Everyone has an opinion on how to run their local schools.

Every year the state gives residents a chance to actually do it by running for their local Board of Education.

The requirements are pretty simple. You must:

• Be able to read and write

• Hold U.S. citizenship and one year’s residency in the school


• Be registered to vote in the district as of election day

• Have no interest in any contract with, or claim against, the


• Not hold office as mayor or member of the municipal governing


• Not simultaneously hold two elective offices

The deadline to file is 4 p.m. March 1. The election is April 20.  Petitions can be picked up at local school district offices. More information is also on the  http://www.njsba.org/candidacy/">New Jersey School Board's website.

Granted, it's not a fun time to be on a school board. Budgets are tight and state aid is uncertain.  But if you're concerned about property taxes and education, that's reason enough to get involved.