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.