The deadline for candidates to submit applications for Association officer positions was Dec. 20, 2016, and eight applications were received. The NJSBA Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates for elections at the Delegate Assembly, to be held on May 20, 2017. The positions of NJSBA president, vice president for county activities, vice president for finance and vice president for legislation/resolutions will be voted on at that time.

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.

NJSBA received the following applications from local school board members:


Peter J. Calvo, Glassboro Board of Education (Gloucester)
Daniel Sinclair, Lakeland Regional Board of Education (Passaic)
Christy Tighe, Greenwich Township Board of Education (Warren)

Vice President for County Activities

Mark Bonjavanni, Howell Township Board of Education (Monmouth)
Anthony Fasano, Hopatcong Board of Education (Sussex)

Vice President for Finance

Michael R. McClure, Maple Shade Board of Education (Burlington)

Vice President for Legislation/Resolutions

Jason A. Jones, Neptune Township Board of Education (Monmouth)
Brandon Pugh, Moorestown Board of Education (Burlington)

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. Petitions will be available on March 9, 2017, and may be obtained by visiting NJSBA’s website. Petitions may not be circulated prior to March 9 and must be received by the executive director no later than April 4, 2017.

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 Barbara Deveney by calling 1-888-886-5722, Ext. 5256.) A report of all candidates by petition will be made no later than April 7, 2017. The report will appear in School Board Notes and on NJSBA’s website.

Nominating Committee Members of the 2017-2019 Nominating Committee include John Bulina, chair; Cynthia Auberger, Vernon Township BOE (Sussex); Jeff Fischer, Manchester Regional BOE (Passaic); Ben Giovine, Toms River Regional BOE (Ocean); Susy Golderer, Parsippany Troy Hills BOE (Morris); Karen Graff, Washington Township BOE (Warren); Peggi Haynes, Mt. Laurel Township BOE (Burlington); Chanta Jackson, Neptune Township BOE (Monmouth); Carolyn Kegler, Logan Township BOE (Gloucester); Sandra Mordecai, West Orange BOE (Essex); Dominic J. Miletta, III, Pittsgrove BOE (Salem); Andrea Olenik-Hipkins, Upper Township BOE (Cape May); and Bruce R. Young, Carlstadt BOE (Bergen). NJSBA President Don Webster Jr. is an ex officio member of the committee.