TRENTON, September 19, 2016—Conflicts of interest. The New Jersey School Ethics Act. Criminal history record checks. All are topics that every school board candidate should know about.

To help prospective board members understand the requirements of the office, the New Jersey School Boards Association has created a video series, Ten Things School Board Candidates Should Know.

The first installment, “Number 1 – Conflicts of Interest,” has just been posted online. It features NJSBA Director of Legal & Labor Relations Services Mike Kaelber. Future segments, to be posted weekly, will address collective bargaining, training requirements, and the paperwork that must be completed to serve on a school board. Ray Pinney, host of NJSBA’s Education Matters program, will delve into these issues with experts from the NJSBA staff.

The videos, which vary in length from 3 to 5 minutes, will be accessible through NJSBA’s web site at

In addition, starting next week, NJSBA will host three regional School Board Candidate Briefings. The free evening sessions will address the responsibilities of school board membership.


The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of the state’s local boards of education and includes the majority of New Jersey’s charter schools as associate members. NJSBA provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.