Red Bank, NJ – February 4, 2016
– In light of a recent proposal by the Red Bank Charter School to amend its expansion request, the Red Bank Borough Board of Education remains resolute in its opposition to any
expansion of the Charter School.
“The reason is clear: Any expansion by the Red Bank Charter School would have a devastating impact to our public school students and our community as a whole,” said Jared J. Rumage, Superintendent, Red Bank Borough Public Schools.
In its initial request to New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner David Hespe on December 1, 2015, the Red Bank Charter School proposed to double the size of its enrollment, to 400 students, by adding one class of 20 students to each grade, with enrollment phased in over three years (grades preK -4 in 2016-17, grades 5-6 in 2017-18, and grades 7-8 in 2018-19). It also included a proposal for a weighted lottery system to provide greater access to economically disadvantaged students during the three-year expansion period only.
A modified request that the Red Bank Charter School presented to the community on February 2, 2016, changes only the pace at which the expansion would be implemented, so that 60 new students would be added during the first year instead of 120. It does nothing to address the concerns of the District over the expansion request as a whole, which include severe reductions in force, increased class sizes, the elimination of instructional programs, and an additional burden on the taxpayers of Red Bank Borough.