About the Board of Education
The Board of Education is a legislative body whose powers are defined by the state of New Jersey. The Board comprises nine residents of the school district who are elected by the voters. Board members serve on a volunteer basis without compensation.
The Board is charged with providing a thorough and efficient education for the children of the Cherry Hill community and for developing policy to carry out that goal. The Board selects a Superintendent to direct the daily operation of the schools in accordance with Board policies. The Superintendent is both the educational advisor to the Board and the chief administrator of the District. He is a non-voting member of the Board.
Board member responsibilities include setting policy, establishing goals, and adopting yearly operating budgets for the school district. These and other matters are discussed during the monthly cycle of Board meetings.
Board members are not responsible for the day to-day operation of the schools. Concerns relating to individual problems occurring at the school level (e.g., instruction, building maintenance, school lunches) are best brought to the attention of the building principals, who can handle the concerns most promptly and effectively. Matters that are not satisfactorily resolved at the school level may be referred to the Assistant Superintendents or Superintendent.
Board members recognize the enormous responsibility they have in setting the course for the school district and strive to make informed decisions. Board members resolve issues after receiving input from administration, staff, students, parents, and community members. The review of written background material, attendance at committee meetings, along with workshop and seminar participation contribute to responsible choices by Board members.