New Jersey School Boards Association  

Trenton,  NJ 
United States
  • Booth: 1037

Since 1914, NJSBA has served local school boards through advocacy, training and direct services.

The New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) is a non-partisan, state-created federation of boards of education founded in 1914. It provides mandated governance training to the board of education members representing 580 public school districts and the trustees representing the majority of the state’s charter schools.

The Trenton, N.J.-based group has a full-time professional staff, deemed school officials as defined by the state School Ethics Commission. The NJSBA delivers direct servicesprofessional learningadvocacy and resources to school boards across the state to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students.

The NJSBA serves as a one-stop-shop for public school boards concerning policynews and informationlegal and labor relations resources and services specifically geared for elected and appointed local board of education officers.

The Association offers its members unparalleled service so they can positively support the education of New Jersey’s 1.4 million public school students.

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  • The Online University Hub offers engaging and interactive e-learning courses to all K-12 public school district stakeholders.

    The New Jersey School Boards Association forged a strategic partnership with the New Jersey Association of School Administrators to launch The Online University Hub, a year-round professional development academy for the entire K-12 public education community.

    Interactive training courses are specifically tailored to the education community including school leaders, staff, educators, and other school professionals.  For more information, click here

 Press Releases

  • Dr. Timothy J. Purnell, a former New Jersey Superintendent of the Year and the interim executive county superintendent of Morris County, has been named as the next executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association following a nationwide search. The organization’s Board of Directors approved the appointment unanimously May 13.

    Purnell will succeed Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod in July, who announced in January that he would retire as executive director after almost 10 years at the helm of the Association.

    “The NJSBA Executive Director Search Committee received scores of applications from throughout the country,” said NJSBA President Irene LeFebvre. “We were impressed with Dr. Purnell’s creativity, business acumen and commitment to the children of New Jersey. We’re confident that his enthusiasm, educational expertise, and business experience will be an asset to local boards of education and serve the Association well.”

    Purnell thanked the board of directors for appointing him to serve in such an important role. “I have long admired the work of NJSBA,” he said. “As a superintendent, I had the experience of working with the Association at various times and I understand the role that local boards of education play in advancing student achievement. I’m excited to take on this role, which will allow me to make a contribution to public education in New Jersey.”

    Purnell’s commitment to New Jersey students and educators runs deep.

    Since April 2021, he has served the New Jersey Department of Education as interim executive county superintendent of Morris County, providing general support and oversight between local school districts and Trenton.

    He was superintendent of Somerville Public Schools in Somerset County from 2011 to 2017. During his time in Somerville, he served as the legal chair of the New Jersey State Board of Examiners and president of the Somerset County Superintendents’ Roundtable.

    Prior to that, Purnell was superintendent of Harding Township schools.  He started his career as a science teacher in the Montclair Public Schools before rising up the ranks in school administration.

    In 2015, Purnell was named the New Jersey Superintendent of the Year by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, and in 2016, was awarded National Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents.

    He is the co-founder and CEO of “It’s Anonymous,” a startup that serves as an anonymous crowdsourcing platform for companies, businesses and communities to unleash their hidden potential.

    He earned a doctorate in educational administration from Seton Hall University, a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Montclair State University and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from the University of Delaware. He graduated from Montville Township High Schools and is a member of the MTHS Hall of Fame.


  • Corporate Opportunities
    NJSBA’s Corporate Membership Program focuses on the collaboration of businesses, non-profit organizations and the educational community working toward...
  • BoardDocs
    The New Jersey School Boards Association has partnered with BoardDocs for its member board management services and to provide board management software to lead your district forward....

  • The New Jersey School Boards Association has partnered with BoardDocs for its member board management services and to provide board management software to lead your district forward.

    Members may login through the NJSBA website to access the dues-based Critical Policy Reference Manual (CPRM), and the Policy Update List. For an additional fee, members can access a policy alerts and resources page, featuring clean and marked-up versions of policy updates, sample regulations, discretionary policies, and other valuable tools to keep your policy manual up to date.

    Through BoardDocs, NJSBA offers two cost-effective, powerful, easy-to-use solutions that will allow districts to significantly improve the way they create and manage board packets, access information, and conduct meetings: BoardDocs Pro and BoardDocs LT. Both products are fully supported on mobile devices and tablets. NJSBA also offers an online policy service through BoardDocs, to make your policy manual easily accessible online.

    NJSBA joins a growing list of state school board associations that have selected BoardDocs. BoardDocs services are proven to save districts money, while users see a dramatic increase in their board’s effectiveness and in their administrative time-of-staff productivity. Plus, only BoardDocs includes dedicated project management, on-site training, and U.S.-based, 24/7 technical support with every subscription.

    To learn more, contact Lou Schimenti, NJSBA products and services manager via email or by telephone at (609) 278-5271.

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