Consider School Board Candidacy!
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 PDFs listed below, as well as links to important websites for anyone considering running for their local school board.
Annual Election Dates Legislation signed by Governor Christie in 2012 gave 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 2017 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.
– Daniel Sinclair, President, New Jersey School Boards Association
For Candidates Running in the NOVEMBER Election
On March 31, 2014, the Honorable Mary Jacobson, A.J.S.C., Assignment Judge of Mercer County, issued an opinion and order in the case of Empower Our Neighborhood, et al. v. Guadagno, et al. The order states, in part, that a circulator for school board nomination petitions is not required to be a registered voter or resident of the jurisdiction of the candidate, but must otherwise be eligible to vote in New Jersey.
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
- 2017 School Election and Budget Procedures Calendar
CAMPAIGN REPORTING REQUIREMENTS: Contacting the 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
Ten Things School Board Candidates—and Newly Elected Board Members—Should Know
View NJSBA’s video series for school board candidates, “Ten Things Every School Board Candidate Should Know before Taking Office,” online. The series contains important information for candidates—and for newly elected board members.
Topics include criminal history record checks for newly elected board members; the Sunshine Law; the Board Member Code of Ethics; mandated training; and professional development opportunities.
CANDIDATE BRIEFINGS: What Candidates Need to Know When Elected
To help potential candidates understand the roles and responsibilities of school board members, the New Jersey School Boards Association offers online Candidate Briefings.
These programs address the structure and responsibilities of local school boards in New Jersey. The programs include:
- “What Board Candidates Need to Know If Elected,” a broadcast of NJSBA’s online radio program, Conversations on New Jersey Education.
- “Being an Effective Board Member,” a video on Education Matters, NJSBA’s online programming.
- “Legal Aspects of Board Service,” a video featuring Donna Kaye, NJSBA legal counsel.
- “Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members,” a video featuring Mary Ann Friedman, NJSBA field service representative.
NJSBA’s online Candidate Briefings can be a helpful tool to inform prospective school board members of their roles and responsibilities, if elected.
A nominating petition is the document that candidates complete to get their name on the ballot. These petitions must be submitted to the County Clerk. Learn more.
For more information, contact NJSBA’s Communications Department at (609) 278-5202.