The Position:

    The Shrewsbury Borough School District Board of Education is seeking a qualified candidate for membership to the Board.  The Board, within the powers delegated to it by law, is the policy-making legislative branch of the School District.  This term will run until December 31, 2024.  In November 2024, the position will be placed on the ballot at the annual election.  The Board of Education prefers a candidate that will work cooperatively with the existing Board of Education, remains non-partisan with a child-centered focus and shares the values of the District as outlined in its Mission Statement.


    • Requirements as set forth by NJSA 18A:12-1 et seq.
    • A citizen of the United States of America
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Able to read and write
    • A resident of the Shrewsbury municipality for at least (1) year preceding the date of appointment
    • Not directly/indirectly interested in a contract with a claim against the Board
    • Registered to vote in the District
    • Not disqualified as a voter pursuant to NJSA 19:4-1
    • Has not been disqualified due to the conviction of a crime or offense listed in N.J.S.A. 18A:12-1

    To Apply:

    Any qualified Shrewsbury resident interested in serving the children of our school district should submit a letter of interest and an outline of work experiences via email to casel@sbs-nj.org.

    Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 9, 2024, until 3:00 p.m.

    The Board of Education will review all qualifying applicants.

    Interviews are anticipated to be conducted before the Board on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the scheduled Board of Education meeting held in the Media Center, Shrewsbury Borough School District, 20 Obre Place, Shrewsbury, NJ.


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Board Members

Title Name
Jessica Groom, President groomje@sbs-nj.org
Heather Gourley-Thompson, Vice President gourleythompsonh@sbs-nj.org
Carolyn Barber barbersenac@sbs-nj.org
Michael Galvin galvinm@sbs-nj.org
Karen Hepburn-Goldberg hepburngoldbergk@sbs-nj.org
David Ngo ngod@sbs-nj.org
Sarah Choi chois@sbs-nj.org
Cate Moore cmoore@sbs-nj.org

District Goals

  • District Goal 1: Literary Analysis Writing

    At least 80% of all students in grades K-8 will achieve one level higher on a literary analysis task
    (LAT) using the appropriate grade level NJSLA Prose Constructed Response Rubric or
    equivalent. At least 30% of students in grades K-8 will achieve two or more levels higher on a
    literary analysis task (LAT) using the appropriate grade level NJSLA Prose Constructed Response
    Rubric or equivalent.

    District Goal 2: Reading in Content Areas and Related Arts

    The Shrewsbury Borough School District will expand English Language Arts instruction with a
    focus on increasing opportunities for reading different text types, text analysis, and word study to
    enhance achievement in K-8 English Language Arts..

    District Goal 3: Responsive Classroom

    The Shrewsbury Borough School District will continue a multi-year implementation of the
    Responsive Classroom approach to further support the social, emotional, and academic needs of
    all our students and to mitigate learning loss and accelerate learning progress. Year Two’s
    emphasis will be on improving student and teacher language.

    District Goal 4: Response to Intervention (RTI)

    The Shrewsbury Borough School District will continue to develop our RTI services and parent
    communication to improve student achievement through a continuum of targeted and tiered
    intervention services to support students. Throughout the school year, the RTI Team will continue
    to review data to monitor measurable student improvement in the identified targeted areas as a
    means to guide high quality implementation of instruction at varying levels of intensity. The RTI
    Team will continue to utilize a multidisciplinary approach to assess progress of individual students
    and the overall effectiveness of the targeted and tiered support services. Teachers and staff will
    continue to be trained in identifying, implementing and measuring the effectiveness of targeted
    and tiered interventions to promote success for all students.

Board of Education Goals

  • Goal 1 Continue to communicate the progress of the implementation of the referendum project
    with all stakeholder groups.

    Goal 2 Support administration and staff in their endeavor in the alignment of curriculum
    implementation of the new ELA and Math standards.

    Goal 3 Create and increase awareness and support of SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory
    Council). Investigate and develop various methods of improving and streamlining
    communications for the school community.

Rules of Correspondence

    • Any correspondence to the Board should be addressed to the full Board. The Business Administrator/Board Secretary (casel@sbs-nj.org) must be copied on all correspondence sent to the Board.
    • Only correspondence that is addressed to the Members of the Board of Education (which includes the Superintendent) and copied to the Business Administrator/Board Secretary will appear on the agenda under the heading of Communications.

Becoming a Board Member

  • To become a member of a local Board of Education in New Jersey, you must meet the following legal requirements:

    • Be able to read and write;
    • Hold citizenship and one year's residency in the school district;
    • Have no interest in any contract with, or claim against the Board;
    • Not hold office as mayor or member of the municipal governing body; and
    • Be registered to vote in the district and not be disqualified as a voter under N.J.S.A. 19:4-1

    Any community member that qualifies with the above legal requirements and would like to become a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Education, should obtain a Candidacy Kit.

    Petitions for school board candidates for the November election are available for pick up at the County Clerk’s Election office located at 300 Halls Mill Road, Freehold, NJ 07728, by mail at the same address, by calling 732-431-7790, or on the New Jersey School Boards Association website.

    For more information on Board Member election and appointments, please refer to the Shrewsbury Board of Education Policy #0143. Additional information on the Role of Board Member can be found on the New Jersey School Boards Association website.