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A BLIP IN TIME, FOR RED BANK REGIONAL

blipcheckRed Bank Regional Education Foundation President Paul Noglows (center) presents a symbolic check for $23,533 to Principal Risa Clay and RBR Superintendent Jim Stefankiewicz, to finance the new digital multi-media program known as Buccaneer Live Information Portal (BLIP).

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

At a recent meeting of the Red Bank Regional Board of Education, Paul Noglows, President of the RBR Education Foundation (RBREF) presented RBR Superintendent Jim Stefankiewicz and Principal Risa Clay with a $23,533 check to finance a school multi-media, digital display system.

Known as the Buccaneer Live Information Portal or B.L.I.P., the system enables the student body to receive multi-media information via three large LCD screens in key locations of the school building. The digital platform allows material to be easily uploaded through a computer server or broadcast in real time.

“We can live stream video that our TV Production class creates for morning announcements or special programs,” Dr. Stefankiewicz explained. He added, “We can keep our students informed with current events, or stream pictures of important moments that occur throughout school life including athletics, academic competitions and visual and performing arts programs. The possibilities are endless, as long as we can access it via a computer server.”

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LET THERE BE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, AT RBR

P1200095The RBR Buccaneer Athletic Foundation members proudly stand before the new lights on the RBR athletic field. Left to right are (back row) foundation members Don Chamberlain, Scott Navitsky, athletic foundation President Cathy Reardon, RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra, RBR Superintendent Dr. Jim Stefankiewicz; (front row) Anne Amato, Debbie Juliano, Jody Navitsky and Judy Bonanno. Not pictured are foundation members Diane Davis and Beth Lloyd. (Click to enlarge)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

After two years of fundraising, The Red Bank Regional Buccaneer Athletic Foundation (RBRBAF) has succeeded in its founding initiative of bringing lights to the Red Bank Regional athletic field in the fruition of their “Let There Be Lights” campaign —and on the evening of September 20, the Friday Night Lights come on for the first time, as the RBR Buccaneers play the Wall Township Crimson Knights in a contest that kicks off at 7 pm.

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RBR FRESHMEN RIDE ORIENTATION EXPRESS

McnallyandHumelsign-1RBR Principal Risa Clay signs off on a scavenger hunt activity for Jack McNally, Little Silver, and Ryan Humelsine, Deal, at the RBR freshman orientation.  (Click to enlarge)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Little Silver:  In addressing an assembly of anxious incoming freshmen representing the school class of 2017, the Red Bank Regional (RBR) Student Council President, Dan Lloyd, made them a promise.  He stated, “You are going to have the best four years of your life,” adding, “This school has given me so much.  It will be a lot of hard work but you guys can get it done.”

Their new principal, Risa Clay, encouraged them to get involved, and their Superintendent, Jim Stefankiewicz asked them to “just give us your best and we will be here to help you.” Freshman Academy Supervisor Suzanne Keller explained the concept of the Freshman Academy and gave them the schedule of the day. Then they were off.

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STATE AID BOOST COMES WITH QUESTIONS

c-christieGovernor Chris Christie at a Middletown town hall meeting in January. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Governor Chris Christie’s announcement Wednesday of how he’s apportioning $850 million in aid to school districts was welcome news to superintendents, who last year took axes and scalpels to their budgets when Christie froze funding.

But while any additional funds are welcome, local school leaders say they’re still in the dark over one big question: how are they going to be able to use it?

“We’re still, right now, sort of waiting for additional guidance from the Department of Education how they would like us to proceed with additional funding,” said Jim Stefankiewicz, superintendent of Red Bank Regional High School in Little Silver. His school got a whopping 147-percent boost in state aid. “Information from the governor’s office said that they would really like it to be earmaked more for property tax relief, which we are very open to and considering.”

But until official word comes down what the money can be used for, Stefankiewicz, like other leaders, is in a holding pattern.

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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.

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RBR NAMES EX-PRINCIPAL AS NEW SUPER

mr-s1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Jim Stefankiewicz (right) is returning for Act II at Red Bank Regional High School, this time to take the reins as superintendent.

Stefankiewicz, RBR’s former principal, was appointed Wednesday night as superintendent, filling a gap left by Howard Lucks, who left the post earlier this month to tend to his ailing wife.

Former superintendent Edward Westervelt will keep Lucks’s seat warm until Stefankiewicz, who is currently assistant superintendent for the Middletown school district, steps into the new role sometime in April.

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