Thursday, April 11, 2013
The board adopted a $191.7 million budget.
The Freehold Regional High School Board of Education adopted an almost two percent tax increase this year, according to The News Transcript. The budget is $191.7 million, relaying on a $123.2 million tax levy. According to The News Transcript, Business Administrator Sean Boyce said banked cap funds from prior years mean the board could have increased the taxes by 5.5 percent. State mandates, including a new standardized testing format and requirements required more spending this year, according to Superintendent Charles Sampson in The News Transcript. A more focused path for special education students will mean an increase in special education staff with a reduction to general education staff.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Mark your calendars for these important April school dates.
Now that spring break is over, summer vacation does not seem that far away. With three months left in the school year, April marks the beginning of the final stretch, however, there are some days worth noting this month. Monday, April 1 – Students on Spring Break Tuesday, April 2 – Students return to school Monday, April 8 – Freehold Borough Board of Education meeting with new Superintendent Dr. Rocco Tomazic. The meeting will be held in the Park Avenue Elementary School and will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 – Kindergarten registration begins in the Freehold Learning Center Media Lab. By appointment only, registration will take place between 8:30 a.m. and noon and 1:10 and 3 p.m. Thursday, April 25 – Kindergarten registration …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
CentraState Health System and the Freehold Regional High School District are commemorating their 10-year anniversary of a collaborative program.
Saturday, March 23
For the last 10 years, the Medical Sciences Learning Center at Freehold High School (FHS) and CentraState Health System have worked together to expose students to a wide range of careers with CentraState professionals. The program enrolls 30 freshmen from the district’s six high schools each year. The 30 students remain in the program through senior year, while completing their comprehensive high school studies. “Students apply to enter the Medical Sciences program with the idea that they want to go into medicine or into a scientific field,” says Marybeth Ruddy, the center’s supervisor. “CentraState gives them the opportunity to experience the entire field of health care – from patient care to administration to laboratory and support …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The FRHSD is focusing on bettering itself with the implementation of a five-year strategic plan.
The Marlboro Municipal Building was turned into a hub for all things related to the Freehold Regional High School District (FRHSD) during the district’s second state of schools town hall meeting. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, groups of students from all six schools in the district were represented during the state of schools meeting. After an introduction from the Howell Jazz ensemble, Superintendent Charles Sampson began the meeting by talking about the future of the district. “Tonight is all about what we aspire to be as a district and what we are actually accomplishing,” said Sampson. Many accomplishments from all schools in the district were mentioned during the meeting, but the main focus was the future of the district with the explanation …
Cammarata was a custodian at the Freehold Regional High School District before retiring five years ago.
Monday, March 4
Lydia Stepikura Cammarata, 76, died on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center in New Brunswick. Born in New York, she had lived in NJ most of her life. Before her retirement 5 years ago, Lydia worked as a custodian for Freehold Regional School District for many years. She loved to help her daughter with the costumes for Villagers Theater in Somerset. She was a member of St. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in South River. She is predeceased by her husband Attillio Patrick Cammarata, her son Joseph Abreu and her brother John Stepikura. Surviving are her daughters Ann Crane and her husband Tim of FL, Anamaria Kalet and her husband Mark of Kendall Park, Justina Cammarata and her husband Darian LeMay of …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Freehold Regional High School District is holding a State of the Schools Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb, 27 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Marlboro Township Municipal Building.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Activities are canceled due to weather.
This story was updated at noon and 1:20 p.m. with additional cancellations from Freehold schools. In preparation for the upcoming snowstorm, the Freehold Borough School District has canceled all evening and afterschool activities. According to the district’s website, after-school activities may be canceled if the storm prediction changes. At this time, schools are operating under a regular schedule today. Freehold Township's district website notes that the Marshall W. Errickson third grade social scheduled for tonight has been canceled. All afterschool activities that begin after 5 p.m. on Friday have been canceled as well as all activities scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9. An announcement on the FRHSD website states that all athletic …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A closer look at how Judge Donald Stein ruled in his initial decision ordering Jeff Simon removed from his post.
Three tenure charges were filed against Manalapan High School Principal Jeff Simon by the Freehold Regional High School District in late February 2012 and the case finally came to a close on January 4, 2013. Administrative Law Judge Donald Stein listened to testimony from 22 witnesses and released an initial decision on Jan. 22 ordering Simon be removed from his position at the high school. Stein found that Simon was in violation of his tenure for “unbecoming conduct” and “a willful failure to read and follow the applicable polices and procedures.” However, Stein did not find Simon to be unfit to serve in a position of educational leadership, as was asserted by the district. Stein said that Simon had outstanding evaluations and did not …
Announcement made at recent board of education meeting
As part of its effort to communicate with the community the Freehold Regional High School District has launched its own page on Facebook. Superintendent Charles Sampson said the need for the page became even more apparent in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. "It became a very powerful tool to communicate with during the storm," he said. Sampson said he does not have his own personal account but knows it can be a valuable resource for the district. "There's a good deal of information on there," he said. The Facebook page currently posts information from across the district and is described as "your source for the latest news, videos and features from FRHSD."
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The initial decision by an administrative law judge has been filed with the Commissioner of Education for review.
In-Depth: Breakdown of Judge's Ruling Ordering Removal of Manalapan HS Principal An administrative law judge ordered Manalapan High School Principal Jeff Simon removed from his position. Judge Donald J. Stein's initial decision, which was filed on Tuesday, Jan. 22, upheld many of the tenure charges Freehold Regional High School District made against Simon in February 2012. The tenure charges brought against Simon alleged that he violated district polices, regulations, and procedures which endangered students and employees, or related to the mishandling of student activity funds. The judges decision has been filed with New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf. Cerf can adopt, modify or reject this decision. If the …