JACKSON – With the recent resignation of Township School Board member Thomas Colucci, the panel is inviting residents to apply to be appointed to fill his vacant seat.
Colucci’s resignation was accepted during the Board’s January 21 meeting. His work schedule has changed and he will not be able to serve.
Unlike the process involved in a typical school board election, according to state law, Board members are seeking to appoint someone to fill the position.
The person appointed could then file a petition to run in the November 2, 2021 election to fill the remaining year of the unexpired term. In order for an individual to be considered for this appointment, the interested party must submit a resume and cover letter that outlines their qualifications and their reasons for wanting to serve on the Board.
February 10 is the deadline for receiving materials. The materials can be mailed to the attention of Michelle Richardson, Board Secretary at the Jackson Township Board of Education office located at 151 Don Connor Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those interested are asked to put “Board Vacancy” in the subject line of their e-mail to the School Board.
District Business Administrator and Board Secretary Michelle Richardson said the board will invite applicants to the closed session portion of the February 17 board meeting to make a brief statement of no longer than five minutes that elaborates on their submitted materials and the board may ask any needed follow-up questions.
The public portion of that board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at which time the board will vote in public to appoint someone to the fill the vacancy. The newly appointed board member would then be sworn in to a one-year term.
The qualifications for a board member, established by state law, include being a United States citizen; a resident of the district for at least one year at the time of election or appointment; being able to read and write and being a registered voter in the district where the person is submitting the nomination petition (or being appointed).
Other qualifications include not being a disqualified voter, not being convicted of any of the crimes or offenses enumerated in N.J.S.A. 18A;12-1 or conspiracy to commit or attempt to commit any of said crimes.
The interested individual cannot be serving as the mayor or a member of the governing body of the municipality and cannot have a direct or indirect contract with or claim against the board.
Additional information can be obtained from the New Jersey School Boards Association at njsba.org/about/membership/school-board-candidacy.
Those interested are advised to call the Board Secretary’s Office at 732-833-4603.