The New Jersey School Boards Association expressed its support for the Newark Board of Education as the city’s school district returned to local control.

The New Jersey State Board of Education on Sept. 13 voted to end state control of the district, beginning a transition process for the school district that educates about 35,000 children. Newark had been under full state intervention for 22 years.

“Throughout the period of state control, the New Jersey School Boards Association has provided assistance to the Newark School District and its advisory board of education with the goal of advancing effective governance and the education program for the city’s public school children,” explained Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director.

“We commend the work of the Newark advisory board of education and State District Superintendent Chris Cerf on this milestone for the city’s school district. NJSBA looks forward to continuing our assistance to the school district as it completes the transition to local control.”

At the September 27 Essex County School Boards Association meeting, the Newark Board of Education will receive the Carole E. Larson Master Board Certification award from NJSBA’s Board Member Academy. In anticipation of Newark’s return to local control, the district’s advisory school board had worked with its NJSBA field service representative and other staff to meet the training and governance requirements of the advanced certification level.