Last Chance: Tuesday is Deadline to Run for School Board

June 5 is the deadline to file nominating petitions with the county clerk for November school board elections.

Let's say you're concerned about the services your special needs child is receiving at school. Or maybe you think testing scores for your district should be higher. Perhaps the school portion of your tax bill just seems out of whack to you. Then there's the possibility that you think the education your older child is receiving is top notch and you hope that that level of excellence continues for your younger kids.

If any of these notions resonates with you, perhaps you'd like to consider running for your town's school board, but you need to bust a move because the deadline for filing is Tuesday, June 5 at 4 p.m.

School board seats in 468 of New Jersey’s school districts will be on the ballot Nov. 6, the date of the General Election. For November school elections, the candidate’s nominating petition – the document that places their name on the ballot – must be submitted to the county clerk, not the local board of education office.

In Holmdel, there are (3) three-year seats available, held by Board Vice President Robin Wetmore and members Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu and Ray Tai. On Thursday, Wetmore and Liu said they would be seeking another term, but Tai noted his decade of service and said it was time to step down. 

In Hazlet, there are also (3) three-year seats available. They are held by Steve Willig, Francis "Mick" McGrath, and Celine McNally. All three have indicated they will run again, said Board Business Administrator Christopher Mullins. 

“Serving on a school board is a challenging and rewarding form of public service,” said John Bulina, New Jersey School Boards Association president. “It certainly is one way to make a profound impact on your community.”


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