Michael R. McClure, a 19-year veteran of the Maple Shade Board of Education, was elected president of the New Jersey School Boards Association on May 18 during the organization’s Delegate Assembly at Mercer County Community College.
McClure just completed four years of service as the Association’s vice president for finance. He will serve a two-year term as NJSBA President, a volunteer position.
The current president of the Maple Shade school board, McClure is a former president and vice president of the Burlington County School Boards Association and served on the NJSBA Board of Directors for 10 years. He has earned the designations of Certified Board Leader, Master Board Member and Certified Board Member through NJSBA’s Board Member Academy, which recognizes commitment to professional development and training.
In his acceptance speech, McClure told the delegates he would continue NJSBA’s progress in serving local boards of education, the Association’s sound financial practices, and its superior board member training. As president, he said he will guide the Association’s executive team in advocating for state support for school boards across New Jersey.
McClure is a trustee of the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey, a non-profit organization founded by NJSBA to advance the governance of New Jersey’s public schools through training and research.
In addition, he has served as president of his community’s recreation board for more than 15 years, and helped start and operate a youth wrestling program in Maple Shade Township.
McClure succeeds Daniel Sinclair of the Lakeland Regional Board of Education, Passaic County, who now assumes the role of NJSBA Immediate Past President.
The NJSBA delegates also elected the following local school board members to Officer positions: Vice President for County Activities – Bruce R. Young, Carlstadt-East Rutherford Board of Education, Bergen County; Vice President for Finance – Tammeisha D. Smith, Knowlton Township, Warren County; and Vice President for Legislation/Resolutions – Karen Cortellino, M.D., Montville Township, Morris County.
All candidates were elected by acclamation of the 180 delegates in attendance.