Board of Education FAQ:
If I have a question or concern about something in the district, who should I contact?
We believe that concerns can often best be solved at the level or with the people most closely involved with the concern. We encourage you to talk first with your child’s teacher, then principal, and then the Superintendent. Should the Superintendent be unable to resolve a problem, and it involves district policy, school board meetings and agenda items, the budget, or requests for specific courses or programs, the Board of Education is the final step in the process. Please remember that all personnel items should be referred directly to the school administration.
How is the board organized?
Holland has a nine member elected board. Following board elections in November, the board convenes a reorganization meeting during the first week in January, whereby a president and vice president are elected for a one year term by the new board. At that time, the president assigns board members to committees. The president is the primary spokesperson for the board. S/he also ensures that meetings are conducted efficiently. The president also works closely with the superintendent to discuss long-range plans for board meetings. The vice president fulfills these duties if the president is unable to do so.
What is the role of the Board of Education?
The Board of Education does not “run” the School district. That’s the job of the Superintendent. Rather, the Board’s job is to ensure that the school is well run. The Board does this by :
1) Setting district policies and goals
2) Communicating policies and goals to the administrator
3) Overseeing the budget
4) Hiring and evaluating the administrator/s
5) Serving as a communication link between the community and the school district.
6) Reviewing and approving items on our Board agenda.
Where can I get a copy of an upcoming Board of Education meeting agenda?
The Board of Education meeting agenda is posted at the school and on the school website by Monday afternoon prior to the meeting.
Why does the Board go into closed Executive Session?
The Holland Township Board of Education may meet in closed Executive Session prior to, or at the end of, a regular public meeting. In accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act (aka the “Sunshine Law”), closed Executive Sessions are not open to the public. Although debate may be private, any action taken must be in public session. The Board will indicate that “action may be taken” when they return to public session and before the meeting is adjourned. Only items that fall under the following topics may be discussed during closed Executive Session:
• Collective bargaining agreements/proposals or other contracts
• Personnel issues
• Matters confidential by law
• Items protected by attorney-client privilege
• Matters of individual privacy
• Specific pending or anticipated litigation
• Purchase or lease of real estate
• Protecting public safety
Who is eligible to serve on the board?
Citizens of Holland Township who have lived in the district for one year or more, are registered to vote, are able to read and write, are not serving as a member of local government or holding another elected office position, have no legal or financial conflict of interest with the board, and pass a criminal history review are eligible to serve. Board elections are held annually in November, and board members are elected for three-year terms.
What is the Board member’s Code of Ethics?
All school board members in New Jersey are required to abide by the following Code of Ethics for School Board Members:
a) I will uphold and enforce all laws, rules and regulations of the State Board of Education, and court orders pertaining to schools. Desired changes
shall be brought about only through legal and ethical procedures.
b) I will make decisions in terms of the educational welfare of children and will seek to develop and maintain public schools that meet the individual needs of all children regardless of their ability, race, creed, sex, or social standing.
c) I will confine my board action to policy making, planning, and appraisal, and I will help to frame policies and plans only after the board has consulted those who will be affected by them.
d) I will carry out my responsibility, not to administer the schools, but, together with my fellow board members, to see that they are well run.
e) I will recognize that authority rests with the board of education and will make no personal promises nor take any private action that may compromise the board.
f) I will refuse to surrender my independent judgment to special interest or partisan political groups or to use the schools for personal gain or for the gain of friends.
g) I will hold confidential all matters pertaining to the schools which, if disclosed, would needlessly injure individuals or the schools. In all other matters, I will provide accurate information and, in concert with my fellow board members, interpret to the staff the aspirations of the community for its school.
h) I will vote to appoint the best-qualified personnel available after consideration of the recommendation of the chief administrative officer.
i) I will support and protect school personnel in proper performance of their duties.
j) I will refer all complaints to the chief administrative officer and will act on the complaints at public meetings only after failure of an administrative solution.