RBR TO INTRO BUDGET, NEW SUPERINTENDENT

mr-s3By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Jim Stefankiewicz, right, will waste no time getting back down to business at Red Bank Regional.

Even though he won’t officially step in as the high school’s superintendent until April 1, he’ll re-introduce himself — and the 2011-’12 budget — to the public a couple of days prior.

The former principal and to-be school chief will hold a meet-and-greet next Wednesday, then take part in the district’s 2011-12 budget presentation.

Stefankiewicz, who served as RBR’s principal from 2006 to 2009 before taking a job as an assistant superintendent at Middletown school district, has not been actively involved in formulating the budget, said Marianne Kligman, the school’s community information coordinator. But he has stayed in constant communication with school administrators to be able to address most questions and concerns pertaining to it, she said.

Pending voter approval of the budget, Stefankiewicz will oversee a $26 million in spending, with $22 million of it to be raised through local taxes from the school’s three sending towns: Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury. Voters will have their say at the ballot box on April 27.

Stefankiewicz will earn $147,500 in the first year of a three-year contract. He officially takes over for interim superintendent Edward Westervelt, who stepped in for Howard Lucks, on April 1.

The meet-and-greet will be held at 7p March 30 at the school’s media center.