FRHSD Wins 2013 NJSBA School Leader Award
The Freehold Regional High School District’s Animal & Botanical Sciences Academy of the Freehold Township High School (FTHS) and the Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Academy of the Freehold High School (FHS), are winners of the New Jersey School Boards Association’s (NJSBA) Exemplary Program designation which is a part of their School Leader Awards program. The NJSBA School Leader Awards program recognizes creative public school programs that enhance student learning. The entries are judged on the level of innovation, how well the program addresses specific needs of students, and the relationship of the program to the state’s Core Curriculum Content Standards. This designation is the highest honor of the NJSBA’s 27th Annual School Leader Awards program. The FRHSD’s “Food Production and Preparation through Community Partnership” program, received special recognition on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 during NJSBA’s Annual Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. "The award is an excellent example of the application of the food production process that exposes our students to the complexities of the job market and the technical skills needed to thrive in the modern job market,” said Superintendent Charles Sampson. “The project has been a testament to the possibilities that open when schools truly partner with local businesses to provide students an exceptional educational experience,” he added.
"The Food Production and Preparation through Community Partnership program is a collaborative effort with Wegmans and the Animal & Botanical Sciences Academy of FTHS and the Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Academy of FHS,” said Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Donna Evangelista. The Animal & Botanical Sciences Academy and the Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Academy are both Carl D. Perkins career and technical education funded programs which Evangelista oversees. “As a result of leadership and community educational outreach programs led by Wegmans, executives were on site at FTHS last year for many days helping our students construct and plant a raised, sustainable vegetable and herb garden. Produce raised by the students is being harvested and developed into recipes with students of the FHS Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Academy, under the guidance of executive chefs employed by Wegmans,” Evangelista added. On September 26, 2013, several of those chefs visited the Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Academy for a presentation and cooking demonstration made with fresh vegetables that students are using for their new recipe creations.
This is the second consecutive year that NJSBA has recognized Freehold Regional High School District learning centers and academies.