PARSIPPANY — The president of the New Jersey School Boards Association is urging citizens with a sincere interest in the education of Parsippany’s children to consider serving on the school board. The filing deadline for candidacy is 4 p.m., Monday, July 27.
Interested citizens can find information about the responsibilities of school board membership, qualifications for office, nominating petitions, and candidacy timelines on the NJSBA website at www.njsba.org/candidacy.
“Local school boards have a direct impact on the education received by New Jersey’s schoolchildren,” said Donald Webster, Jr., NJSBA president. “The board of education sets the goals and policies that represent the community’s aspirations for its public schools. The board selects the district’s superintendent and acts on his or her personnel recommendations. It negotiates collective bargaining agreements with teachers and other employees. And it makes critical decisions affecting curriculum, budgeting and facilities.
“Local school board membership is an unpaid and challenging public service, but it is also a rewarding public service that has a direct impact on the lives of our children and the quality of life in our communities,” he continued.
For their names to be placed on the November 3, 2015 election ballot, citizens seeking school board office must file a nominating petition at the Office of the County Clerk by the 4 p.m., July 27 deadline. A nominating petition must be signed by at least 10 registered voters within the school district.
Three seats are up for grabs this year. Fran Orthwein, Judy Mayer, and Michael Pietrowicz’ terms expire at the end of the year.