FRHSD Releases Results of Stakeholder Survey

Questions answered by students, staff and parents

With thousands of students covering such a wide area, the Freehold Regional High School District conducted a survey of its community this past summer to get a sense of how they are perceived by not only students and parents but district employees and local residents as well. 

At Monday's meeting of the district's board of education, the results of that survey generally received as a positive reaction. A total of 1851 surveys were completed with the bulk of the participants being students and employees in the district. The survey looked at a variety of topics including problems facing the district, areas for possible improvement and places the district might be able to make cost saving cuts. 

Overall, the best marks for the district came for its curriculum and academic programs and, according to a survey, the district was deemed to be a "good place to learn." Along with that, 82 percent of students who took the survey said they either agreed or somewhat agreed that extra help is available for their classwork outside of the classroom. 

One of the most prevalent concerns of people taking the survey was drugs and alcohol abuse by students which was noted on 37 percent of the surveys.

Another area mentioned as possibly needing improvement is discipline in the schools. The survey summary noted that only 37 percent of students strongly or somewhat agreed that discipline was not an issue at their school. 

Parents who took the survey said one of their biggest concerns was the training their children were getting for life beyond high school. This was also an area of concern with students with 64 percent of parents saying more time should be devoted to building skills needed for a job. For students that number was 67 percent. 

When it came to things parents would like to see cut in order to maintain a balanced budget many people who took the survey said they would like to see cuts to administrative jobs rather than to the district's academics. Community member said they would also like to see sports and extra curriculars cut to help balance the budget. 

For an overall score the district was graded on a scale of 1-to-4. In the summary it was reported that the majority of the district's stakeholders gave a grade of a "B" or a 2.85 out of four. Of the three groups the employees gave the highest score at a 3.25 while students gave a 2.69. 

Superintendent Charles Sampson said the survey is the continuation of a process that had included a strategic planning process and getting input from the community. "Perspective is important to see how different groups feel about different programs and different aspects of the schools," he said. "It was a learning tool for us."

Sampson said he was pleased to see the district's employees giving such positive responses especially since it was done in the heart of negotiations for a new contract. "To come back that positive is a testament to our faculty and staff's commitment to this place," he said.

The survey showed that communication and support were both highly regarded by the staff. One area they were not happy with as professional development which only 37 percent said they were satisfied with. 

Breaking the scores down by grade Freehold High School gave the highest marks with an average score of 3.06 while Manalapan and Marlboro were the lowest with scores of 2.68 and 2.67 respectively. 

Curious George November 29, 2012 at 03:00 PM
What a joke this survey appears to be. How much money did it cost to do this research? What do these results tell anyone? {"Superintendent Charles Sampson said the survey is the continuation of a process that had included a strategic planning process and getting input from the community. "Perspective is important to see how different groups feel about different programs and different aspects of the schools," he said. "It was a learning tool for us."} If Superintendent Sampson wants to really know what the community thinks, why doesn't he ask the taxpayers what they think of the sham Merit Pay proposals that were presented at the last meeting which, if completed will give him an additional $26,000 on top of his already capped $177,500 plus benefits? Better still, ask the community if they even know about these merit pay propsals, what they are, who creates them and who approves them. I don't need a survey to tell me that probably no one outside of those who follow the FRHSD business knows anything about it. The survey was conducted by a board supported organization which only questioned those affiliated with the schools. There are many thousands of citizens within the district who don't have children in the schools but pay the taxes which ultimately pay for these programs and these bonuses. The public must be made aware of how their hard earned money is being spent within the school system.
Mike Rath November 29, 2012 at 03:10 PM
After the last Superintendent fiasco, a little transparency would be helpful.
Jim Sage November 29, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Surveys, surveys about surveys--stop it already! I just viewed the FRHSD Board meeting on tape (FRHSD.COM) At a hearing that approved the superintendent's goals, which would eventually result in future Merit Pay ($26,000.00) on top of his already state maximum pay of $177,500.00. I would hope the Board takes into consideration future reductions of state aid to the district. With Hurricane Sandy, is it impossible to realize little or no future state aid to this district? It would be morally and ethically wrong for the Board of Education to consider and approve "Merit Pay" for the superintendent if this possiblity should occur. Wording in the superintendents's contract permits Board members to skip paying Merit Pay. I would hope they execute their "fiduciary responsibilities" and thank the superintendent for a job well done, and conversely deny him the raise, due to conditions beyond the Board's control. Conditions that will probably result in higher school taxes as a result of reduced state aid. I challenge the Board of Education to make this commitment: If state aid is reduced to the Freehold Regional High School District--as a result of Hurricane Sandy--(with resulting increases to tax levies) The BOE, will waive Merit Pay. It should be noted that the wording already exists in the superintendent's contract that permits this waiver by the BOE.
kung pow November 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM


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