Board of Education


Board Members Term Expiration 
Mr. Jason Brandt, President 12/31/2025
Ms. Leiha Caselli, Vice President   12/31/2023
Mrs. Chrisy Bellis 12/31/2024
Mrs. Michele Cunningham 12/31/2024
Mrs. Barbara Cianciglini 12/31/2023
Mrs. Alicia Fragoso 12/31/2025 
Ms. Diane Mikell 12/31/2025
Mrs. Michelle Doyle 12/31/2023
Ms. Diane T. Trace 12/31/2023
Ms. Joanna Corwonski (Newfield Rep.) 12/31/2023

Board of Education Responsibilities

The Township of Franklin Board of Education is comprised of nine members elected by the citizens of Franklin Township.

The Board of Education's required functions are:

Policy oversight. The Board is responsible for the development of policy and for the employment of a Superintendent who shall carry out its policies through the development and implementation of regulations. The Board is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of its policies and their implementation. This includes setting and evaluating goals in educational and financial areas.

Educational planning. The Board is responsible for requiring and acquiring reliable information from responsible sources that will enable it and the staff to work toward the continuing improvement of the educational program.

Provision of financial resources. The Board has major responsibilities for the adoption of a budget that will provide the wherewithal - in terms of buildings, staff, materials, and equipment - to enable the school system to carry out its functions.

Interpretation. The Board is responsible for providing adequate and direct means for keeping the local community informed about the district and for keeping itself and the school staff informed about the wishes of the public. All planning, both that which is and that which is not related to the budget, needs to be interpreted to the public if citizens are to support the school program.

The Board believes that, by diligently exercising these functions, it will be able to provide, within the financial limitations set by the community, the best educational opportunities possible for our children.

The Board shall exercise its powers through the legislation of bylaws and policies for the organization and operation of the school district.

The Board shall be responsible for the operation of the school but shall delegate the administration to the Superintendent, who shall be appointed by a recorded roll-call majority vote of the full Board.

The Board may hear appeals in complaints and in grievance and disciplinary actions as defined in these policies and in the law.

Parents and residents are encouraged to attend Board meetings to raise questions, comment, or offer suggestions during the public portion of the agenda.

A Guide to Board of Education Meetings in New Jersey