Welcome to the Compass Blog!

Welcome to Compass, the Freehold Regional High School District's strategic planning portal. At this early date, the plan is only in its infancy; our steering committee, which represents every corner of the district's professional landscape, has developed a draft framework consisting of a mission, three goals, and seven strategies. That framework is now getting its first public airing. Feedback is rolling in. Looking forward to looking back--those words look strange together, but I look forward to looking back on this time, and this blog post, in the years to come as our plan evolves. I look forward to seeing the distance between now and then.

Now, however, that distance unfolds ahead of us. There is a lot of work to do. But we are ready to do it.

My time as the plan's internal coordinator is also just beginning. So far, however, this work has been some of the most stimulating of my career. I work with wonderful people in our district every day--staff and colleagues, parents, students, and more. The steering committee, which forged the draft framework over two-and-a-half days of intense conversation, has given irrefutable answers to the question of why this is such a wonderful place to work, and why this is such a wonderful time. These are men and women who always have time to engage in the conversations that make our district better. Their well of energy to do the work that takes them outside of their classrooms, schools, and offices, to roll up their sleeves and create new and daring opportunities for our students, is immeasurably deep. I should not be surprised. We are blessed with an enormous number of such people. This is nothing new.

Now, as we begin to point them all in the same direction, we see that we can do anything. True north.

Schooling is certainly changing. Those changes may shake the pillars of this public institution. Our assumptions are challenged. But the steering committee recognizes the opportunity that this time represents. It is a time to work with our community to craft paradigms about what this district is, and how it rises to its purpose. It is a time to build the practices and structures to support those paradigms.

That distance ahead of us--a lot will change between now, as we take our first steps, and the end of the road, which we know is no end but just a step or two short of some next long, long road. But we link our arms and take these steps.

Watch this site as our work unfolds. Like the plan, this site will also evolve. Now, it serves as both an outlet for news and a collection point for feedback. Soon, though, it will become a hub of conversation. We look forward to your contributions.

Nothing works better than good conversation to pass the time on a long journey.


“If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.”- Henry Kissinger

Thank You to all of the steering committee members for helping our district define our True North and serving as the stars to help navigate us toward it. It is invigorating and gratifying to be on this journey with you all. Thank You as well for challenging me and exasperating me (in a good way)- pushing me to think outside of my comfort zone. That’s what real learning and growth is all about- exhausting and uncomfortable, but ultimately empowering beyond measure.

"It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go." - Jim Rohn

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