TRENTON – The state Education Department late this afternoon granted an extension to school directors who need background checks.
“Acting Commissioner Chris Cerf has granted an extension to board members that received a letter of ineligibility earlier this week,” the Department said in a release.
“Any board member that completes the fingerprinting requirement within two weeks – by Jan. 27 – will be eligible to remain on their board if they are cleared through the background check. If a board member does not comply by that date, their ineligibility letter will become effective.”
Earlier two lawmakers asked the state for such an extension because about 184 school board members had missed a deadline for getting the background checks done.
The state pointed out that more than 4,000 board members had complied.