July Deadline For BOE Candidates

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There will be two seats on the Verona Board of Education up for election this November and if you are interested in running, you will need to submit a nominating petition to the Essex County clerk by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 30.

The New Jersey School Boards Association has information on the candidacy process, as well as key election dates, nominating petitions, and the requirements for seeking election to, and serving on, the BOE. You can download its candidate kit here.

To serve on a BOE in New Jersey, you must be able to read and write, and be registered to vote in the district before filing a nominating petition. You also have to be a U.S. citizen and have lived in the school district for at least one year. You can’t be involved in any contracts with the board or have claims against it, and you can’t also be a member of the municipal government. If you have been convicted of certain crimes it will disqualify you from service and, if you are elected, you have to go through a criminal background check within 30 days. During your first year on the BOE, you also have to complete training in being a school board member.

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