The Board of Education is the governing body of the school district, responsible for developing policy to ensure the proper care, management and control of district affairs, and supporting the mission of educating our students to reach their full potential. In addition, the Board of Education utilizes a Planning Calendar to help ensure compliance with State and Federal mandates.
In addition to setting policy, the Board hires the superintendent; approves staff hirings, resignations, terminations and leaves of absence; formulates and adopts the district budget; approves expenditures; approves educational programs (curriculum); and otherwise ensures that proper facilities and equipment are available to support teaching and learning in the district.
Board of Education members abide by the New Jersey Code of Ethics for School Board members. The Board of Education does not administer the school district; they ensure that it is run well. While Board members encourage communication with parents and local stakeholders there is a chain of communication that should be followed. Community members should always direct questions to the most specific and appropriate level. This means beginning with a specific teacher or building administrator, then approaching a district administrator, and then moving to central office before approaching a Board member with a specific question or issue.
Every January the Board holds an organizational meeting to elect officers and set committees and appointments. There are standing committees that usually meet monthly to discuss specific issues and make recommendations to the Board as a whole. Board members are appointed as liaisons to a variety of education-related and municipal organizations.