The deadline for Boonton Town residents interested in considering a term on the Board of Education is 4 pm, Monday, July 25, 2022, when nominating petitions should be filed with the Office of the Morris County Clerk in Morristown. There will be 3 three-year seats expiring December 31, 2022, up for election. The general election will be on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
Please see the candidate kit on the New Jersey School Boards website.
Candidates for the Boonton Town Board of Education must meet the following requirements:
To Become a member of a local board of education in New Jersey, you must:
- Be able to read and write
- Hold citizenship and one year's residency in the school district
- Be registered to vote in the district before filing the nominating petition
- Have no interest in any contract with, or claim against, the board
- Not hold office as mayor or member of the municipal governing body
- Not simultaneously hold two elective offices
- Not be disqualified from membership for the conviction of certain crimes. (Within 30 days of election or appointment to the board, a member must undergo a criminal history background investigation through the state Department of Education.)
Serving on a School Board (From NJSBA)
As one member of the school board team, you will be expected to cooperate with administrators, educators and the community in order to fulfill certain basic responsibilities:
- Establishing goals for the public schools based on student educational needs, parent and community aspirations, state and federal standards and district financial resources.
- Developing a philosophy of education that will become the basis for sound decisions that affect the governance of your community’s schools.
- Developing policies to guide the administration in managing the schools; developing bylaws to direct the board in carrying out its governance responsibilities.
- Developing a community understanding of educational issues and school policies through the maintenance of effective communications systems.
- Providing adequate financing for the district’s present and future needs.
- Ensuring quality education by providing adequate facilities and equipment.
- Establishing conditions that enable the administration to recruit and effectively evaluate professional staff.
- Engaging in board self-evaluation and inservice training programs for the purpose of providing well-informed leadership and sound decision-making.
- Establishing a process for the board to negotiate in good faith with its employees, while representing community educational goals and financial interests.
- Abiding by the oath of office for school board members.
You should also:
- Understand that your responsibility is not to administer the schools, but to work with the board to see that the schools are well run.
- Understand that education today is extremely complex.
- Listen to opposing views and be able to defend the board's philosophy and goals.
- Be willing to invest the many hours necessary to meet your responsibilities.
- Serve out of a sincere desire to benefit the community rather than for personal glory or to carry out personal objectives.
- Bear in mind that, as a state official, you have a responsibility to all the children in the state, not solely to those in the local district.