The Board of Education
Please note, attendees of Board of Education meetings will be required to wear a mask or face covering and participate in a temperature check/screening to ensure the safety and health of everyone, per state guidelines.
The men and women serving on our Board of Education are committed to excellence in education for the students of the Freehold Regional High School District. Our Board represents eight communities in western Monmouth County, New Jersey--over 200 square miles. The Freehold Regional High School District Board of Education consists of nine residents elected from each of our sending communities -- Colts Neck, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell (two representatives are elected from Howell), Manalapan, and Marlboro. The Board Members are ordinary citizens who are non-partisan. They receive no pay or benefits for their public service.The role of the school board and the superintendent
The school board has a dual role: to represent the concerns of the students, citizens, taxpayers, and parents to Freehold Regional administrators, and to represent the needs of the students and school district to the citizens, taxpayers, and parents of the regional community. The board does not operate the district on a day-to-day basis; that is the job of the superintendent, Dr. Charles Sampson. The school board sets the policies, goals, and objectives for the district. Dr. Sampson is responsible for implementing the policies and achieving the goals.Addressing a resident’s concernThe Freehold Regional Board of Education provides a public participation period during every meeting, however, we recommend working with building/district administrators prior to the board meeting. In most circumstances, you can get answers to your questions simply by calling the appropriate person in the school district (i.e., principal, school board secretary or superintendent). For instance, if a parent has a problem with a teacher, the parent should first address it with the teacher and, if the issue is not resolved, the parent should turn to the supervisor and then building administration. If there is still no resolution, the matter should then be brought to the superintendent. The school board should be the last resort.Public participation protocolThe Freehold Regional Board of Education uses public participation as an opportunity to listen to resident concerns, but not to debate issues or enter into a question-and-answer session. Please be aware that not all issues brought to the board's attention at a meeting will be resolved that evening. The board may respond by seeking additional information/investigation from Dr. Sampson or his designee. While public education can be an emotional issue, and understandably so, the board strives to maintain a certain level of decorum at its meetings. Meetings are recorded and televised, and students often attend or participate in meetings. As such, citizens are expected to maintain a tone of courtesy and civility.Executive SessionNew Jersey's Open Public Meetings Act (also known as the Sunshine Law) specifies nine areas that are to be discussed in "executive" or closed-door session. Topics discussed in Executive Sessions may include personnel issues, labor negotiations, legal matters, and other issues covered by applicable law. These matters may only be discussed in closed session, but final voting action will be taken at in a public session.
Board of Education Goals
♦ Support the implementation of the FRHSD Strategic Plan, including initiatives focused on embracing individual student passions and personalized learning experiences.
♦ Increase effective communication within the internal and external school community.
♦ Establish and develop strong community partnerships to broaden our educational programs.
Board of Education Meeting Agendas
Beginning with the January 6, 2014 meeting, the Freehold Regional High School District has moved to an eGovernance paperless board meeting through BoardDocs. Please click here to access the agenda.
Mr. Peter BrunoPresidentHowell TownshipTerm: 2019-2021Mr. Marc ParisiVice PresidentHowell TownshipTerm: 2020-2022Englishtown BoroughTerm: 2020-2022Mrs. Debra FanelliColts Neck TownshipTerm: 2021-2023Mrs. Elizabeth HigleyFreehold TownshipTerm: 2021-2023Mrs. Kathie LavinFarmingdale BoroughTerm: 2020-2022Mr. Michael MessingerMarlboro TownshipTerm: 2021-2023Mr. Heshy MosesFreehold BoroughTerm: 2019-2021Mr. Adam WeissManalapan TownshipTerm: 2020-2021