Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Monday, April 8 was Dr. Rocco Tomazic’s first Board of Education meeting in the role of Superintendent of Freehold Borough Schools.
The Freehold Borough School District officially has a new superintendent. Dr. Rocco Tomazic took his new seat as the Superintendent of Schools at the Monday, April 8 Board of Education (BOE) meeting. Tomazic was named the new Superintendent of Freehold Borough Schools earlier this year, following the retirement of Elizabeth O’Connell. While Monday was Tomazic’s first BOE meeting, he wasted no time and has already began getting down to business by inviting Freehold Regional High School District (FRHSD) Superintendent Charles Sampson to come visit the borough schools. “I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Sampson and I know that they are doing a study called an Opportunity Index. What they are doing is analyzing all of the students who …
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 …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
$32,000 was added to the budget before it was adopted for new computers and iPads for specific staff. Tax levy increase from last year is three-and-a-half cents from last year.
The Freehold Borough Board of Education (BOE) adopted their 2013-2014 school year budget on Monday night, but not before a last minute added expense. Approximately $32,000 was added to the budget following a motion to give selected staff members new computers and iPads. “It is an additional $8 to $11 per household, which works out to be three cents a day for the year [to get the new computers and iPads],” explained BOE member Susan Grietz. “I think it would be penny foolish not to because I also sit in front of a computer all day for work and I agree that when they crash it is a terrible waste of time and money. We can’t support our teachers with pay increases but we can support them with the proper technology. While three board members …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Services for Bernice “Bunny” Hammer will be held at Temple Rodeph Torah on Sunday, March 24.
Tuesday, March 19
Bernice “Bunny” Hammer of Freehold died over the weekend after a brief illness. Hammer was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Jamesburg, New Jersey. She was a graduate of Monroe Township High School and Drake College of Business. She received a BS in Science and a MA in Teaching from Monmouth College and a Masters in Library Service from Rutgers, the State University. Hammer taught in both the Freehold Borough School System and the Freehold Regional High School District at both Marlboro and Manalapan High Schools, prior to her retirement in 1994. She was also the librarian at the Rugby School in Wall, New Jersey after her retirement from teaching. She was a lifelong member of the NJEA. Hammer served on the Freehold Borough …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Tentative budget proposes a net tax levy increase of 3.67-percent, which allows Borough Schools to hire a fourth grade teacher and purchase computers.
After numerous meetings and number crunching, the Freehold Borough BOE has adopted their tentative budget for the 2013-2014 school year. A presentation given by Freehold Borough Interim Business Administrator Jim Strimple filled in the gaps previously left from unknown state aid figures. On Friday, March 1, state aid numbers were provided to school districts and Freehold Borough learned that their state aid would increase this year. While the state aid increase helped borough schools, it alone was not enough to allow schools to implement needed staff and materials without an increase in the tax levy. “The tax levy is four-percent but with the additional funds we are able to give back about $89,000 in debit relief to borough residents so …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
With March 1 sequester looming, district budgets are being drafted with decreased federal funding in mind.
With the sequester going into effect Friday, March 1, Freehold Borough and Freehold Township schools are budgeting the federal grants portion of their 2013-2014 district budget at 75 percent. According to a White House announcement, New Jersey faces cuts close to $30 million as well as drastic cuts made to health care programs and environmental protection now that Congress failed to halt $85 billion in "sequestration" spending cuts. Following the announcement, Freehold school business administrators explained that they do not know how the sequester could further impact their budgets. “The state has asked us to budget our federal grants for 2014 at 75 percent of what they are for 2013,” said Freehold Township School Business Administrator …
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 …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Lunch this month features chicken pot pie, pop corn chicken and breakfast favorites.
Scroll through the above gallery to see what will be served for lunch this month in Freehold Borough and Freehold Township public schools.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Dates to remember for all Freehold students this month.
Freehold Borough Schools Friday, Feb. 8: Report cards issued for all students. Monday, Feb. 11: Freehold Borough BOE meets at 7 p.m. in the Park Avenue Complex cafeteria. Friday, Feb. 15: Early dismissal for students. Monday, Feb. 18: Students were originally off for President’s day, however, students will have class in order to make up for days off from Hurricane Sandy. Monday, Feb. 25: Freehold Borough BOE meets to adopt preliminary budget. Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Park Avenue Complex cafeteria. Freehold Township Schools Tuesday, Feb. 12: The Freehold Township BOE will meet at 8 p.m. in the board conference room. Friday, Feb. 15: The second quarter ends Tuesday, Feb. 26: The Freehold Township BOE will meet at …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A report comparing incidents from 2011 report period one and 2012 report period one show a significant decrease in disciplinary actions.
Disciplinary incidents have severely decreased in Freehold Borough schools since last year. At the Monday night Freehold Borough Board of Education (BOE) meeting, a recap for report period one was given by Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth O’Connell. Report period one runs from July 1 until Dec. 31. During that time, all incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) are required to be recorded and discussed. Report period one for 2011 was the first time the school district was required to announce the reports under a new format. According to O’Connell, during report period one for 2011, there were 26 investigations of HIB and 10 of those incidents were confirmed to be acts of HIB. On Monday night, O’Connell noted that during …