News that the state had slashed a fine on the Red Bank Charter School from $1 million to $55,000 arrived just in time for the school’s annual picnic, which made the event at Eastside Park rather more jubilant than it otherwise might have been, Larry Higgs reports in today’s Asbury Park Press.


From the story:

“I just heard, and it’s fantastic,” said Sima Williams of Bridge Avenue, parent of two students. “We were all concerned. It’s money we’ll have to pay, but it’s definitely more affordable than $1 million.”


The Department of Education decided last week to reduce the fine, levied in May 2005, after it found that school officials violated public bidding laws in renovating school buildings on Oakland Street. State officials cited the school’s implementation of a corrective action plan to deal with issues in the report, in their decision on the appeal. The school’s board of trustees must approve the state’s settlement.

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