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The Clifton Board of Education in Passaic County recently earned its Board Certification.

This is the first time the board has earned the prestigious designation. Some of its former and current members envisioned earning recognition for the board’s commitment to effective governance and the hard work its members have done on behalf of their students — and they made that dream a reality.

The board had an engaging board retreat where members shared their “why” for this meaningful work and expressed pride and gratitude for being part of the Clifton team.

To earn the Board Certification in four years, a board must complete 16 hours of training together and have a policy wellness check done to ensure its policies are up to date. It also must submit a bargaining agreement to the New Jersey School Boards Association’s Labor Relations team and demonstrate board effectiveness through its self-evaluation and the governance portion of QSAC. All members must be current on their mandatory training.

During the presentation, Kelly Mitchell, field service representative at NJSBA, shared, “The most effective board is the board that has trust and continually works on fostering strong collaborative relationships. The Clifton board is an outstanding example of this kind of dedication.”

Left to right: Janina Kusielewicz, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction; Clifton Public Schools; Judith A. Bassford, commissioner, Clifton Board of Education; Dr. Danny A. Robertozzi, superintendent of schools, Clifton Public Schools; Tanya Suarez, commissioner, Clifton Board of Education; Joe Canova, commissioner, Clifton Board of Education; Richard Mejia, commissioner, Clifton Board of Education; Alan Paris, president, Clifton Board of Education; Mark Brunciak, commissioner, Clifton Board of Education; Dr. Lucy Danny, vice president, Clifton Board of Education; Mark Gengaro, assistant superintendent of schools, Clifton Public Schools; Kelly Mitchell, field service representative at NJSBA; Joseph Siano, commissioner, Clifton Board of Education; and Anthony Santiago, commissioner, Clifton Board of Education.