A new 10-episode video series produced by NJSBA, “Ten Things Every School Board Candidate Should Know Before Taking Office,” is complete and now available online. The series contains important information for candidates—and for newly-elected board members, including those beginning the preparation for taking office after school board elections this week.

Topics include criminal history record checks for newly elected board members; the Sunshine Law; the Board Member Code of Ethics; mandated training; and professional development opportunities.

Experts from NJSBA’s Legal and Labor Relations Services Department delve into these and other issues with Ray Pinney, host of NJSBA’s online interview program, “Education Matters.”

The Ten Things Every School Board Candidate Should Know Before Taking Office

Episode 1: Conflicts of Interest

Episode 2: The Sunshine Law (Open Public Meetings Act)

Episode 3: The Oath of Office—What It Means

Episode 4: Training Requirements for School Board Members

Episode 5: Criminal Background Checks

Episode 6: The Code of Ethics for School Board Members

Episode 7: Nepotism

Episode 8: Financial and Personnel Disclosure Forms and Other Filings

Episode 9: The Role of the School Board: Policy and Goal-Setting

Episode 10: Services and Resources for Board Members