BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Bernards Board of Education is seeking an immediately replacement to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Board Member Priti Shah, effective April 10, due to "personal reasons," according to the school website.

Shah has been a member of the school board since 2011. 

The Bernards Board of Education is now accepting applications for the vacant seat, the school website said this week. 

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Applicants would be interviewed and considered by the remaining board members, and the successful candidate could expect to be sworn in at the board meeting scheduled for May 8. The new board member would serve from May through the remainder of 2017.

How to apply

Interested applicants must contact Jennifer Nicholson at the Board of Education Office at 908-204-2600, ext. 106, or via email at in order to request an application packet.  

The completed application packets are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27.

A committee made up of members of the Board of Education will review applications and select candidates to be interviewed at the May 8 Board of Education meeting, according to the school website. Applicants must be available to attend that board meeting, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 8, at the Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 268 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge.

The candidate to fill Shah's vacancy would be sworn in during the May 8 board meeting and begin serving immediately.

If the new board member (or any qualified member of the public) wishes to serve a term on the Bernards Township Board of Education starting in 2018, they must file with the Somerset County Clerk’s office to be included on the ballot in the November 2017 election. Applications to run in the November 2017 election are due in the Somerset County Clerk’s office by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Next scheduled Board of Education meeting this Monday, class size report on agenda

The next scheduled Board of Education meeting is for 7 p.m. on Monday, April 17, at the Ridge High School PAC. 

The agenda is posted on the school website. Among other items, the superintendent of schools is scheduled to give a report on class sizes.