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FRHSD school board will vote on plan to abolish numerous positions

The Freehold Regional High School District Board of Education at its meeting on April 27 will consider a resolution to abolish numerous positions effective with the start of the 2020-21 school year.

That evening, board members are expected to adopt a budget for the upcoming school year that includes a $6 million reduction in state aid.

A resolution listed in the board’s April 27 meeting agenda says state law “provides that a board of education may ‘reduce the number of teaching staff members employed in the district whenever in the judgment of the board it is advisable to abolish any such positions for reasons of economy or because of reduction in the number of pupils or of change in the administrative or supervisory organization of the district or for other good cause.’ ”

District administrators have said enrollment has been declining by about 1% per year. Enrollment in the district’s six high schools currently stands at about 11,800 students.

The resolution states that “for reasons of economy and staffing needs in light of student enrollment and scheduling, the following full time-equivalent positions are recommended for abolishment” – one full-time academic supervisor position; one full-time business teaching position; one part-time business teaching position; three full-time English teaching positions;

And, one full-time family and consumer science teaching position; three full-time health and physical education teaching positions; two full-time mathematics teaching positions; one full-time social studies teaching position; four full-time science teaching positions;

Also, eight full-time special education teaching positions; one full-time technology education teaching position; two full-time world language-Spanish teaching positions; one part-time world language-Latin teaching position; one part-time world language-French teaching position;

And, one full-time educational interpreter-sign language interpreting educational services position; and one full-time teacher coach-educational technology integration and application teaching position.

According to the resolution, the affected employees will promptly receive appropriate notification of their employment status.

The board meeting will be conducted virtually and the public portion of the meeting will begin at 8 p.m.

Use the following links to access the virtual meeting and meeting documents: link to view the meeting video on YouTube (available the day of the meeting); and a form to submit public comment (form will open prior to the start of the meeting).

The agenda for the April 27 meeting may be found at frhsd.com under Administration – Board of Education.

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