By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I am delighted to be elected to the Board of Directors of the NJSBA. It is an absolute honor and a privilege to serve at the state level in addition to my local, home city responsibilities,” Thomas said in a statement.
” … We have to remain vigilante and come up with robust partnerships, ideas, strategies and solutions to protect our children to continue to fund their educational needs that would ultimately help preserve the greatness of our nation.”
Thomas will serve a 3-year term starting September 2017 through June 2020. Thomas’s term of office as the newly elected Board of Director to the NJSBA will outlive his current term to the Jersey City, Board of Education that will end in December 2019. Thomas, who ran for public office for the first time in November 2016, was elected to the Jersey City Board with a record margin of 18,073 votes winning five of the six wards across Jersey City creating a new statewide record for the highest number of votes secured in a school board election.
At the June 9th NJSBA meeting held in Trenton, Thomas was also voted in as a representative and voting delegate to the Urban Board committee of the NJSBA.
This committee is dedicated to studying trends and issues in urban education and addresses the challenges facings urban districts namely school funding, infrastructure, testing, non-college bound student strategy and lead in water – to name a few.
Additionally, he will also join the newly created work force task committee created by the NJSBA that will begin work by the end of 2017.
The work force task committee aims to create a white paper and strategy for non-college bound students.
The NJSBA Board of Directors has 26 members, while the organization as a whole serves over 600 school boards across the state.