Lakeland Regional Board of Education member Daniel T. Sinclair was elected President of the New Jersey School Boards Association during the organization’s semi-annual Delegate Assembly on May 20, 2017. He will serve a two-year term in the volunteer position.
Sinclair previously served on the Wanaque Board of Education, including six years as its president. With his service on the Lakeland Regional board, he has a total of 18 years of experience as a local school board member.
In his acceptance speech on May 20, Sinclair told the NJSBA delegates that he will continue the Association’s progress in the areas of board member training and education advocacy. At the same time, he indicated his desire to also focus on the needs of the non-college-bound student.
“Over the last several decades, financial constraints and other restrictions have greatly reduced, or eliminated, program options for the non-college bound learner,” he said. “This issue affects a large number of students and must be addressed immediately if our schools are to prepare all of our learners to be job-ready upon graduation.”
Sinclair had served as NJSBA’s Vice President for County Activities since 2014. Prior to that, he was a member of the NJSBA Board of Directors for six years, and he chaired the NJSBA Training Task Force. He has also served on numerous NJSBA committees, and holds the designations of Certified Board Member, Master Board Member and Certified Board Leader through the Association’s Board Member Academy.
He has served as a group trainer at NJSBA orientation programs for newly elected and newly appointed school board members.
The new NJSBA president graduated from Rowan University and received his master’s degree from William Paterson University. He is retired as a cooperative industrial education coordinator with the Bergen County Special Services and Technical School, a position he held for 39 years.