Montville Board President Named Master Board Member

Dr. Karen Cortellino was one of only five School Board Members to receive the NJSBA Master Board Member Certification at the April 30 meeting of the MCSBA. Dr. Cortellino has been on the Montville Township BOE since 2006 and has served many years as Board President. Credits: Karen Cortellino

MONTVILLE, NJ - The New Jersey School Board Association [NJSBA] Master Board Member Certification was awarded to Montville Township Board of Education [BOE] President, Dr. Karen Cortellino, at the Morris County School Board Association’s [MCSBA] April 30 meeting. Only five School Board Members throughout Morris County achieved this status.

"Karen does a great job," Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried recently said. "She takes the role of Board Member very seriously, and always tries to improve her skills and leadership."

NJSBA offers a variety of certification programs for board members throughout the state who wish to take their training to a higher level. Master Board Member Status is awarded to Members who have participated in further education. Candidates must have completed and achieved requirements for Certificated Board Member before embarking on the requirements to be awarded Master Board Member status.

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Receiving this designation is an acknowledgment that Dr. Cortellino has participated in extensive training above and beyond her election to the Montville Township BOE. The additional training, through the NJSBA Board Member Academy, provides a firm foundation in the essential governance skills needed to carry out the responsibilities of being a School Board Member in New Jersey.

Additionally, Master Board Members have concentrated on enhancing interpersonal and leadership skills which enable Members to effectively govern the course of education in their school districts.

Dr. Cortellino has been a Member of the Montville Township BOE since April 2006.

At their May 20 BOE meeting, Board members Dr. Matthew Kayne and Michael Palma each recognized Cortellino for her efforts on the BOE that, in their opinions, go “above and beyond”.

“We are all proud of you,” Palma said.

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