Freehold Regional School Board Mourns Losses, Discusses Budget and Retirements

The Freehold Regional School Board recently addressed the loss of two esteemed members of their educational community, the impending retirement of their business administrator, and the challenges of the final budget year under the S2 funding cuts. The board paid tribute to Carolyn Hart, a beloved social studies and psychology teacher at Marlboro High School, and Dr. Rocco Tazik, former superintendent of the Freehold Borough Schools. Both individuals were commemorated for their contributions and dedication to education.

In the meeting, the retirement of Mr. Sean Boyce, the district’s business administrator, was announced. His tenure was recognized for the significant role he played during challenging financial times for the district, especially in navigating the S2 funding cuts. The board expressed their gratitude for his service and the stability he helped maintain within the district.

Further, the board discussed the fiscal challenges presented by the final year of S2 funding cuts, which amounted to a cumulative impact of $97 million in state aid losses over seven years. Despite these challenges, the board noted that through careful preparation and budget management, the district had been able to continue providing quality education with minimal impact on students and programs.

The board approved the tentative budget for fiscal year 2025, which will be reviewed by the Monmouth County Office of the Department of Education and presented to the public on April 25th. The budget emphasizes the district’s position as the lowest spending district in Monmouth County, despite being $20 million below the adequacy budget as determined by the state’s funding formula.

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In addition to fiscal matters, the meeting covered the recognition of winter athletic achievements and the invitation to participate in Freehold’s 150th anniversary parade. The board also acknowledged the successes of school productions and sports teams within the district.

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.

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

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