February is School Board Recognition Month

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PETERSBURG – Since the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) recognizes February as School Board Recognition Month, the school board unanimously passed a resolution honoring school board members across the state during its Monday, Jan. 28 meeting. 

According to the NJSBA, school board members play an essential role in student’s lives. Collectively, they oversee 586 school districts, operating 2,500 public schools providing educational services to nearly 1.4 million children.


Building a foundation of success, school board members set policies and make important decisions concerning curriculum, financing and staffing.

This is the 12th annual School Board Recognition Month as designated by the New Jersey School Boards Association. There are about 4,800 local school board members in New Jersey. 

The Upper Township school board has nine members, three of whom serve double duty as voting members on the Ocean City Board of Education.

School board president Michele Barbieri said board members, who volunteer their time and effort without any compensation, effectively work an unpaid full-time job. But they do so willingly because they want to make a difference in the community and make the school system the best it can be, to benefit the children, she said.

At the end of the meeting, Anna Kuemmerle, president of the Upper Township Education Association, said she wanted to “say thank you to the board.”

“We all appreciate your service and how much the teachers and the students count on you every day,” she said.

Resident Russ Morano, who attended the Jan. 28 school board meeting, asked Upper Township Committee to approve a resolution honoring the local school board during its meeting later that same night.

“The school board shouldn’t have to honor themselves,” he said. “They do a lot of hard work for the kids in this community.”

Committee members said they would prepare a resolution recognizing the school board and School Board Recognition Month at their first meeting in February.


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