BOE Election Filing Deadline is Feb. 25
Three, three-year terms on the Midland Park Board of Education are up for election on April 16. The seats are currently held by Sandra Criscenzo, Richard Formicola and Brian McCourt. Those wishing to run for the election need to submit a notarized Nominating Petition with signatures from at least 10 qualified voters in the district to the school board secretary by Feb. 25.
Candidates must meet the following qualifications:
- Be able to read and write
- Hold U.S. citizenship and one year's residency in 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.
The Board of Education adopts policies for the district, oversees the budget, approves the curriculum, hires and evaluates the superintendent and represents the public in negotiating teacher's contracts. The time commitment involved in serving on the school board ranges from 15 to 50 hours a month, according to national statistics. In Midland Park, the school board typically meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
Under NJ law, all elected school board members must undergo training during their first year of service to the district including an intensive Orientation Conference. Board members must also attend training each subsequent year of their first term and within the first year of election to subsequent terms.