New Jersey’s local boards of education play an essential role in our students’ lives. They oversee 580 school districts, which in turn, operate nearly 2,500 public schools and provide educational services to nearly 1.4 million children. They set the policies for our schools and make important decisions affecting curriculum, financing and staffing.

New Jersey’s 5,000 local school board members devote countless hours – with no compensation – to the oversight and advancement of our children’s education.

January 2024 is the 22nd annual School Board Recognition Month in New Jersey, a time to raise public awareness of the role and responsibilities of local boards of education and to thank your community’s school board members for their efforts.

The New Jersey State Board of Education will recognize the hard work and dedication of school board members at its Jan. 10 meeting by presenting a resolution to Irene LeFebvre, immediate past president of the New Jersey School Boards Association, and Dr. Timothy Purnell, executive director and CEO of the Association.

NJSBA has prepared resources to help public bodies, organizations and local school districts recognize the important role that boards of education play in their communities. Click here to access these items.

Feel free to use your own ideas to celebrate School Board Recognition Month, and contact us to let us know about them.