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Board of Education

Administration Building
25 Valley Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4200

The Board of Education acts through corporate authority, that is, as if it were a single person.  The will of the Board is defined by Resolutions adopted by vote at a Board meeting.   You are welcome to attend any public meeting.

Individual Board members may bring any question, concern or suggestion to a Board Committee or full Board Meeting for discussion, but no action can be taken without full Board approval.  Individual Board members do not exercise authority over or direct staff.

In general, the following are the most important functions of the Board.

  • Setting and maintaining policies.
  • Approving the Annual School Budget.
  • Representing the community's educational philosophy.
  • Hiring and annual evaluation of the Superintendent.

Responsibility for day-to-day operations are that of the Superintendent of Schools and through him or her to the administrative, teaching and support staff of the district.

For more information about Board operations please see the ByLaws Section in the Board Policies

Board Agendas
To see the agenda for the next Board meeting, please click here.

Responsibilities of Board Members

Serving on a School Board, as outlined by the New Jersey School Board Association, includes the fulfillment of certain responsibilities as noted below:

1. Establishing goals for the public schools based on student educational needs, parent and community aspirations, state and federal standards and district financial resources.

2. Developing a philosophy of education that will become the basis for sound decisions that affect the governance of your community's schools.

3. Developing policies to guide the administration in managing the schools; and developing bylaws to direct the board in carrying out its governance responsibilities.

4. Developing a community understanding of educational issues and school policies through the maintenance of effective commnications systems.

5. Providing adequate funding through the school budget for the district's present and future needs .

6. Ensuring quality education by providing adequate facilities and equipment.

7. Establishing conditions that enable the administration to recruit and effectively evaluate professional staff.

8. Engaging in board self-evaluation and inservice training programs for the purpose of providing well-informed leadership and sound decision-making.

9. Establishing a process for the board to negotiate in good faith with its employees, while representing community educational goals and financial interests.

10. Abiding by the oath of office for school board members.

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