During the annual meetings of the New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group (NJSBAIG) the Somerville Board of Education was awarded the 2013 and 2012 Safety Awards. The Somerville BOE is one of forty districts to receive this award of distinction from over 400 districts in NJSBAIG’s workers’ compensation insurance pool. Recipients of the award are selected based upon two criteria. First, is the effort the District Staff and specifically the district business administrator put forth as measured by the New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group’s Safety Assessment. The second criteria is the result achieved as measured by the workers’ compensation loss ratio which is loss dollars divided by premium dollars.
The recipients were recognized for implementing an effective safety program in their districts. This minimized their workers’ compensation costs. The ultimate benefit is to the taxpayers and students The students will have fewer substitute employees so the continuity of their education is maintained at the highest level. The taxpayers will realize a savings, as the school district pays out lower insurance premiums. The New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group, located in Burlington, New Jersey, is a non-profit entity, which provides property and casualty insurance at reduced costs to public schools in New Jersey. It is the only statewide insurance pool for property, casualty, and workers’ compensation in New Jersey.
The Somerville Board of Education has received numerous awards for its publications in the annual New Jersey School Board Communications Competition. Awards are listed below:
- 2003 Excellence Award for Bond Referendum Video
- 2003 Excellence Award for Why I'm Voting Brochure
- 2003 Merit Award for School District Review Newsletter
- 2004 Excellence Award for School District Review Newsletter
- 2006 Merit Award for School Building Update Brochure
- 2006 Merit Award for Welcome to Your Somerville Board of Education Brochure
The 2010 Citizen of the Year for the borough of Somerville was Kenneth Cornell.
Click here to see Mayor Gallagher's presentation speech.