naacp-041310Ben Forest, below, met with residents Tuesday night in a forum sponsored by the Red Bank NAACP. (Photos by Anthony Trufolo; click to enlarge.)


It was board of ed candidate’s night last night at Red Bank’s Calvary Baptist Church.

That’s right: ‘candidate,’ singular. The Red Bank school board, though it has three open seats in next week’s election, has only one declared candidate: incumbent finance committee chairman Ben Forest.

He fielded questions at a sit-down hosted by the local chapter of the NAACP.

“There was a lot of concern about budget cuts, particularly cuts to the athletic program,” Forest tells redbankgreen.

“I sensed frustration on budget issues in a number of ways. I don’t think they liked the reductions in our budget. Frankly, I don’t like them, either.”

Voters will get another chance to delve into the workings of the board and its budget tonight, when school officials¬† hold an information session at 7p at River Street Commons, an event hosted by the Westside Community Group (which is headed by Forest’s wife, Amy Goldsmith).

For more information,  call 732-741-3715 or 732-747-0306.

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