Roxbury School Board Earns Master Board Certification

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The Roxbury Township Board of Education was one of the three latest districts to be recognized for the Carole E. Larsen Master Board Certification (MBC).

Boards of Education from Roxbury Public Schools, Denville Public Schools, and the Netcong School District were recognized Thursday, September 20th at the Morris County School Boards Association meeting in Mountain Lakes, NJ.

The Roxbury Board is now among the 29 Boards of Education that have achieved this level of recognition out of the 500+ districts in New Jersey since its inception in 2007. It is now held by a total of six School Boards in Morris County.

The MBC was created in 2007 after the passing of Carol E. Larsen, who lived in Morris County and was an NJSBA field service representative who according to Charlene Peterson, also an NJSBA field service representative, had been “a passionate believer in training”.

According to the New Jersey School Board Association (NJSBA) website, “The Carole E. Larsen Master Board Certification (MBC) is awarded in recognition of high performing boards. The board must provide evidence to demonstrate an emphasis on student achievement in their board actions. To earn the Carole E. Larsen Master Board Certification, a currently certified board within the first two years of earning its certification, must also complete at least 10 additional hours of training for a total of 26 board credits.”

The Roxbury Board of Education took on this training goal as one of its Board Goals determined at the July 2017 Board Retreat. Their stated goal said that the Board of Education for 2017/2018 would work toward achieving this certification.

Peterson, who oversees training for the Roxbury Board shared at the July 2018 Board Retreat that the Roxbury Board had fulfilled its requirements for the certification and with this knowledge, the Roxbury Board decided to continue receiving training in the coming school year on various topics including Social Media, Student Achievement, Board Operations, and Board Self-Evaluation/Superintendent’s Evaluation. These additional trainings were approved as one of the Board Goals for the current school year. The Board received its first training of the year on “Board Member Use of Social Media” at the September 17th public Board of Education meeting.

Ron Lucas, an individual member of the Roxbury Board was also recognized Thursday for becoming a Certified Board Member. This recognition is the second level of the NJSBA Board Member Academy certification program. The NJSBA website explains that this certification is for “areas of study designed to give members a firm foundation in the essential governance skills needed to carry out their responsibilities. Eligibility would not be considered until the third year of the board member’s first term of board service.”

To become a certified board member, individuals need to earn at least 20 cumulative credits, attend at least four county meetings, attend at least one annual NJSBA Workshop, attend at least one NJSBA Delegate Assembly, attend at least one statewide or regional professional development program, complete at least one term on their local board, and may not have been judged to have violated the School Ethics Act.

Janet Bamford, the Communications and Publications Manager from NJSBA shared that, “Both awards show a willingness on the part of the individual (in one case) and the entire board (in the other) to dedicate the time and effort required to undergo the additional training necessary to better serve the students of the district. Congratulations again to the Roxbury Board and to Mr. Lucas.”


Members of the Roxbury Board of Education and school district accept Carol E. Larsen Master Board Certification Plaque – (L to R): NJSBA President Dan Sinclair, MCSBA President Karen Cortellino, NJSBA Field Services Representative Charlene Peterson, Roxbury Board President Leo Coakley, Roxbury Board of Education Members: Carol Scheneck, Heather Champagne, Anne Colucci, and Ron Lucas, and NJSBA Vice President for County Activities Christy Tighe

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