In the last two years, boards of education have faced unprecedented challenges and seen increased interest in board meetings and school district decisions.

This has prompted the New Jersey School Boards Association to develop a community resource, “A Guide to Board of Education Meetings in New Jersey.”

You can view the guide in Spanish here: guide-to-boe-meeting-spanish

The intent is to educate residents, serve as a reference guide for the media, and as a refresher for school officials. The brochure outlines and delineates the roles and responsibilities of boards of education and superintendents; provides guidance for members of the public who wish to address matters of concern with their boards during public meetings; and explains board meeting procedures.

“Boards of education are often on the front lines in addressing concerns, answering questions and clearing up misinformation about mandates and curriculum decisions among other important matters,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director. “Making our brochure available in Spanish was a logical next step to promote a better public understanding about school board and district operations and how residents can participate.”

Additional information on navigating the school board’s public comment session is featured in the most recent issue of School Leader magazine.

Districts are encouraged to print and share these brochures in both English and Spanish at their school board meetings, post the link on their official websites, and use the information as a resource for school officials to refresh their understanding about state regulations concerning the protocol for closed sessions and access to public records.

View the brochure in English.

You can view the guide in Spanish here: guide-to-boe-meeting-spanish