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Superintendent of Schools

District Mission Statement

Toms River Regional Schools is a community of dedicated students, professional staff, and supportive community members. Together we are committed to providing an innovative and rigorous educational experience that

  • aligns with and exceeds New Jersey Student Learning Standards
  • respects the dignity and safety of every person in the school community
  • recognizes and nurtures the unique talents, interests, and experiences of each individual
  • develops students into lifelong learners who are socially responsible, confident, value diversity, and are able to adapt to the present and future challenges of a complex world.

District Goals 2022-2023

Each year, district leaders craft challenging goals based on the progress of the previous years’ goals, achievement data, feedback from stakeholders, and a consideration of government mandates, local and societal needs, and relevant research. Our goals must be general enough to encompass and guide all other curricular and building goals, yet specific enough to be measurable and achievable. The district goals then form the basis for building goals, which in turn inform department, administrator, and teacher goals and professional development plans. Progress on these goals is reported mid-year and at the end of the school year.

1. Student Achievement: Increase academic achievement and overall engagement while addressing the social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students. This goal will be achieved by maximizing the time spent on rigorous core instruction and the implementation of targeted supports and enrichment opportunities, by way of a cohesive multi-tiered system of support to improve student outcomes. Through the use of high quality benchmark assessments, and the analysis of culture and climate information, the most at-risk students will be identified and tracked to ensure they are receiving systematic, explicit evidence-based interventions that support both mental health and academic achievement in inclusive learning environments. A district wide professional development plan will ensure all staff have the support and structure needed to provide a data-driven, thorough and efficient education for all students.

2. Budget: Continue to develop and revise financial plans while actively seeking more alternative sources of revenue, maximizing shared service opportunities and continuing legislative and advocacy efforts to update and revise the current state aid formula, given the anticipated state aid loses for the next two budgets and the impending fiscal cliff projected for the 2024- 25 district budget (due to S2 and the run-out of ESSER/ARP grant funds). Our financial plans will continue to focus on maximizing resources, and operating as efficiently as possible, so we can provide a thorough and efficient education for all students.

3. Facilities: Monitor and assess classroom and office spaces to ensure alignment with NJDOE & DOH guidelines. Continue working with project managers to complete referendum projects within timetables of the project contract and allocate facilities staff to address other deficiencies and complete preventative maintenance within our buildings as needed to provide a thorough and efficient education for all students.

4. Technology: Enhance a student-centered approach to technology education through (1) maximizing equitable access to digital learning opportunities both in school and at home; (2) expanding and maximizing the efficiency of our one-to-one program; (3) facilitating student ownership of academic achievement data through self-directed access and individualized learning goals: and (4) increased implementation of systemwide tools for data security; (5) leveraging technology tools and resources to enhance teaching and learning in order to provide a thorough and efficient education for all students.

5. Community and Communications: Continue to foster and expand partnerships with local, county and state organizations, focusing on student programming and shared services, while addressing mental health and integrated learning opportunities for staff and students. Communicate and make priority our program development and inclusion with all stakeholders from our entire Regional School communities in order to provide a thorough and efficient education for all students.

Approved at the July 2022 BOE meeting

District Vision

Toms River Regional Schools are, above all, student centered. We recognize the classroom as a place where all students

  1. feel safe to learn, work together, and express themselves respectfully;
  2. are encouraged to discover and develop their interests and abilities, no matter what their present level of performance;
  3. are offered experiences in new and wider fields of knowledge that can make life richer and more satisfying. 

We understand that all of a person's experiences influence that person's development. The curriculum of Toms River Regional Schools, therefore, embraces pupil opportunities-- classroom instruction, extracurricular activities, field experiences, social functions, and community projects-- that embrace the whole child. Recognizing and encouraging student choice and voice are fundamentally to achieving this vision.

Being a lifelong learner means not only developing habits of mind that include analysis, introspection, critical thinking, and problem solving, but also applying a mindset that ensures personal future readiness and becoming a socially responsible citizen: adaptability, flexibility, mindfulness, empathy, tolerance, open-mindedness, and grit. The district is committed to helping students strengthen these traits through authentic learning opportunities that connect them with their community and the larger world.

Many closely interrelated factors determine the degree to which we can create a positive  learning environment. We acknowledge the importance of physical surroundings, but even more important are human relationships. Supportive, caring, and professionally bounded connections between students and staff help promote growth and a sense of belonging.

We believe that no educational philosophy can be static. The aims and policies of the Toms River Regional Schools are being continually reexamined in light of changing pupil and community needs. We encourage continuous feedback and revision.

Business Administrator

Assistant Superintendent

Assistant Superintendent

Assistant Superintendent

Director of Special Education

Director of Grants & Funded Programs

Director of Curriculum 6-12

Director of Curriculum K-5

Director of Student Services