Educators from New Taipei City School District will visit Freehold Borough

FREEHOLD – Educators and students from the New Taipei City School District in Taiwan will visit the Freehold Borough K-8 School District and other New Jersey school districts this month.

On Sept. 17, the Freehold Borough Board of Education approved a visit from 14 educators representing the New Taipei City School District for Oct. 15-18. The guests from Taiwan will also visit the Freehold Regional High School District, the Howell K-8 School District and the Linden School District, Union County.

According to Freehold Borough Superintendent of Schools Rocco Tomazic, Freehold Borough and Freehold Regional have a formal memorandum of understanding with the New Taipei City School District for mutual cooperation, which has led to annual visits from New Taipei City educators, including one in 2017.

In turn, Freehold Borough educators have visited the schools of the Taiwanese district.

New Taipei City has a population of more than 3.9 million people and has 300 public schools managed by the New Taipei City Education Department, according to Freehold Borough district administrators.

In other business on Sept. 17, the board appointed Jennifer O’Shea, the district’s director of special programs, and Patrica Saxton, assistant business administrator, to extra pre-kindergarten duties for the 2018-19 school year. O’Shea was appointed as a preschool director and Saxton was appointed as preschool fiscal assistant outside of their regular work days.

O’Shea and Saxton will each be paid $40 an hour for the extra duty. O’Shea’s maximum hours during 2018-19 will be 425 hours and Saxton’s maximum hours during 2018-19 will be 75 hours, according to district administrators.

And, the board appointed John Dupuis as security monitor at the Park Avenue Complex, which houses the Park Avenue Elementary School and the Freehold Intermediate School. He will be paid $18 per hour and his duties are to provide security and traffic assistance during an ongoing construction project at the Park Avenue Complex, according to district administrators.

Dupuis’ appointment was effective Sept. 21 and will end upon the completion of the construction project, which is scheduled to conclude by the end of the year.