Board Member Vacancy

Posted on 03/17/2023
Old Tappan Board of Education Board Member Vacancy

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Old Tappan Board of Education

Board Member Vacancy

Due to the resignation of a Board of Education member, the Old Tappan Board of Education has a vacancy.   This vacancy will be filled by an appointment made by the remaining members of the Board at a public meeting on May 8, 2023 beginning at 8:00 p.m. 

The process for filling a vacancy differs from a typical school board election. The person appointed by the Board will become a full member of the Board and serve in that position until the next reorganization meeting in January, 2024. 

In order to be considered for this appointment, interested candidates must submit a letter of interest, resume, and any other available information indicating their qualifications.  

These materials may be mailed to the attention of Mr. Douglas Barrett, School Business Administrator/ Board Secretary, c/o The Old Tappan Board of Education, 277 Old Tappan Rd, Old Tappan, NJ 07675 or emailed to [email protected] with “Board Vacancy Application” in the subject line. 

The deadline for receiving materials is Monday, April 17, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

Interviews with candidates for the vacancy will be conducted by the Board of Education in Executive Session on Monday, April 24, 2023 beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m.  Each applicant will be a specific appointment time and will be interviewed separately.  After all interviews are completed, the Board will deliberate. 

At the May 8, 2023 Board of Education Meeting, the Board will make a nomination(s) to fill the vacancy and then vote to appoint one of the candidates. The candidate with a majority vote of the remaining members of the Board will immediately take the oath of office and be seated.

The person selected to fill the vacancy will have to undergo a full criminal background check within 30 days of appointment.

Legal qualifications (pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:12-1):

  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be a resident of Old Tappan for at least one (1) year at the time of election or appointment;
  • Be able to read and write;
  • Be a registered voter in the district;
  • Not be disqualified as a voter pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:4-1;
  • Not have been convicted of any of the crimes or offenses enumerated in N.J.S.A. 18A;12-1 or conspiracy to commit or attempt to commit any of said crimes;


Additional information can be obtained from the New Jersey School Boards Association at

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