RED BANK: CASINO NIGHT PICKS UP STEAM

Press release from Red Bank Borough Education Foundation

rbbef_casino_night_2016Test your luck — and help the Red Bank public schools at the same time — when the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation hosts its Casino Night on Friday, September 30.

Scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 (40 West Front Street in Red Bank), the event will fund STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) projects at the borough’s schools. The STEAM curriculum is a priority for schools throughout the country, and the Education Foundation has made it its mission to promote these studies at the Red Bank public schools.

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MAKE A BET TO BENEFIT RED BANK SCHOOLS

Press release from Red Bank Borough Education Foundation

casino_night_flyerTest your luck — and help the Red Bank public schools at the same time! The Red Bank Borough Education Foundation will host a Casino Night on Friday, October 23, from 7 to 10 pm at the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233, 40 West Front Street in Red Bank.

Money raised from the event will fund STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) projects, including the formation of a STEAM lab at the Red Bank Primary School in honor of Rosemarie Kopka, according to Education Foundation president Susan Berke. Kopka, who passed away in April of this year, was a longtime resident of Red Bank, the driving force behind the formation of the Education Foundation, and the first woman to serve on the Red Bank Board of Education.

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PARKING BAN MULLED AFTER $470K BLIZZARD

dscf3067Red Bank officials are looking to make changes to their snow-management plans, including an on-street parking ban overnight. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

In the wake of the end-of-year snow dump, Red Bank officials have assessed the disaster they call the worst blizzard in a generation and say they are intent on making serious changes to prevent a repeat of the near half-million dollar mayhem it brought.

First up: informing the public.

Second: an overnight on-street parking ban.

It needs to happen, they say.

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QUESTIONS HAMPER DRAFT SCHOOL BUDGET

laura-moranaRed Bank Schools Superintendent Laura Morana talks to the local press Thursday about the district’s bleak budget outlook . (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The waiting, as Tom Petty sings, is the hardest part. Only, he wasn’t working on a multimillion dollar school budget when he penned that tune.

Laura Morana, like so many school administrators in New Jersey who must have drafts of next year’s budgets turned in soon, is playing the waiting game, left in the dark by Gov. Chris Christie’s somewhat nebulous pledge to freeze state aid to school districts in order to make up for a huge budget gap.

When she sat down on Thursday to talk with the local press, the Red Bank schools superintendent was bouncing between budget meetings, just a couple of the many she’s had in the last couple weeks.

She’s already reconciled with the fact that the state is in a financial hurt locker. She’s even OK with dipping into the district’s $701,000 surplus to compensate for the reduction in aid, albeit begrudgingly. But considering she has to have a draft 2010-11 budget turned into the county prior to Christie’s state budget presentation on March 16, Morana would like to know what to expect.

“Right now we’re dealing with a million questions and nothing else. No answers,” she said. “You just don’t even know.”

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