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The Promise of Public Schools

Public schools are committed to inspiring social mobility and are the source of hope, well-being, and productivity. They are at the heart of any society committed to dynamic civic engagement. They prepare the next generation of citizens and leaders for global awareness, global competition, and global problem-solving. In service to all regardless of heritage and circumstance, the success of public schools is the foundation and promise of social peace and prosperity.
- Teaneck Board of Education

Board of Education Overview

“The school board consists of lay representatives – people who live in the community and are selected by the community. They’re your neighbors: parents, grandparents, local business owners, retirees – ordinary citizens. They are non-partisan and they receive no pay or benefits for their public service.   New Jersey state law requires school board members to attend training in the first, second and third years of a first term, and in the first year of a re-elected or reappointed term. The New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) is the state-designated provider of Mandated Training, which is available at no cost to members.”

“The school board has a dual role: To represent the concerns of the citizens, taxpayers and parents to the school administrators, and to represent the needs of the students and school district to the citizens, taxpayers and parents of the community. The school board does not operate the district on a day-to-day basis; that is the job of the superintendent, who is the district’s chief executive. Rather, the school board sets the policies, goals and objectives for the district – and it holds the superintendent responsible for implementing the policies and achieving the goals.”

Source:  NJ School Boards Association

Conducting Business and Learning About Our Schools

A quorum of five Board members is needed to conduct any official school business. In addition to the Board, the Superintendent and members of his administrative team will be on hand to provide reports and explanations on matters of concern to the Board. At most meetings, a Curriculum & Instruction department representative will share information about program and service effectiveness, and future plans to enhance teaching and learning in and outside the classroom.

Meeting Schedule

For a schedule of Board of Education meetings call the Board Secretary’s Office in the District Administration Office at (201) 833-5511, click on the Board Meeting link on our district web site for meeting notices.

Visit https://www.teaneckschools.org/MeetingScheduleAgenda.aspx for Board Meeting information. 

Board Agendas

Board business agendas are available in the District Administration Building in the Board Secretary’s Office on the day of the meeting and copies are available at each meeting. The agenda is posted on the district website on the day of the meeting. The agenda contains the business to be considered at each meeting. Board members receive the agenda and supporting documents before the meeting to ensure that they are prepared to review, discuss and make decisions regarding the monthly business at hand. The Board agendas and the minutes from previous public meetings are posted on the district web site.

Visit https://www.teaneckschools.org/MeetingScheduleAgenda.aspx for Board Meeting information. 


Community Engagement

Citizen participation is an essential component to successful school programs. Members of the community may serve on their child’s PTO or PTA and/or on district and school advisory councils. If you are interested, contact your child’s school or call the Office of School/Community Relations at (201) 833-5512.

Our community serves as an important resource. We invite you to become involved in your child’s school or a neighborhood school, call or stop by and find out how you can help. Volunteers are invaluable in our schools: tutoring students, serving on PTO/A boards or community councils, assisting teachers, supervising activities, etc. Call the school at which you would like to use your particular talents or interests to serve our children or the Office of School/Community Relations at (201) 833-5512.

Addressing Concerns

Community members with questions concerning the operation of district schools are encouraged to first contact the teacher or staff member closest to the situation. The next step is to contact the school principal. Then, if necessary, concerns may be brought to the attention of a District administrator. Unresolved matters will be brought to the Superintendent.

Press Coverage

News media representatives are invited to each Board meeting. Meetings are frequently covered by the Teaneck Suburbanite and The Record, and in some cases television and radio news organizations.