Freehold Regional School Board Meeting Celebrates Student Achievements and Passes Policy Amendments

The most recent meeting of the Freehold Regional School Board highlighted the range of student achievements across the district’s high schools, from academic accomplishments to athletic prowess and extracurricular involvement. Alongside these recognitions, the meeting also saw policy revisions and administrative amendments, including changes to the school calendar and the approval of several resolutions related to student matters.

The board meeting, attended by Peter Bruno, Michael Messinger, Jamie Bruno, Diana Cappiello, Debra Fanelli, Elizabeth Higley, Kathie Lavin, Amanda McCobb, Marc Parisi and Superintendent Nicole P. Hazel, commenced with a celebration of student accomplishments. Recognition was given to National Merit Commended Students, those who achieved perfect scores on the SAT math section, athletes who excelled in sports such as football and gymnastics, and those who excelled in extracurricular activities, including the Allshore Chorus and Allshore Band.

Principals from various high schools, including Marlboro High School and Manalapan High School, celebrated the achievements of their students. Dr. David Bleckley, the principal of Marlboro High School, and Mr. Sean Curry, the principal of Manalapan High School, emphasized the significance of their students’ accomplishments. Notably, Manalapan High School announced two National Merit semifinalists and six students who earned a perfect score on the math section of the SAT.

The meeting also saw the acknowledgment of students’ athletic accomplishments. These recognitions included outstanding performances by the girls’ soccer team, the boys’ soccer team, whose coach was named the Shore Conference boys soccer coach of the year, and gymnasts. Additionally, Coach Nick Scalzo of Colts Neck High School was acknowledged as the New Jersey State Coach of the Year for softball.

Amid these celebrations of student achievement, the Board also addressed several policy and administrative matters. The 2024-2025 school calendar was approved, with a modification to the custodial grounds and maintenance calendar. The Board approved the abolishment and revision of several policies related to the school nutrition program, meal charges, attendance, right to privacy, and the education of homeless children and youths. The changes were necessary to comply with federal and state mandates and to reflect updated guidance and legislation.

Further, the Board approved an amendment to an existing resolution for the approval of an overnight excursion, as well as two new resolutions related to the settlement agreements for student matters.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Nicole P. Hazel
School Board Officials:
Peter Bruno, Michael Messinger, Jamie Bruno, Diana Cappiello, Debra Fanelli, Elizabeth Higley, Kathie Lavin, Amanda McCobb, Marc Parisi

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