Hillsborough Township School District
About the Board of Education
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Any message sent using this email address will go to all nine members of the Hillsborough Board of Education. Individual board members have no authority when the Board is not in session, except in specific instances when such authority may be delegated by the whole Board. Individual members of the Board do not have the authority to make decisions, only the Board of Education as a whole has this kind of decision-making authority. Questions or concerns should first be addressed with the most direct and appropriate level of the staff.
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Emails sent to the BOE will also be copied to the Superintendent of Schools and Board Secretary.
The Hillsborough Township Board of Education, both as a state agency and as the elected representative body of the citizens of the Township on school matters, is legally responsible for education in our school district. The general duties of the Board are defined in Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes. Portions of the statutes outlined in 18A state or imply that a local Board of Education has the power to operate the local public schools within compliance of state and federal mandates. The Board is comprised of nine members each serving three year terms. Members of the Board of Education volunteer their time and are not offered compensation.
The responsibilities of the Board include setting and evaluating policy, establishing goals, overseeing that the district is responsibly moving forward, and adopting a fiscally sound operating budget for the school district. Board members act on recommendations put forth by the Superintendent of Schools, meet with community groups, and receive input from parents, students, and the community-at-large.
The Board of Education convenes four types of meetings:
Regular meetings, also known as action meetings, are typically held on the third Monday of each month. The regular business of the board is conducted at these meetings. In the event schools are closed on the third Monday of the month, the meeting will be held on the fourth Monday. The regular board meeting order of business includes:
Although time is allotted at each regular public action meeting of the Board for public comments, it is requested that concerns first be addressed with the most direct and appropriate level of staff in order to resolve outstanding issues. However, parents and residents are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings to share their interest, concerns, and/or suggestions.
Closed meetings are the only meetings conducted by the board that are not open to the public. They are governed by the Open Public Meetings Act and are held to discuss topics exempted by law from the requirements that meetings be open to the public. Typical subjects discussed at these meetings include personnel matters, contract negotiations, and litigation. Closed sessions are convened with proper public notice or after a resolution is adopted at a public meeting, stating the general nature of the subjects to be discussed. Discussion is restricted to those subjects declared.
Special meetings are held when important business of the board cannot be conducted within the time confines of the regular and work meetings. Items to be discussed or acted upon at special meetings are limited by law to those listed on the published agenda. No other items may be introduced or discussed. Public input is also limited to items on the posted agenda.
Last Modified on July 5, 2012