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Board of Education Appoints Charles Sampson As New Superintendent of Schools

   By Guest - Posted on 16 February 2011

The members of the Freehold Regional High School District Board of Education are pleased to announce that Charles Sampson was unanimously appointed to serve as the district’s next Superintendent of Schools on Tuesday, Feb. 15. After a thorough review of several highly qualified candidates, the Board picked Mr. Sampson as the right person to lead the district forward in these very turbulent and unpredictable financial times.

Mr. Sampson is currently Superintendent of the Verona Township schools, a position he has held since November of 2008.

Mr. Sampson’s contract has been reviewed and approved by Joseph Passiment, the acting Monmouth County Executive Superintendent of Schools. The full contract is available to the public by request via the Office of Public Information, at (732) 792-7300 ext. 8542.

The contract calls Mr. Sampson to serve for the balance of the 2010-11 school year and for 4 years thereafter (ending on June 30, 2015), during which time Mr. Sampson will be paid an annual salary of $177,500. This salary is capped as per the new guidelines for superintendents set by Gov. Christopher Christie and the state Department of Education.

In addition, Mr. Sampson will be eligible for annual merit pay of up to $26,625. These performance-based salary increases, if granted by the Board, will be in accordance with the law and code in effect at the time at which they are considered and subject to state approval.

Mr. Sampson’s contract also adheres to new regulations requiring that he pay 1.5 percent of his base salary to the cost of his health benefits, and caps his compensation for unused sick and vacation days.

The Board is currently finalizing the start date for Mr. Sampson, and once determined will disseminate that information to the public accordingly.

Mr. Sampson holds Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J. He holds one Master’s in Social Studies Education from Rutgers, and another Master’s in Educational Administration from Caldwell College, in Caldwell, N.J. He is also pursuing his Doctorate at Drew University, in Madison, N.J.

Mr. Sampson has built his educational career in Essex County, beginning in 1997, when he began working as a Social Studies instructor at Livingston High School. In 2001, he became Social Studies Supervisor, K-12 at the West Orange public school district. In 2004, Mr. Sampson became Assistant Principal at West Orange High School, and in July of 2007, he rose to be Principal of Cedar Grove High School.

Throughout his career, Mr. Sampson has also served as a varsity coach for lacrosse, field hockey and swimming, and as advisor to the Junior Statesmen of America. He has taught courses on Differentiated Supervision as an Adjunct Instructor at Montclair University, in Montclair, N.J.; is Chair of the Middle States Accreditation for Growth Site visits; is a member of the Panasonic Foundation’s New Jersey Network of Superintendents; and was nominated for the ASCD’s Outstanding Young Educator Award in 2003.

"The Board of Education is excited about the advent of a new era for the Freehold Regional High School District," said Board President Ronald Lawson. "We are confident that Mr. Sampson will provide the leadership needed to guide the district into the future. I want to thank the members of the public who contributed to this process, as well as my colleagues on the board each of whom spent many hours and ultimately did an outstanding job in selecting our new Superintendent. A grateful acknowledgment as well to Dr. Suzanne M. Koegler for her stewardship of the district over the past eight months."

Dr. Koegler has operated in the dual role of Acting Superintendent of Schools and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources since July 1, 2010. It is thanks to Dr. Koegler’s able leadership that Freehold Regional – the largest regional high school district in New Jersey – continued to maintain its high standard of academic excellence during this period of transition. Dr. Koegler will continue to serve as Acting Superintendent of Schools until Mr. Sampson is able to begin in the district.

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