The NJSBA Delegate Assembly will take place Saturday, May 19. NJSBA reminds all school boards that decisions made by each Delegate Assembly are followed by action that often results in the introduction of legislation, the stopping of undesirable legislation, or the adoption of new State Board of Education policies. The Delegate Assembly gives local school boards the opportunity for input before these far-reaching statewide policy decisions are made. Therefore, we urge boards to review the recommendations of the committee reports and proposed resolutions so that their delegates are familiar with the issues. Policies adopted by the Delegate Assemblies are codified in NJSBA’s Manual of Positions and Policies on Education and can be viewed on the NJSBA website.
NJSBA Board of Directors The resolution proposes new policy language pertaining to school security and student safety, including the prevention of gun-related incidents and other types of violence, as well as mental health services and school security enhancements.
NJSBA also received resolutions submitted by the Manchester Regional and the Haledon Boards of Education, which are identical, proposing new policy language as follows: “The NJSBA believes that gun control measures including a ban on assault weapons, a limit on the size of clips/magazines and mandatory background checks for all types of weapons purchases are needed to protect the children of New Jersey.”
The Manchester Regional and Haledon resolutions were not moved forward for action by the Resolutions Subcommittee.
The proposed resolved clauses in the Board of Directors’ resolution would supplement an existing body of policy related to school safety and violence prevention.
Chesterfield (Burlington) The resolution proposes additional NJSBA policy requiring state aid be distributed formulaically, without growth limits and reflect current student population data.
Also on the agenda is the Sunset Review of File Code 9000 (Organization/Operations of Local Boards) of the NJSBA’s Manual of Positions and Policies on Education.
Notice was emailed/faxed to school business administrators, county association presidents and delegates on April 27 advising them that the resolutions and background materials and committee recommendations could be found at the Delegate Assembly webpage, so local boards could review these materials prior to the Delegate Assembly. The Delegate Assembly handbook was mailed to all delegates registered by May 4.
The May Delegate Assembly will be held at The Conference Center at Mercer. Directions are provided on the NJSBA website and in the delegate packet. Delegates may register online at “Register for the DA.”
If the delegate or alternate is unable to attend, any member of the board of education may be certified to represent the board at the meeting. To be certified, delegates must show proof on district letterhead that they have been designated to represent the board at the meeting.