Five board seats available

Board will begin interviewing for appointments to replace vacant seats through 2014


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Important dates
July 28, 4 p.m. - The deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions with the county clerk
Aug. 7, - Last day to amend a defective petition
Sept. 5 - Last day for a candidate to withdraw from the election
Nov. 4 - Election Day
NOTE: Board members must undergo criminal history record checks through the New Jersey Department of Education within 30 days of election or appointment
Jan. 1 – 7, 2015 - Newly elected board members are sworn in at annual board organizational meetings

Five of the nine board of education seats will be on the ballot this November, as voters will elect three trustees for the regular three-year term as well as two additional trustees to fill the unexpired terms of David Richards and Donna Richards.

Filling unexpired terms
The West Milford Township Board of Education will soon begin the process of filling the two current seats of the Richards', who announced recently they are moving out of the township. Both were elected for a second three-year term this past November, which will expire in 2016. As a result, the board will begin interviewing candidates for appointment to fill those seats for the remainder of 2014. The Richards' are leaving the board on May 31. The school board must fill those positions within 60 days of vacancy. Those interested in applying for the appointment to these seats should contact the board office for information to be considered for the interview process.

Running in November
All potential candidates for the three three-year terms as well as the two unexpired terms must file nominating petitions with the Passaic County Clerk's office by July 28 to be included on the November election ballot.

The three seats that expire at the end of 2014 are currently held by board Vice President Wayne Gottlieb, Matthew Conlon, and Marilyn Schultz.

Want to Be a board of education trustee?

Prospective school board candidates may obtain a “School Board Candidate Kit” from the New Jersey School Boards Association online at www.njsba.org. The School Board Candidate Kit includes nominating petition information, information about legal qualifications for school board candidacy and the role of the school board member, information about the New Jersey Ethics Act, and important dates in the school election process.

Nominating petitions may be picked up at the Passaic County Clerk's office, 401 Grand St., Room 130, Paterson, or download it from www.passaiccountynj.org.

Petitions must be filed with the county clerk by July 28 at 4 p.m. in order to be on the Nov. 4 ballot.

To be considered for the vacant trustee seats, applicants should contact the board of education office to set up an interview with the school board. The interview process begins when the position are vacated on May 31.

For more information about the election process, contact the county clerk at 973-881-4127.

To contact the West Milford Township Board of Education to set up an interview for the vacant school board seats , call 973-697-1700.

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