to new board members.

These programs fill up quickly. Please ask your business administrator to register you as soon as possible. For questions on registration, please email the NJSBA Member Services Unit.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Diane Morris (phone 609-278-5276) or Ray Pinney (phone 609-278-5244).

Registration for mandated training may only be completed online through the school district office. Please contact your district office to be registered.

One-Day New Board Member Orientation Conference: Dates and Locations

Saturday, February 1

Mountain Lakes High School

Member Rate: Free • Non Member Rate: $250

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Registration 8:30 a.m.)

Ask your business administrator to register you for this training program.

Saturday, June 7

Central Location TBA

Member Rate: Free · Non Member Rate: $250

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Registration 8:30 a.m.)

Registration will be available later this year.

Web-based Training NJSBA also offers Web-based New Board Member Orientation. Choose the online training option if you are self-motivated, comfortable with technology and willing to accept the challenge of being an independent worker. Web-based training will be available in early 2014.