The Pequannock Township Board of Education has earned the New Jersey School Boards Association’s Board Certification.

The board was awarded its plaque at the Morris County School Boards Association’s meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, at Mountain Lakes High School in Mountain Lakes.

The Pequannock Township Board first earned NJSBA’s Board Certification award in 2004, again in 2016, and became a Carole E. Larsen Master Board in 2017. With member turnover, the board did not realize that the certifications lapsed. When it did, its members took it upon themselves to do the hard work to earn certification once again.

It was not an easy journey. The board invited its community in for strategic planning, developed a Governance Code of Best Practices; had a board retreat; and engaged in training in policy, governance, curriculum, ethics, harassment, intimidation and bullying, finance and communication.

This board’s commitment to training is exemplified by its interest in immediately beginning the work to regain the Carole E. Larsen Master Board Certification award. The board must train together for 10 more hours over a two-year period.

The board is also committed to training as individuals. Four members became Certified Board Members as soon as they completed their first term and are continuing to work toward the next levels of individual certifications.

Left to right: Robert Acerra, county activities coordinator, NJSBA; Irene LeFebvre, immediate-past president, NJSBA; Cara Shenton, member, Pequannock Township Board of Education; Brian Senyk, president, Pequannock Township Board of Education; Bernadette Dalesandro, president, Morris County School Boards Association; Tim Gitin, member, Pequannock Township Board of Education; Megan Dempsey, member, Pequannock Township Board of Education.