TRENTON, November 27, 2018—The Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey, a non-profit arm of the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), today announced that it has received a contribution from the New Jersey Schools Insurance Group (NJSIG) to support the Association’s intensive New Board Member Weekend Orientation program for new public school board members.
“NJSIG recognizes the importance of starting New Jersey’s new school board members off on the right foot, and we thank them for their support of NJSBA’s New Board Member Orientation program,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, chief executive officer of ELFNJ, and NJSBA executive director. “Research shows that a well-functioning, well-trained board can directly and positively impact student achievement. The New Board Member Orientation program provides the robust training that is critical for our school board members to lead our public schools into the 21st century and we are pleased to work with NJSIG on this important training program.” NJSIG has almost 35 years of experience helping New Jersey school districts by providing extensive training aimed at making schools safe.
New Jersey law mandates training for public school board members each year of their first three-year term and in the first year of a re-elected or re-appointed term. The New Board Member Orientation weekend programs provide hands-on training, immersing new board members in topics such as school law, finance, risk management, and policy, and gives board members the opportunity to work in small groups under the direction of skilled leaders.