Regional District Welcomes New Superintendent

From left, Dr. Shanna Howell, Board Member Marc Parisi, Board President Peter Bruno, Dr. Nicole Hazel, and Board Member Kathie Lavin. All welcomed Hazel as she was appointed as superintendent. (Photo courtesy Marc Parisi)

  FREEHOLD – During a recent Board of Education meeting, officials from the Freehold Regional High School District appointed a new superintendent, Dr. Nicole Hazel.

  On August 24, members of the board unanimously approved Hazel as the next superintendent, replacing Charles B. Sampson.

  Sampson, who has been with the district since June 2011, is set to be the next superintendent of the Mamaroneck Union Free School District in New York, according to an announcement made by the Mamaroneck district in June.

  Effective November 1, Hazel will be superintendent and will serve through June 30, 2027.

  “I am honored to have been appointed as Superintendent by the FRHSD Board of Education last evening. I look forward to the exciting and engaging work that lies ahead for FRHSD,” Hazel said in a statement.

  Hazel has been an educator for 30 years. For the past 15 years, she’s been in several leadership roles at FRHSD including Chief Academic Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, and as Administrative Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction.

  Hazel was the Chief Academic Officer for the past 11 years, and worked side-by-side with Dr. Sampson, administrators, faculty, staff, and all of the stakeholders within the FRHSD community to “develop, implement, and evaluate the goals and initiatives outlined in each of the District’s Strategic Plans.”

  “During this time, there has been tremendous growth and achievement within the district and, together, we were able to accomplish this while also navigating state budgetary restraints and a global pandemic. I am confident that my work and experiences in our district will result in a seamless transition to superintendent, where we will continue to work together and build upon our successes,” Hazel said.

  In her statement, Hazel said one of the district’s goals this school year is to set forth in their Strategic Plan “Compass 3.0” as well as prepare the six high schools for re-accreditation by the Middle States Association.

  “I look forward to leading and serving the FRHSD Community as your Superintendent of Schools,” Hazel said.