School Board Notes, the weekly electronic newsletter of the New Jersey School Boards Association, is launching a school board member spotlight feature in honor of School Board Recognition Month, which is being celebrated this month.

The new feature was inspired by Gov. Phil Murphy proclaiming January 2022 as School Board Recognition Month. In making the declaration, the governor cited the meaningful contributions that boards of education make to public education and to the quality of life in New Jersey.

“We see the hard work that members of local boards of education do in their communities on a daily basis,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, executive director of the NJSBA. “It is our hope that by sharing the stories of some of our members, we will inspire even more people to explore serving on their boards while shining a spotlight on those who are working so hard to advance public education and promote excellent school governance.”

School Board Notes will feature school board members in its School Board Member Spotlight periodically throughout the year.

To be considered, you must complete a survey, which consists of 11 questions, including:

  • Why did you decide to serve on your local board of education?
  • What has surprised you about being a member of your local board of education?
  • What major challenges have you faced as a school board member?

Those interested should write a short paragraph or two responding to the open-ended questions. The survey also gives you the opportunity to attach a headshot that could be used in conjunction with the spotlight feature. A staff member of School Board Notes will follow up with you via email if needed, so remember to provide your contact information when taking the survey.

NJSBA, which initiated the state’s first School Board Recognition Month in 2002, has posted a copy of the governor’s proclamation. You can also find resources and information on celebrating School Board Recognition Month in New Jersey.

Remember to take the survey.