FAIR HAVEN MAN TO HEAD RED BANK SCHOOLS

rbps 022813Jared Rumage, below, was named to head the two-school district, including the primary school, above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter a seven-month search, Red Bank has found a new schools superintendent, and he lives one town over.

Jared Rumage, 42, of Fair Haven, was named to head the two-school district at a meeting of the board of education Tuesday night. He replaces Laura Morana, who retired in September after seven years at the helm.

Rumage, the principal at the Iselin Middle School in Woodbridge Township, will face some heavy lifting when he starts work on July 1. Amid rapidly rising enrollment in a district in which some 90 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches, the board of education this week approved a budget that will sock borough taxpayers with a 10-percent tax increase, or an average $231 more per household this year.

“This is the situation he’s walking into,” board President Ben Forest tells redbankgreen. “The number one challenge is going to be resources, how to do a lot with a little.”

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