DENVILLE, NJ – The Denville Township Board of Education received the Carol E. Larsen Master Board Certification (MBC) from the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) on Sept. 20. The MBC recognizes high performing school boards that demonstrate “commitment to training and effective governance in areas such as group process, decision-making, planning, effective meetings and focus on student achievement.”

The MBC encompasses 26 hours of board training. It is a process that can take up to six years to complete; four years for the initial board certification that consists of 16 credit hours, and two years to earn the additional 10 credit hours for the MBC. For the initial certification and the MBC, five of seven board members plus the superintendent must attend training.

Since its inception in 2007, only 26 districts in New Jersey had received the MBC prior to Thursday. With the addition of Denville, along with Roxbury and Netcong on Thursday, the number of recipients now stands at 29.

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The MBC was created in 2007 after the passing of Carol E. Larsen. Larsen, who lived in Morris County, was an NJSBA field service representative who had been “a passionate believer in training,” according to Charlene Peterson, also an NJSBA field service representative.

“The Carol Larsen Master Board Certification is a great achievement,” acknowledged Steven Forte, Denville Township superintendent of schools, who posted his congratulations on Facebook after Board of Education members and school district staff received the MBC plaque.