ELIZABETH, NJ - The deadline to file school board candidacy nominations will be 4 p.m. on July 31 for those who want to see their name on the Nov. 7 ballot.
Three seats on the nine-member Board of Education are up for a vote this year. Board of Education member Paul Perreira and Vice President Maria Carvalho’s seats are up for a vote this year. Both will be running again, they said. Ana Maria Amin's term will also end in early 2018.
The petitions must be filed with the Union County Clerk, located in the Union County Superior Courthouse at 2 Broad St. Nominating petitions need at least 10 signatures from registered voters of the school district.
School board members are unpaid and serve three-year terms.
Each local board of education sets operational policies for the entire district which affect instruction, staffing, extracurricular programming and the use of school buildings. Boards also adopt curriculum, approve the budget, hire the superintendent and negotiate contracts with staff.
Nominees must be U.S. citizens and have lived in the school district for at least one year. Newly-elected board members must undergo a criminal history record check in order to serve.
The state requires school board members to undergo training in each year of the first term in office, and in the year following reelection to address responsibilities including ethics, school finance, and the state’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.
The New Jersey School Boards Association, a federation of the state’s local boards of education, provides the training at no cost through a variety of in-person and online programs.
For more information, visit www.njsba.org/candidacy.
Editor's note: This article was updated at 6:09 p.m. to reflect Carvalho's plan to run for re-election. An earlier version of this story also incorrectly stated that only two seats are up for election. Three seats are up for a vote this year.