MONTVILLE, NJ – Board of Education President Charles Grau was honored at the June 4 BOE meeting for having served on the board for 25 years and attaining the NJ School Boards Association certification level of “Master Board Member.”

Field Service Representative for the NJ School Boards Association (NJSBA) Charlene Peterson, said that she had the pleasure of talking about the accomplishments of the members of the board.

“Board members can participate in training and earn certifications, as there’s more to learning than the work you do inside the ‘boardroom’ walls,” she said. “You can get out, network and talk to other board members [from other towns] and go to training sessions. I have the pleasure, tonight, of informing you that the president of your board has achieved the level of Master Board Member.”

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There are four levels of certification, she said, and master is the third highest. Forty credits of training, attendance for at least eight county meetings, attendance at two NJ School Board Delegates Assemblies, attendance at the annual workshop in Atlantic City, and attendance at regional training sessions are all required to attain this level, plus passing an exam, she said.

Grau was also honored by the Morris County School Boards Association meeting for serving 25 years as a board of education member.

Grau thanked fellow board member Karen Cortellino, who was the president of the Morris County School Boards Association for six years, as well as his colleagues on the Montville BOE.

“Sharing information from the NJSBA and the Morris County School Boards Association is what makes us a better board, especially with our outstanding administration here,” he said.

Cortellino was elected Vice President for Legislation of the NJSBA at their May meeting by the 180 delegates in attendance, and Peterson said the Morris County SBA was sorry to see her presidency end.

The board then had a training session with Peterson. The board set goals which include board self-evaluation and completing board certification by NJSBA.

In other news, the new district website is “moving along,” said communications sub-committee member Cortellino, and plans are to move to the new website over the summer.

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