Red Bank primary and middle school strings players performing at the borough Sidewalk Sale on Saturday included, from left, Hannah Ludwikowski, Claudia Garcia, Parker Ludwikowski, Mae Woolley, Sarah Perry and Lillian Woolley.
Parents of strings students have joined forces with the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation to raise the $85,000 required for restoration of the strings program, which was terminated recently over budget issues. (Photo by Wayne Woolley. Click to enlarge)
Red Bank’s school board unanimously approved the boroughs 2013-2014 school budget at the Thursday night before a small group of residents and school officials at the primary school.
The spending plan weighed in at $13.2 million, up $522,503, or 4.1 percent, from last year. The increase might have topped 8 percent, had the district chosen to employ “banked cap,” a method that allows districts to exceed the state-mandated limits on budget growth, said Superintendent Laura Morana.
But when we thought about the impact [the tax levy] would have on households, and families for community members in Red Bank, we decided it was too high, Morana said. We wanted to be responsive to the needs of our children meeting their educational needs, having the appropriate personnel, supplies and technology but at the same time, we needed to think about the members of our community, and really think about the impact on the community.
Borough schools Superintendent Laura Morana was joined by new Basie CEO Adam Philipson and director of education Yvonne Lamb Scudiery during her monthly press meeting at middle school Tuesday to help detail the Kennedy Centers upcoming workshops for teachers, designed to help them understand the importance of performing arts as a part of overall education.
A dumpster loaded with discarded carpeting and other material sits outside the Red Bank Primary School, which remained closed Monday. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)
By WIL FULTON
After two weeks, Red Bank Primary School students were able to finally make their return to school Monday just not their own school.
Displaced students attended a morning session at the middle school, before the middle school students arrived for an afternoon session.
The primary school, adjoining the Swimming River, was built on marshland, and suffered major flood damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy two weeks ago. According to Superintendent Laura Morana, over two-thirds of the schools flooring and carpeting were rendered unusable in Sandys wake.
The school has been in existence for over 40 years, Morana told redbankgreen, and this by far the worst damage weve faced as a result of weather.”