On July 1, Gov. Murphy signed into law A-4037, legislation sought by NJSBA that allows electronic collection of petition signatures for school board candidacy and their submission for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. (See article in this week’s School Board Notes.) Further information is available from your County Board of Elections.

The deadline for filing a candidate petition in the November 2020 annual school election is July 27.

NJSBA offers “candidate kits” that provide vital resources and links to important websites for anyone considering running for their local school board.

Individuals considering serving on their local school board can learn more through NJSBA’s online briefings that provide details about the responsibilities of serving on a local board of education. NJSBA’s online briefings include three videos that address leadership, legal issues, and the role of a board member. Candidates can also listen to a recorded online radio broadcast, “What Board Members Need to Know When They’re Elected.”

“The work of a school board has become increasingly complex, but rest assured, if you’re elected or appointed to your school board, you won’t ‘go it alone,’” said Michael R. McClure, president of the New Jersey School Boards Association. “As New Jersey’s only service organization whose sole mission is to train, assist and represent the state’s local boards of education, the NJSBA will be with you every step of the way.”

Go to “Becoming a School Board Member: Candidate Kit” for more information.