SOMERSET, NJ - Do you want to serve? This fall, voters in Franklin Township will elect candidates to the K-12 board of education. Three seats are up for grabs. A full term on the school board runs for three years.
A candidate must file a nominating petition with the county clerk for his or her name to appear on the ballot, and the deadline to submit the nominating petition is 4 p.m. Monday, July 30. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6.
Prospective school board candidates can download candidate information from the New Jersey School Boards Association’s website at NJSBA School Board Candidate Kit. The School Board Candidate Kit includes information about nominating petitions, legal qualifications for school board candidacy, and the role of the school board member. Information about the New Jersey School Ethics Act and important dates in the school election process are also included.
“One of the most meaningful contributions that citizens can make to their community is serving on the local board of education,” said Daniel Sinclair, NJSBA president. “I encourage all interested citizens to consider school board membership. It doesn’t require a degree in education, or a background in politics. However, it does require a sincere interest in the community, its children, and their education.”
The NJSBA provides the following information for potential candidates:
The “Ten Things Every School Board Candidate Should Know before Taking Office,” series contains important information for candidates—and for newly elected board members.
Topics include criminal history record checks for newly elected board members; the Sunshine Law; the Board Member Code of Ethics; mandated training; and professional development opportunities.
Experts form NJSBA’s Legal and Labor Relations Services Department delve into these and other issues with Ray Pinney, host of “Education Matters.”
The Ten Things Every School Board Candidate Should Know Before Taking Office
Episode 1: Conflicts of Interest
Episode 2: The Sunshine Law (Open Public Meetings Act)
Episode 3: The Oath of Office—What It Means
Episode 5: Criminal Background Checks
Episode 6: The Code of Ethics for School Board Members
Episode 7: Nepotism
Episode 10: Services and Resources for Board Members
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