FREEHOLD REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION – Full Term - Vote for One -- Representing Marlboro TownshipSchool board members in New Jersey are responsible for adopting policies under which the school district operates; overseeing the school district budget; approving the curriculum; hiring and evaluating the superintendent; representing the public during contract negotiations; and serving as a communication link between the community and the school system. Elected school board members receive no compensation and serve three-year terms, unless elected to fill an unexpired term when a vacancy occurs.
As of Labor Day 2020, the primary challenge facing the Freehold Regional High School District is to get the buildings open for in-person education as soon as possible. As we all know, our teenage years are over in a flash and this valuable time for educating our students cannot continue to be wasted with remote learning. Being an incumbent on the Board I will continue to support all FRHSD initiatives to get the students back into the buildings for full-time instruction. Currently we are looking to hire as many teachers as possible to make this happen. As a Board, we are striving to do everything legally, and humanly, possible to get kids back in the buildings ASAP.
The other challenge the District faces is the massive funding cut put in place by the State of New Jersey and Phil Murphy. The District has lost over $10 million of state aid over the past three years with another $20 million in reductions planned over the next four years. A $30 million cut in state aid to a high quality school district where we pay such high taxes already is obscene and a threat to our students' educations. Since the motives behind the funding cuts have been purely political I will continue to work on getting as much public pressure on the politicians in Trenton who are responsible for this as possible.
I think I am qualified to continue as the Marlboro representative to the FRHSD Board due to what has happened in the District in my three terms. Being a graduate of Marlboro High School myself, and resident of Marlboro for fifty years, I have seen first hand the quality of education this District provides its students. While on the other hand, I have personally experienced the rapid escalation of property taxes and the negative impact that has on the taxpayers' pocketbooks.
By any measure of educational achievement, our District continues to rank in the upper echelon of public high school districts that do not restrict enrollment. We continue to provide increased access to Advanced Placement courses and our SAT/ACT scores remain well above the average high school district in the United States.
While striving to achieve educational excellence, we have also managed the District in a fiscally responsible manner. We spend $14,417 per student while the average high school district in New Jersey spends $17,706 per student. Having a mother who lives in the District on a fixed income, I will continue to fight to keep expenses as low as possible while still delivering a high quality education to our kids.
A differentiating factor in what has made Marlboro and Colts Neck good communities to raise children in is the high quality public education they can receive. We have been able to deliver this type of education while spending less per pupil. It is imperative that we continue to provide the same quality education going forward while keeping spending in line. Over the last twenty years I have seen too many people being forced to move out of Marlboro due to the exorbitant property taxes. If elected to another term I will continue to keep those people in mind as well as our students in all matters I am asked to vote on.
George Pometti for Freehold Regional Board of Education
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
As a proud Marlboro resident for 24 years and Monmouth County resident for 43 years, I am running to represent Marlboro Township. I believe in science, protecting our children's health and safety and making sure every child in Marlboro gets the best quality of education. As a board member, I will oppose and fight any efforts to cut bussing and to make sure we consolidate costs so we can protect every taxpaying parent who sends their kids to our great high school. I am grateful for the wonderful educational foundation my children received as Marlboro High School students and would like to see this caliber of quality education continue in our high school.
I have held varrying levels of leadership positions during my 16 years at Bristol Myers Squibb and as the President of a local chapter for a Patient Advocacy Group, Mended Hearts, Inc. My North Star....Throughout my life, I have always fought for those people who could not fight for themselves and I am extremely passionate about giving back in my community and helping people achive their goals and improve their lives. I am a leader who is dedicated to diversity of inclusion of opinions and of others. As a leader I will bring a collaborative approach to fixing problems along with my overall ability to "get stuff done".
I would ensure that Marlboro students get the best quality education and to protect our taxpayers interests. With the everchanging environment due to COVID-19, it is important that we limit as much as possible the disruptions in learning both virtually and live in class all while implementing policies that deliver quality education while maintaining the health and safety of teachers, students and administrators.