September 14, 2018
One of the main responsibilities of the Board of Education is the hiring and evaluating of the
District Superintendent. This past Tuesday the Board met to discuss the current opening we have.
The first part of our meeting Mr. Neal Dickstein, Acting Superintendent, presented us with his vision and
provided a roadmap of where he would like to see the district go should he be chosen as the next
Superintendent. After this presentation, those members who are eligible to vote for the Superintendent
discussed what direction we would like to go.
Knowing that we had a very qualified internal candidate who has been with our district for years,
basically performing an on the job interview, made our discussion very easy. Unanimously the board
decided it would not be fiscally responsible to engage a search firm to find us candidates when we had
the best candidate possible in house.
Pending the contract approval of the County Superintendent and a vote by the Board of Education on
9/25, Neal Dickstein will become the next Superintendent of Freehold Township.
Mr. Dickstein started his career as a first, fifth and sixth grade teacher. In 2001, he was selected as the
Mercer County Technology Fellow for the New Jersey State Department of Education. During that
fellowship, he worked with Mercer County School Districts to coach teachers how to meaningfully
integrate technology into the existing curriculum. Upon returning to the East Windsor Regional School
District, he served as an elementary assistant principal between two elementary schools and the
administrator of the elementary basic skills summer program. He joined the Freehold Township School
District in 2004 as the principal of Catena School. In 2008, he began as the Assistant Superintendent for
Educational Services and Technology (now Human Resources and Technology) and has continued in that
expanding roll up until today.
The Board of Education is excited by the vision that Mr. Dickstein has and knows that he is the right
person to lead us at this time.
President, Board of Education