Now is the time to consider seeking election or re-election to your local school board.

Monday, July 29, 4 p.m. is the deadline to file nominating petitions for school board candidacy in this year’s General Election. Approximately 1,500 board of education positions appear on the election ballot annually. Five hundred twenty-nine school districts will conduct elections on November 5.

To help current board members and prospective candidates, NJSBA publishes a School Board Candidates Kit, which provides information on the responsibilities of school board members, requirements under the New Jersey School Ethics Act, and important dates and procedures in the candidacy and election process.

To access the Candidate Kit and other information about school board membership, go to