Board of Education
Public control of public education is one of the cornerstones of a free society and people exercise that control through their local school Board of Education. Click below to learn more about the Holmdel Board of Education.
- The Role of the Board
- Board Meetings
- The Board of Education Agenda
- Getting on the Agenda
- Addressing the Board
- Charges, Complaints or Challenges
- The Board of Education Table
- Superintendent of Schools
The role of the School Board member is not to run the schools, but to see that the schools are well run. Boards operate through policy to be effective and efficient, and to avoid appearing to be arbitrary, capricious, or unreasonable. All district policies are public documents.
Members of the Board of Education are elected by qualified voters in the community. Members are elected to three-year terms and normally three seats are up for election each fall. The Board selects a president and vice-president.
The Holmdel Township Board of Education meets one Wednesday each month in the William R. Satz School Library at 8:00 p.m. Occasionally, a holiday or other circumstance will alter this schedule. In this case, or in the event of a special meeting, public notice is given in advance of the change of date in the Asbury Park Press and through a district posting.
The meeting of the Board of Education follows a definite plan called "The Agenda.” The agenda follows guidelines, which are established by the State Legislature and the New Jersey State Department of Education. The school administration and Board of Education members recommend items on the agenda. The president of the board, who is elected by other members of the school board, presides at all regular and special meetings. The vice president presides in the president’s absence.
Board members receive the agenda and supporting documents well in advance of each meeting so they can study the materials and be prepared to make decisions. The Board of Education cannot be expected to make informed decisions on important questions without having all the available information and will not usually act on items not included on the agenda.
If you want to appear before the board, you can contact the superintendent's office prior to the Wednesday meeting. However, it is best to come the night of the meeting and address your question(s) or concern(s) directly to the board. Groups are also welcome but proceedings are facilitated if one person acts as the spokesperson. Copies of the agenda are provided to individuals attending board meetings and posted to the district website.
The school board benefits from comments and questions from concerned citizens who attend meetings. Therefore, an opportunity is provided for you to be heard during the public portion of the regular meeting.
During the open portion of the meeting, the board president will acknowledge you up to speak. Once called, you must rise, and state your name and address to the board, so that it may be recorded. Members of the board and the superintendent may ask questions or make remarks in response to your comments. If you have a detailed question or one that requires a great deal of explanation, you may want to send your question in advance to the board secretary.
The public meeting of the school board is not the place to initiate personal charges or complaints against individual employees. If you have any charges, complaints or challenges, you are encouraged to put them in writing to the superintendent or the board secretary. Please be sure to give us your name, address and phone number. All such charges or complaints, if presented to the board directly, will be referred to the superintendent. Occasionally, during a regular Board of Education meeting it becomes necessary for members of the public to wait while the Board of Education goes into "Executive Session." This occurs when the board needs to discuss a personnel matter or potentially sensitive issue. The results of the executive session are made public once the board has voted on them.
The Superintendent of Schools is appointed by the board and serves as it executive officer in administering board policies in the operation of our school. She/He also acts as an advisor in keeping the board informed of the needs and programs of the schools. The superintendent is available to the board as a professional resource and her/his recommendations normally precede any board actions relating to recruitment, election and supervision of professional staff, selection of textbooks and instructional material; development of curriculum, long-term planning and fiscal affairs. The superintendent is appointed by the board for a specified term.
Joseph Hammer, Board President
Peter Reddy, Board Vice President
Dr. Robert McGarry, Superintendent of Schools
Michael Petrizzo, CPA
Business Administrator/Board Secretary
Paul Green, Esq.
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To build equity to maximize the potential of every student, the district will:
- Use data informed and research based systems that support the differentiation of instruction for all students;
- Develop plans to maximize learning time across content areas;
- Determine appropriate class enrollments in Grades K-8 to support learning environments that maximize student achievement;
- Enhance learning-focused communication among and between grade level staff, schools and disciplines;
- Conduct a K-12 assessment of the Gifted and Talented program;
- Conduct a Kindergarten program assessment to develop a data-informed full-day kindergarten program;
- Provide opportunities for teachers and administrators to build professional capacity to enhance student achievement and equity.
To support the social, emotional and intellectual well-being of all students, and to develop and sustain safe and welcoming schools for all students, the district will:
- Conduct a school climate and culture survey for parents, students and staff;
- Review climate and culture survey data to identify triggers of stress and anxiety among students;
- Evaluate current character education programs and initiatives including anti-bullying efforts;
- Implement a suicide prevention program;
- Gather and analyze data regarding student connectivity to school, sense of belonging and school pride; and
- Provide professional opportunities for teachers and administrators to develop strategies related to the practices of mindfulness and/or other strategies to address student needs.
To ensure that all students are provided with the technology-rich environments they need in order to be engaged and successful members of a digital society and workforce, the district will conduct a self-assessment of our district’s qualifications in the following areas in order to obtain Future Ready Schools state certification: Leadership, Education and Classroom Practices, and Technology Support and Services
To develop the facilities necessary to continue to provide all students with superior programs in academics, athletics and the arts, the district will:
- Educate the public regarding the need for the referendum to make effective investments in the District’s infrastructure;
- Establish a schedule of print and in-person opportunities for the community to learn about the Referendum;
- Work with the district Bond Counsel and Architect with regard to the bond sale and transition into the construction phase upon the passing of the referendum; and,
- Create and maintain a Holmdel 2020 Website with pre-referendum and post-referendum updates.
When questions or concerns arise, parents should first contact their child’s teacher. Most questions or concerns can be addressed at this level. However, if further resolution is required, then it is logical to communicate with someone at the next level. It is District policy that problems be pursued through the following channels and that each person will ensure that all previous levels have been contacted. The proper chain of command should be as follows:
- Department Supervisor
- Supervisor of Humanities (Language Arts/English, Social Studies, ESL)
- Supervisor of Mathematics and Science
- Supervisor of Gifted and Talented/Supplemental Programs
- Supervisor of Technology, Engineering and Media Centers
- Supervisor of Physical Education and Health
- Assistant Principal
- Director of Guidance
- Director of Special Education
- Director of Curriculum and Instruction
- Board of Education