WATCHUNG, NJ - Five candidates have filed for three available seats on the Watchung Board of Education, according to the Somerset County Clerk’s Office. A candidate must have filed 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 was 4 p.m. Monday, July 29. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5.
Current Board of Education member Joseph Barbella has filed for re-election as well as Adam Kraft, Jennifer Scharf, Nawaz Sheikh, and Gail Tafaro.
Barbella was appointed in May to fill the seat vacated by former board member Thomas Sicola.
Board Vice President Georgia Glasser-Nehls and board member Dennis Bakos are not seeking re-election. Glasser-Nehls, Board President Tina Kelly and board member Ellyn Margulies resigned from the board earlier this week.
A Special Meeting of the Watchung Borough Board of Education will be held in Executive Session on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 8 AM, in the Board Office conference room at the Valley View School for the purposes of Superintendent interviews. At 5:30 PM a Special Open Public Session will convene in the APR of Valley View School, 50 Valley View Road for the purposes of accepting the board resignations and electing a new president and vice president of the board.
According to New Jersey School Boards, In most cases, a vacancy is filled by a majority vote of the remaining members of the board after the vacancy occurs. The board has 65 days to fill the vacancy; if it does not meet deadline, county superintendent will fill vacancy.
1. Filled by county superintendent if caused by absence of candidates or by removal of member for lack of qualifications.
2. Filled by county superintendent if quorum is lacking because of vacancies
3. Filled by special election if tie in annual election - within 60 days of school election - restricted to those candidates. If tied again, filled by county superintendent.
4. Filled by special election if failure to elect at school election due to improper election procedures - within 60 days of school election, restricted to same candidates. If tied again, filled by county superintendent
5. Filled by Commissioner if failure to elect due to improper campaign practices.
For open positions in the school district, see job postings here.
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Prospective school board candidates can download candidate information from the New Jersey School Boards Association’s web site 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.”
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