What are the primary responsibilities of the Montgomery Township Board of Education?
To fulfill the district’s educational mission, the Board of Education sets district policy which is then implemented by the District’s Superintendent and administrators. The Board adopts a fiscally sound annual budget, sets student and district achievement goals, and reviews curriculum changes.
When and where are Board meetings held?
Board meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Middle School Media Center at 375 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman, New Jersey. In December, July and August, the Board of Education only meets once. Changes in a meeting's location, starting time or topic, are posted at www.mtsd.k12.nj.us and on Channel 27 (Comcast Cable) and Channel 40 (Verizon FIOS). You may also call the Board of Education office with any questions at (609) 466-7617.
What is the composition of the Board?
Nine community members, elected on a staggered basis, serve three-year terms of office without pay.
What transpires at Board meetings?
There are two types of meetings, workshop meetings, generally held on the second Tuesday of the month, and business meetings, generally held on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Workshop meetings cover selected discussion topics (announced ahead of time in the Meeting Notice), Board committee/representative reports, reviews of meeting minutes and the draft action agenda to be voted on at the business meeting. Business meetings include any new board and public business, the Superintendent's report, action agenda, old Board business and announcements by the President.
Are members of the public given an opportunity to speak at public board meetings?
Public meetings of the board of education are conducted in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act. The public is given several opportunities to speak at these meetings. At the workshop meetings, the public is given an opportunity to ask questions or make comments regarding committee and representative reports made at that meeting. Additionally, depending upon the topics being discussed at the workshop meetings, the Board President may seek public comments or questions at his or her discretion. During the business meeting, the public is given an opportunity to speak on any new business that has not been previously discussed by the Board, the Superintendent’s report, and any action items being considered by the Board at that meeting. Please be respectful in your remarks. Failure to abide by the code of conduct (read by the Board President at every meeting) will result in immediate forfeiture of speaking privileges for the current discussion period.
Can I bring concerns about a classroom situation to the Board of Education?
There is a chain of command within the District that helps ensure that all concerns, requests, and questions are handled efficiently. The chain begins with the classroom teacher, moves to the building principal, and then to the Superintendent. This process enables concerns to be solved by the person closest to the situation who can generally provide the quickest and most accurate answer. If the issue is still not resolved to your satisfaction, the Board of Education is a last resort.
Are there any guidelines for addressing the Board of Education?
When addressing the Board, individuals are asked to state their name and address, and, if representing a group or organization, identify it by name. To allow time for others to address the Board, speakers are asked to focus their discussion as per the meeting agenda and limit their remarks to five minutes. Comments should be addressed to the officer presiding at the meeting, rather than individual Board members or District personnel.
Does the Board of Education ever meet in smaller committees?
The Board has a variety of standing committees to deal with such issues as building and grounds, curriculum, policy, finance, etc. The Board may create ad hoc committees to consider new initiatives. Ad hoc committees generally include Board members, faculty, staff and district residents. Committees report at Board Meetings but are not empowered to take action. Action can only be taken by the full Board of Education.
Is the Board of Education permitted to meet privately?
There are occasions when the full Board of Education meets privately in Executive Session following public notice of the meeting or upon taking action to convene in executive session. Board members are ‘honor bound’ not to disclose Executive Session information. Among the limited topics that Executive Session discussions may entail are: personnel issues, labor negotiations, legal matters and items of a confidential nature. The Board usually meets in Executive Session prior to the 7:30 p.m. start of its workshop and business meetings.
Where can I get more information about the Montgomery Township Board of Education?
You may contact the Montgomery Township Board of Education by calling (609)466-7601; by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by mail at Montgomery Township School District, 1014 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558. Information can also be found at the Montgomery Township School web site at www.mtsd.k12.nj.us
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