2018-2019 BOARD MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
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CANDIDATE INFORMATION FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP
Congratulations! You have taken the first step toward filling a vital role for your community. The Camden City School District is seeking candidates for one (1) vacant unexpired term on the Advisory Board of Education. All candidate applications will be reviewed and selected for appointment by the Executive County Superintendent of Schools at the Camden County Office of Education.

The New Jersey Department of Education Camden County Office of Education provides leadership and support, builds capacity, develops partnerships, and responds to the needs of local school districts, charter schools, renaissance schools, stakeholders and community members in the ongoing pursuit of educational excellence and quality designed to increase the life changes of all students in the county of Camden.
QUALIFICATIONS - Candidates for board membership must meet the following qualifications:
• Must be a citizen of the United States of America
• Must be at least 18 (eighteen) years of age to qualify for office
• Must be able to read and write
• Must be a resident of the municipality from which he/she is to be appointed/elected for at least one
year preceding the date of the appointment/election
• Has not been disqualified as a voter pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:4-1
• Must be a registered voter in the district
• Has not been convicted of a disqualifying crime pursuant to N.J.S.A.18A:12-1

No board of education member shall be directly or indirectly involved in any contract with, or claim against, the board.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR POTENTIAL CANDIDATES
CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECK:
Within 30 days of election or appointment to the board, a member must undergo a criminal history background investigation through the New Jersey Department of Education. Under state law, board members who do not complete the fingerprinting process within the 30-day period following appointment/election could be declared ineligible to serve in office. If the completed criminal history review reveals conviction(s) for any offences listed in the statute (https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/PL11/72_.HTM), the individual will be disqualified from office. To schedule an appointment, access the Criminal History Review Unit’s direct website https://nj.gov/education/crimhist/index.html

NEPOTISM:
The School Ethics Act and nepotism legislation impact the ability of board members who have relatives working in the school district to act in areas such as personnel and collective negotiations.

REQUIRED TRAINING:
New Jersey law requires that, during the first year of their first term in office, all board of education members complete training in the roles and responsibilities of school board membership. The NJSBA Board Member Academy offers a nationally acclaimed, intensive Orientation Conference that provides training on all areas of school board responsibility. (State law also requires board members to take additional NJSBA training in each of the subsequent two years of their first term in office, as well as within the first year after re-election or reappointment to an additional term.)
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