The New Jersey School Boards Association’s nominating committee received 12 applications for four available association officer positions by the Dec. 21, 2018 deadline.

Available positions include president of the association, and three vice president positions including vice president for county activities; vice president for finance; and vice president for legislation/resolutions.

The nominating committee will present a slate of candidates for election at the Association’s Delegate Assembly annual meeting on May 18, 2019.

NJSBA policy (GO/8204), directs that all applicants seeking nomination as an officer by the nominating committee shall have their name, school district/county and position sought announced in School Board Notes following the deadline for submission of nominations.

As of the deadline, NJSBA received applications from the following local school board members:


Michael McClure – Maple Shade BOE (Burlington)
Christy Tighe – Greenwich Township BOE (Warren)

Vice President for County Activities

Irene LeFebvre – Boonton Town BOE (Morris)
Dominick Miletta – Pittsgrove Township BOE (Salem)
Peter Wendrychowicz – Mahwah BOE (Bergen)
Bruce Young – Carlstadt-East Rutherford BOE (Bergen)

Vice President for Finance

Tammy Smith – Knowlton Township BOE (Warren)

Vice President for Legislation/Resolutions

Tafari Anderson – Clifton BOE (Passaic)
Tom Connors – Piscataway BOE (Middlesex)
Karen Cortellino – Montville Township BOE (Morris)
Jacqueline McAlister – Ocean City BOE (Cape May)
Ginny Murphy — Washington Township BOE (Gloucester)

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 7, 2019, petitions may be obtained by visiting the NJSBA’s website.  Petitions may not be circulated prior to March 7 and must be received by the executive director no later than April 2, 2019.

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.)  A report of all candidates by petition will be made no later than April 5, 2019.  The report will appear in School Board Notes and on NJSBA’s website.

Nominating Committee  Members of the 2019-20 nominating committee include Donald Webster, chair; George Babula, Harmony Township BOE (Warren); Charles Caraballo, Bloomingdale BOE (Passaic); Minkyo Chenette, Montgomery Twp. BOE (Somerset); Sheli Dansky, River Edge BOE (Bergen); Gail David, Eastern Camden Co. Regional BOE (Camden); Anne Erickson, Greater Egg Harbor Regional BOE (Atlantic); Helen Kirsch, Berkeley Heights BOE (Union); Laurie Markowski, Flemington-Raritan Regional BOE (Hunterdon); Al Miller, Howell Township BOE (Monmouth); Eileen Miller, Woodstown-Pilesgrove BOE (Salem); Jennifer Montone, Burlington City BOE (Burlington), and Elliott Stroul, Jamesburg BOE (Middlesex).