Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Advisory Board?

The Advisory Board serves as an oversight committee to review school district programs and operations that  serve the district’s elementary and secondary schools as well as Central Office.

How long is the term for Advisory Board members?

Advisory Board elections are held once a year in April. Advisory board members serve a three-year term.

What is the purpose of Advisory Board meetings?

Advisory Board meetings are held monthly to allow the public an opportunity to hear the discussions between the district’s administration and Advisory Board Members regarding actions that impact programs and operations within the school district.  All meetings are governed under the Open Public Meetings Act of 1975.  The public participation section is included during the meeting to allow the public to ask questions of the Superintendent and Advisory Board Members.

When are board meetings held?

Advisory Board meetings are held on the third and fourth Tuesday of the month.  The business meetings are held at the district’s headquarters at 2 Cedar Street.  General meetings are held at different school locations, within the auditorium, throughout the school year.  Business meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.  and general public meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. Schedules of meetings are advertised in the Star-Ledger and on the district’s Website.

What are the procedures for speaking at Advisory Board Meetings?

Persons interested in speaking at the meetings must register, in writing, to the Office of the State District Superintendent, The Newark Public Schools, 2 Cedar Street, 10th Floor, Newark, New Jersey 07102 by 4 p.m., five (5) calendar days prior to the date of the meeting.

The request should include the individual’s name, address and detailed description of topic to be addressed.

Is there a time limit to address the Board?

Individuals will present remarks within a (3) three-minute time period. Persons representing an organization will be allowed five (5) minutes.

What is the decorum for the meetings?

Speakers  must be present when their names are called and are required to give their names and addresses or name of organizations that they represent at the beginning of their comments.  Sharing or granting of speaking time to others is not allowed.  Individuals will be cautioned that personally directed statements may be slanderous or defaming and the individual may be liable for his/her statements.  In addition, personal attacks, naming of district employees, racial slurs, excessive loudness or generally disruptive behavior or attempts to incite others to do so may be grounds to be asked to leave a meeting.  If necessary, the Advisory Board Meeting will be adjourned.

What if Newark Public Schools are unexpectedly closed or dismissed early on the day of a scheduled Board Meeting?

If Newark Public Schools are closed or dismissed early (for example, due to inclement weather), any Board meeting scheduled on that same date will be cancelled. If Newark Public Schools are open or have a delayed opening, any Board meeting scheduled on that same date will remain scheduled.