TRENTON, April 24, 2015—The Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey, the non-profit arm of the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), today announced that it has received a $25,000 contribution from the Investors Bank Foundation to support the Association’s programs that provide relevant and effective governance training for local school board members. This represents the first installment of a $100,000 contribution pledged over a four-year period.
“Research shows that a well-trained school board can have a real and sustained impact on student achievement,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, CEO of ELFNJ and executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association. “ELFNJ’s mission supports the professional development of local school board members, so that they can govern effectively and work with their administrators in advancing student achievement.
“We are grateful to the Investors Bank Foundation for recognizing the contributions of local school board members and charter school trustees and the critical importance of their professional development.”
Commenting on the grant, Investors Bank President & CEO, Kevin Cummings said, “As a leading community-oriented bank, Investors Bank recognizes and supports the integral role public and charter schools play in communities throughout New Jersey. We’re pleased to support ELFNJ’s mission to provide governance training for school boards statewide. I believe education is a game-changer and commend school board members who give their time and talent to the schools, educators and students they serve.”
Investors Bank Foundation is a Creative Educational Supporter of ELFNJ. Its contribution will fund programming, which is provided to local school boards at no cost, including the New Board Member Orientation, training required under the New Jersey School Ethics Act and the New Jersey School Accountability Act; programming in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education; and training programs delivered at the county and regional levels.