Dear UFRSD Parents and Guardians,

I hope this letter finds you well and that the wonderful energy of the upcoming school year has entered your home.  We are so excited to have our students back! As a matter of fact, our sleepless nights thinking about innovative lessons, opening day and doing whatever we can to support our students have already begun.

I writing to update the community on a major safety initiative that we have been working on within the district. The Board of Education has worked with our local municipalities to secure a law enforcement officer’s presence within the district every day, all year. At the present time, we are finalizing the details of this agreement, but we wanted to assure you that we will have an officer in our district throughout the school year. We will share all the details once the agreement is finalized. Additionally, during the first few days / weeks of school you will see an added police presence so that officers are able to familiarize themselves with the district and, most importantly, get to know our students, staff and administrators. These officers will be a friendly presence for all students and comforting one for our parents and staff.

I would like to thank the Board of Education for their determination and dedication to the parents, students and staff of UFRSD. They have been unwavering in their desire to have a law enforcement officer on our campuses during the first day of school and throughout the year. I would also like to thank Mayor Stephen Alexander, Mrs. Lori Mount and the entire Upper Freehold Township Committee for their hard work towards, and support of, this initiative.

Finally, I would like to invite all of you to our first UFRSD Community Conversation, which will be focused on School Safety and Security. This conversation will take place on Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the Allentown High School auditorium. Our conversation will focus on some of the steps we have taken to ensure the safety of our kids and also give people the opportunity to ask questions, share ideas and listen to some experts talk about school safety.

My best,

Mark Guterl

Acting Superintendent