New Jersey School Boards Association bylaws provide for candidates to be nominated by petition. No candidate may be nominated unless the board on which the member serves is in “good standing” with NJSBA, he or she has previously served one full term as a board member prior to his/her election to office and must have qualified for and received the Certified Board Member qualification as set forth in NJSBA’s Governance and Operations Manual: Board Member Academy (GO/6603.1 and 6603.1R).

Nominating petitions must be signed by at least 10 members from at least five different district boards of education and filed with the NJSBA executive director.  Beginning March 2, 2023, petitions may be obtained by visiting the NJSBA’s website.  Petitions may not be circulated prior to March 2 and must be received by the executive director no later than March 29, 2023.

Signatures need not all appear upon a single petition and any number of petitions may be filed on behalf of a candidate, but no petition shall contain the endorsement of more than one candidate.

Nominations by petition should be addressed to Dr. Timothy J. Purnell, Executive Director, New Jersey School Boards Association, 413 West State St., Trenton, NJ 08618.

They may be sent via the following methods: email to (with scanned signature); or Attn: Cindy Harrison; registered/receipt-requested mail; regular mail; or via hand-delivery to NJSBA headquarters in Trenton.

Information with Petition When submitting nominations by petition, candidates should include a black-and-white “head and shoulders” photo and a resume that includes a 200-word statement explaining why they are seeking the position. Resumes should contain information under the following headings:  local board activities; county activities; NJSBA activities; education; and employment/community activities.  (A sample resume may be obtained from Cindy Harrison by calling 1-888-886-5722, Ext. 5254, or emailing her.)  A report of all candidates by petition will be made no later than April 4, 2023. The report will appear in School Board Notes and on NJSBA’s website.