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Four Newcomers Seek Three Seats on Roxbury School Board

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ROXBURY, NJ - Four people, none being incumbents, met Monday's 4 p.m. deadline to get on the ballot for this November's Roxbury School Board election, where voters will chose three to fill 3-year seats on the 10-person board.

Petitions to be on the ballot were filed on time by Joseph Bocchino IV of Succasunna, Heather Champagne of Landing, Anne Colucci of Succasunna and Eric Pilkington of Ledgewood, according to the Morris County Clerk's Office.

Not listed as filing petitions were the three incumbent board members with expiring terms Pat Miller, James Monaghan, Jr. and David Ramage.

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The election will take place Nov. 7 and the new board members will take office in January.

Champagne unsuccessfully ran for Roxbury Township Council in 2015.

To get on the November ballot, the candidates needed to file nominating petitions that were signed by at least 10 registered voters of the school district. 

School board membership is a non-partisan, unpaid public office. The board of education "sets the policies that guide school district operations, affecting what is taught in the classroom and how it is taught, as well as staffing, extracurricular programming and the use of school buildings," said the New Jersey School Boards Association. "It adopts curriculum, approves the budget, hires and evaluates the superintendent, and negotiates contracts with staff, including teachers."

The association added that "local school board members do not run the schools—that’s the job of the superintendent and administration. But together with their fellow board members, they ensure that the schools are well-run."

To serve on a local school board, a person must be a U.S. citizen, have been a district resident for at least one year and be a registered voter in the district or municipality. Some criminal offenses can disqualify prospective candidates  and all newly elected members are subject to criminal history record checks.

 

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