The New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Delegate Assembly will meet on Saturday, May 18 at 9 a.m. at the Conference Center at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor.

The NJSBA reminds all school boards that decisions made by each Delegate Assembly are followed by action that often results in the introduction of legislation, the stopping of undesirable legislation, or the adoption of new State Board of Education policies.

The Delegate Assembly gives local school boards the opportunity for input before these far-reaching statewide policy decisions are made. Therefore, we urge boards to review the proposed resolution, the bylaws changes and the list of candidates standing for election for NJSBA officer positions. Policies adopted by the Delegate Assembly are codified in NJSBA’s Manual of Positions and Policies on Education and can be viewed on the NJSBA website.

RESOLUTION Resolution No. 1 from the Weymouth Board of Education (Atlantic) proposes additional NJSBA policy on issues related to school funding: (a) The impact of state aid reductions on educational programming and taxpayers, and (b) the method used to determine a school district’s local share, which is a factor in the calculation of state aid.

NJSBA received an identical resolution from the Middle Township Board of Education in Cape May County.

CANDIDATES  In accordance with NJSBA bylaws, a proposed slate of officers selected by the Nominating Committee will be presented to the delegates for their vote at the semi-annual meeting on May 18. The Nominating Committee selected the following school board members for election by the delegates to serve as NJSBA officers during 2019-2021:

  • President: Michael R. McClure, Maple Shade Board of Education, Burlington County.
  • 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 Board of Education, Warren County.
  • Vice President for Legislation/Resolutions: Karen Cortellino, Montville Township Board of Education, Morris County.

NJSBA bylaws also provide a process for candidates to be nominated by petition.  No nominating petitions were received by the NJSBA by the April 3 deadline.

Bylaws Changes The delegates will consider amendments to the NJSBA bylaws to shorten the deadline for receipt of resolutions before the DA; provide advance notice to reinstate a resolution removed from the agenda by the resolutions subcommittee; and address the number of committee members on several committees, among other amendments. To see the full report on bylaws changes, click here.