Board of Education

Pinelands Regional School District


Mission/Vision Statement


            Create a positive culture and space to encourage life-long, personalized learning opportunities for students, staff, families, and community members. 


Belief Statements


  • We believe that children learn best when they are engaged in authentic learning activities that have clear and challenging expectations.


  • We believe children learn best when families, the community, and the school staff work together and are dedicated to providing a student-centered education.


  • We believe that children learn best when their physical and emotional needs are met in a safe and challenging learning environment.


  • We believe that a student-centered learning environment prepares a child to live a successful, productive, and meaningful life.


  • We believe that a student-centered learning environment promotes continuous learning, global awareness, and character development.


  • We believe the role of the community is to facilitate and provide opportunities and supports for students' pursuit of curricular and co-curricular endeavors.


  • We believe the role of the students’ families and community is to support the school and students in learning.

Board of Education Members


Bass River Township

Thomas D. Williams, Jr.


Eagleswood Township

Karen Poklikuha

Little Egg Harbor Twp.

Betti Anne McVey, President

Patricia Chambers

August Daleo

Rachel Harper

Christie Palladino

Thomas Rosetti


Tuckerton Borough

Kim Hanadel, Vice President


Board Secretary/Business Administrator

Nick Brown                               




Dr. Melissa McCooley             

About Us
The Board of Education is composed of nine citizens elected to serve terms of three years each. Representatives are elected on the basis of constituent population - one from Bass River Township, one from Eagleswood Township, six from Little Egg Harbor Township, and one from the Borough of Tuckerton.  Board members have no legal status except when sitting when other Board members in a constituted meeting.  

Parents are urged to attend Board of Education meetings on a regular basis. Your interest and support are necessary to your child's education. 


BOE Meeting Schedule

Board Meetings

Working Session meetings are held prior to the Regular board meeting each month. At these meetings, the Board discusses issues/items to be voted on at the Regular meeting. Limited Board action is taken at these meetings.


At Regular meetings, the Board takes official action on items to transact the business of the school district.  Public comments on agenda items are only heard at the beginning of these meetings.  


Executive Session  meetings to discuss confidential, legal, personnel, and negotiations items may be held before, during or after any meeting.  These meetings are closed to the public in accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act ("Sunshine Law").

When May Visitors Speak At Meetings?

The Pinelands Regional Board of Education welcomes and encourages questions and comments from members of the community. Community members wishing to speak may do so during designated times set on the agenda. The Board President will recognize an audience member who wishes to speak. The audience member stands, states his/her name and address, and then address his/her comments and/or questions to the presiding officer.   There is a three (3) minute time limit per individual, per Board policy.


Although the public's comments to the Board of Education are welcome, it is important that the community members be aware of the Chain of Command.  

Meeting Schedule

All meetings are held in the Media Center of Pinelands Regional High School, located at 565 Nugentown Road, Little Egg Harbor.


Unless otherwise noted, the meetings are held as follows:

There is currently a 25 person capacity during the meeting

Regular Meetings

Executive 5:30 pm

Regular 6:00 pm


Chain of Command

The Chain of Command


Parents are often discouraged when they attempt to communicate with administrators and are sent back to building-based officials in order to resolve a problem their child may be experiencing in school. To prevent that frustration, parents can become informed about the “Chain of Command”. Many parental questions are easily and completely answered by communicating directly with the educator in charge of the class or program. Each situation should first be addressed at whatever level the initial action was taken.


Agenda & Minutes


Superintendent's office

Welcome to Pinelands Regional School District!

Administration Building

520 Nugentown Road

Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087


Monday through Friday

7:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Additional hours are available by appointment


Direct:  609-857-4111

Main:    609-296-3106 Ext. 3281

Dr. Melissa McCooley, Superintendent

Susan Schilling, District Administrative Assistant


Business Office


Website Links:

Pinelands Regional School District 

520 Nugentown Rd

Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087 


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