PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Board of Education has three seats up for election on November 7, and the deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions with the county clerk is July 31, 2017 by 4:00 pm.

Legal Requirements:  Each member of any board of education shall, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:12-1:

  • Hold U.S. citizenship;
  • Be a resident of the district for at least one year at the time of election or appointment;
  • Be able to read and write;
  • Be a registered voter in the district where the person is submitting the nomination petition (or being appointed);
  • Not be disqualified as a voter pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:4-1;
  • Not have been convicted of any of the crimes or offenses enumerated in N.J.S.A. 18A;12-1 or conspiracy to commit or attempt to commit any of said crimes;
  • Not be the mayor or a member of the governing body of the municipality; or
  • Not have a direct or indirect contract with or claim against the board.

To learn more, the New Jersey School Boards Association has put together a video series entitled, "The Ten Things Every School Board Candidate Shoud Know Before Taking Office."

  1. Conflicts of Interest
  2. The Sunshine Law (Open Public Meetings Act)
  3. The Oath of Office - What it Means
  4. Training Requirements for School Board Members
  5. Criminal Background Checks
  6. The Code of Ethics for School Board Members
  7. Nepotism
  8. Financial and Personnel Disclosure Forms and Other Filings
  9. The Role of the School Board:  Policy and Goal-Setting
  10. Services and Resources for Board Members

Additional information can be obtained from the New Jersey School Boards Association at or by contacting board secretary Patricia Leonhardt.