Plumsted school board will add two seats

PLUMSTED — The deadline to file a nominating petition to run for a seat on the Plumsted School District Board of Education is 4 p.m. March 2. The annual school election is scheduled for April 21.

Effective with this election, the school board is increasing its membership from five to seven members.

The term of current board member Joanna Barlow will be ending in April. The seat now held by Barlow and the two new seats will be on the ballot on Election Day. All three of the available terms will be for three years, according to information provided by the school district.

Prospective school board candidates can obtain a School Board Candidate Kit at the school district offices.

Published by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), the School Board Candidate Kit includes a sample nominating petition and information about legal qualifications for school board candidacy and the role of the school board member.

Information about the New Jersey School Ethics Act, important dates in the school election process, and briefing sessions for school board candidates is also included in the kit.

According to the NJSBA, there are several requirements that must be met in order for an individual to run for election to a school board in the Garden State.

Those requirements include being able to read and write; holding U.S. citizenship and at least one year’s residency in the school district; having no interest in any contract with, or claim against, the board; not holding office as the mayor or a member of the municipal governing body or, in the case of county school districts, the county governing body; and being registered to vote in the school district.