FRHSD superintendent receives new contract through 2023-24 school year

Charles Sampson, who became the Freehold Regional High School District’s superintendent of schools in 2011, has received a new contract that runs through the 2023-24 school year.

During a meeting in July, Board of Education members voted 7-0, with two abstentions, to authorize the new employment contract for Sampson.

Board President Carl Accettola and board member Heshy Moses spoke in support of Sampson before a vote on the superintendent’s new contract was taken.

On a motion to approve the new contract, Accettola, Moses, Samuel Carollo, Amy Fankhauser, Kathie Lavin, Michael Messinger and Jennifer Sutera voted “yes.”

Board members Peter Bruno and Diana Cappiello abstained.

In the first year of the contract (2019-20), Sampsonโ€™s salary will be $213,117. In the final year of the contract (2023-24), the superintendent’s salary will be $230,685.

According to a resolution, the board and Sampson “engaged in good faith negotiations for a new employment contract for Mr. Sampson to remain in the position of superintendent, and that would be effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024.”

Before Sampson’s new employment contract was approved by the board, it was forwarded to the interim executive county superintendent for approval, according to the resolution.

The board received written approval and notice from the interim executive county superintendent that its request for a waiver of the maximum salary amount (based on the district having more than 10,000 students) was approved, according to the resolution.

According to the resolution, it was determined the proposed new employment contract for Sampson was in compliance with fiscal accountability, efficiency and budgeting regulations.

Sampson thanked the board members for approving his new contract and said, “We do many things well in this district and it starts with the school board. I feel very fortunate to have come here in 2011. We serve communities that value education and the public can feel confident in the elected officials they have at this table.”

No one from the public spoke about the superintendent’s new contract when given the opportunity to do so by the board president.