HOLMDEL, N.J. - The Holmdel Board of Education ended their year on a high note, congratulating members who were moving on from the board and sharing many stories of their work together. Denise Kline and John Martinez both finished their terms. "I'm moving my poker game from Thursday to Wednesday" said Martinez to laughter. He was highly regarded by his fellow board members as prolific in math and the ability to calculate complicated figures with ease, particularly during collective bargaining negotiations with the HTEA. His business acumen was hailed by fellow board members with notes about his ability to 'cut to the chase' and simplify complex issues to keep fellow board members focused on delivering results.

Denise Kline was complimented on her tenacity to advocate for children, the passion of her viewpoints and the skill within which she applied her talents as an educator to the Holmdel Board of Education. She is now the Director of the Pre-School Program at Saint Catharine's Church in Holmdel. Board President Joseph Hammer shared his comments as well and wished the members success in the future. He also advised the board that he would not be seeking the Board Presidency for 2018 and remarked about all the accomplishments of 2018. He was particularly proud of the boards work and success to develop, design, implement and ultimately see public approval of the Vision 2020 referendum. After the commentary, they broke for cake and coffee and resumed the meeting. The highlights were released by the Superintendent as follows:

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Meeting Highlights

December 20, 2017

At the meeting of the Holmdel Board of Education held this week, the board…

Thanked board members Denise Kline and John Martinez for their three years of service to the board and the school district.

Accepted the 2016-2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Single Audit as prepared and presented by Holman Frenia Allison, P.C.. 

Accepted a donation of weight room equipment from Ms. Sabrina Corliss.

Approved the development of two new courses for Holmdel High School: Geometry Lab and Medical Terminology, the second in a series of courses being offered in partnership with Rutgers University School of Health Professions.

Approved a Shared Services agreement with the Freehold Regional High School District to continue to provide the opportunity for Holmdel students to play Ice Hockey on a cooperative team established with Marlboro High School in 2014.

Authorized the submission of plans  to the New Jersey Department of Education for the proposed acquisition of 34 Crawford’s Corner Road as per the Holmdel 2020 Initiative.

Discussed the ongoing work of various board committees via sharing of monthly reports.

Discussed four potential drafts of calendars for the 2018-2019 school year.  The Board welcomes questions about the calendar. Questions and comments will be shared with the board on January 3rd.    

The final meeting concluded with reorganization of the 2018 Holmdel Board of Education scheduled for Wednesday January 3rd, 2018.