In preparation for the November 2016 “sunset” of the state’s Accountability Regulations, NJSBA is establishing a staff task force to address strategies, including the crafting of draft regulations and/or legislation, for new regulations. The task force will consist of NJSBA staff and local board of education members.

Board members interested in serving on the task force should submit their names, board affiliation, email address and phone number to NJSBA at [email protected]by Friday, Oct. 9.

“We want to make sure that the new regulations promote responsible action and accountability, but do not handcuff school boards and their administrative staffs with red tape, restrictions and additional expense,” explained Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director. “To reach this goal by November 2016, we have to start working this fall, collecting data, soliciting member input and developing a strategy to guide our efforts.”

In 2008, the Department of Education instituted the regulations (N.J.A.C. 6A:23a, “Fiscal Accountability, Efficiency and Budgeting Procedures”). “Over the years, our members have found a number of code provisions to be burdensome and largely unnecessary,” said Feinsod.

Mike Kaelber, NJSBA director of legal and labor relations services, will direct the study. The task force is expected to complete its work by June 2016.