WEST WINDSOR, May 20, 2017—Lakeland Regional Board of Education member Daniel Sinclair was elected president of the New Jersey School Boards Association during the organization’s semi-annual Delegate Assembly today at Mercer County Community College. Sinclair previously served on the Wanaque Board of Education, including six years as its president. He will serve a two-year term in the volunteer position of NJSBA president.
Sinclair has a total of 18 years of experience as a local school board member. He was elected by acclamation by the 156 local school board representatives at the meeting.
In his acceptance speech, Sinclair told the delegates he will continue NJSBA’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 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 Certificated 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.
Sinclair succeeds Donald Webster Jr., of Manchester Township, Ocean County, who now assumes the role of NJSBA Immediate Past President.
The NJSBA delegates also elected the following local school boards members to Officer positions: Vice President for County Activities – Christy Tighe, of Greenwich Township, Warren County; Vice President for Finance – Michael R. McClure of Maple Shade, Burlington County, who was re-elected to a second term; and Vice President for Legislation/Resolutions – Brandon J. Pugh, of Moorestown, Burlington County.
Sinclair, 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.
The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of the state’s local boards of education and includes the majority of New Jersey’s charter schools as associate members. NJSBA provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.