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Apr 13, 2017

Freehold Regional High School District Highlights

By Nicholas Deckmejian

At the March 13 Freehold Regional High School District (FRHSD) Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Charles Sampson reviewed serval topics during his superintendent’s report, starting with the most recent job fair. Forty school administrators from the district interviewed 138 candidates who were involved in the screening process before being invited to the job fair. “It’s one of my favorite events as superintendent,” said Mr. Sampson. “I think being able to pull off something on that scale within the span of a Saturday afternoon, we can get a look at 138 excellent candidates as we begin our process for staffing for the 2018 school year.”

He continued with his report to discuss the district’s strategic plan, titled “Compass.” The district is in the fifth year of the plan, which the superintendent described as a large-scale process that they had built from the ground up. He gave a brief description of a recent survey done on all matters throughout the district, which saw responses from more than 1,000 parents, 3,000 students, and 900 faculty and staff. The district also surveyed roughly 1,200 students who graduated in years 2012-2015 to consider the perspective from people who know what walking through the hallways of the buildings was like just a short time ago, and can give great insight as to the level of preparedness they felt after leaving the district.

“Compass has been a fantastic plan,” said Mr. Sampson. “I would stack that plan up against any other plan; not just in the state, but in the nation.” Looking forward, the superintendent said that he would like to see their plans be more “nimble” in terms of implementation and adaptation, hoping to have a better system to get real-time feedback from focus groups and a more responsive process for “shifting to student needs and the landscape of the larger world.”

The superintendent also announced that the public hearing on the district’s budget, which was scheduled for May 4, will be rescheduled for April 24. Mr. Sampson previewed some of what’s in the tentative budget, like stagnant funding from state aid, and noted, “While we’re grateful there weren’t any drastic cuts, when you receive flat aid year over year over year, it’s not really flat aid,”explaining that costs increase every year, and the district has to make up the difference.


U.S. Army Brings Adventure Semi AS1 to MNHS and CNHS

Students at both Manalapan and Colts Neck High Schools recently received a visit from the U.S. Army’s Adventure Semi. The 60-foot trailer is a self-contained system that includes a M1A1 Abrams Tank simulator, M9 simulator, Apache Flight simulator, UAV simulator, and the EOD Interactive Robotic Arm simulator. Students enjoyed their time learning about the Army’s technology and trying it out for themselves.




CNHS Senior Named SADD National Student of the Year

Colts Neck High School’s Dylan Mullins has been selected as the SADD National Student of the Year for the 2017-2018 term. SADD, which stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions, is an organization with the goal to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives. According to their website, SADD accomplishes its goals by creating, equipping, and sustaining a network of student-run chapters in schools and communities focused on peer-to-peer education.

“Your talents and abilities, coupled with your leadership and passion, make you perfectly qualified to hold this important post. I look forward to working with you to deliver SADD’s message of across the country,” SADD President and CEO Dawn Teixeira wrote in a letter announcing Dylan’s appointment.

Dylan will begin to serve in his position at the SADD National Conference in June. As SADD National Student of the Year, the senior will hold a seat on the SADD National Board of Directors and will chair the SADD National Student Leadership Council. He will also serve as the main SADD spokesperson at various conferences and media events. He will be eligible for a leadership experience at the Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington, D.C. He will also receive the Student of the Year Scholarship for $1,000 at the 2017 SADD National Conference.


CNHS DECA Sends 15 Students to National Competition

Colts Neck High School had 45 students compete at the New Jersey DECA State Conference in Atlantic City at the end of February. The school left the state conference with 15 national qualifiers who will compete in Anaheim, California in April.

Those students include: Matthew Cappelluti, Eva Cutler, Briana Fitzhenry, Maxwell Freeman, Ashley Hogan, Jordan Masia, Kevin Miner, Bree Parker, Bradley Polkowitz, Justin Polkowitz, Christian Weadock, Jonathan Weitzman, Trevor Ballingall, Lauren Ragusa, and Jenine Mustari.