Becoming a Board Member
To become a member of a local board of education in New Jersey, you must:
- Be able to read and write
- Hold U.S. citizenship and one year's residency within the school district
- Be registered to vote in the district before filing the nominating petition
- Have no interest in any contract with, or claim against, the board
- Not hold office as mayor or member of the municipal governing body
- Not simultaneously hold two elective offices
- Not be disqualified from membership for the conviction of certain crimes (Within 30 days of election or appointment to the board, a member must undergo a criminal history background investigation through the state Department of Education.)
Fingerprinting for Board Members
All prospective Board members must be fingerprinted prior to serving on a Board of Education in a New Jersey Public School District.
If you have had your fingerprints scanned after 2/21/2003, then you only need to archive your fingerprints. Any fingerprints taken prior to 2/21/2003 need to be completed through MorphoTrak’s livescan process.
Please visit http://www.nj.gov./education/educators/crimhist/ to schedule your appointment to have your fingerprints scanned or to archive your fingerprints with the District. For further instructions, click here
Should you have any questions regarding the fingerprinting process please contact Kate McEntee, Human Resources, at 856-467-4600 ext. 4323.