The NJSBA Nominating Committee met on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, pursuant to Article VII, Section 5 of the Association Bylaws, to interview candidates for officer positions.  

Ten applications had been received. However, one applicant withdrew from the interview process. The committee interviewed nine candidates and prepared a report naming a candidate for president, vice president for county activities, vice president for finance and vice president for legislation/resolutions. All officer positions will be voted upon at the Annual Delegate Assembly meeting on May 15, 2021.  

The Nominating Committee submits the following candidates to serve during the 2021-2023 term of office: 

President – Irene M. LeFebvre, Boonton Town Board of Education (Morris)  

Vice President for County Activities – Bruce R. Young, Carlstadt-East Rutherford Board of Education (Bergen) 

Vice President for Finance – Tammeisha D. Smith, Knowlton Township Board of Education (Warren) 

Vice President for Legislation/Resolutions – Karen Cortellino, Montville Township Board of Education (Morris) 

Nomination by Petition  NJSBA Bylaws also provide for candidates to be nominated by petition, signed by at least 10 members from at least five different district boards of education and filed with the NJSBA executive director.  On March 4, 2021, petitions may be obtained by visiting the NJSBA’s website.  Petitions may not be circulated prior to March 4 and must be received by the executive director no later than March 31, 2021.  

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 sent via Federal Express or registered/receipt-requested mail.  The written consent of the candidate for nomination by petition must be filed with the executive director within the same time limit.  

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 at charrison@njsba.org. )  A report of all candidates by petition will be made no later than April 2, 2021.  The report will appear in School Board Notes and on NJSBA’s website.  

Nominating Committee  Members of the 2021-2022 Nominating Committee included: Daniel Sinclair, chair, immediate past president; Michael R. McClure, president, ex-officio (non-voting member of committee); Naomi Davidson, Runnemede BOE (Camden); James Gaffney, Oakland BOE (Bergen); J. Brendan Galligan, Westfield BOE (Union); Yuenge Groce, Salem City BOE (Salem); Jeffrey Hicks, Southampton BOE (Burlington); Dana Krug, West Windsor-Plainsboro BOE (Mercer); Charles Miller, East Amwell BOE (Hunterdon); Sharon Miller, South Plainfield BOE (Middlesex); Robert Morrison, Watchung Hills BOE (Somerset); Tara Rivera, Jackson BOE (Ocean); Mattia Scharfstein, Stanhope BOE (Sussex) and Paul Williams, Harmony BOE (Warren).  

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