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Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education - Representing Little Silver

RED BANK REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION - Full Term - Vote for OneSchool board members in New Jersey are responsible for adopting policies under which the school district operates; overseeing the school district budget; approving the curriculum; hiring and evaluating the superintendent; representing the public during contract negotiations; and serving as a communication link between the community and the school system. Elected school board members receive no compensation and serve three-year terms, unless elected to fill an unexpired term when a vacancy occurs.

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  • Eugene J. Koster
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    John Venino
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Biographical Information

What are the major challenges facing the community/district and how would you propose to address them if elected?

What qualifies you for this position, both personally and professionally?

What factors are critical to the quality of life/education in your community and what would you do to improve or preserve them?

Campaign Email ekoster@rbrhs.org
Campaign phone 908-217-7354
Facebook Page None at present
Website None
Campaign Address 33 Vista Drive Little Silver, NJ 07739
Education B.A (Business Administration) Upsala College 1986
The major challenge that every school district faces each year is limited increases or possible decreases in State Aid and how to balance the school budget. I am happy to report that over my prior 6 years in office RBR has come in at the 2% cap or slightly over the 2% cap on each of our annual budgets. It is important for the taxpayer to know that RBR uses a line by line budget system. We work in conjunction with our Administration giving them the opportunity to select what is absolutely necessary and what can potentially be cut from their departmental budgets prior to our BOE Finance Committee drafting a budget for final Board approval.
Six years ago when I decided to run for the RBR Board, my intentions were to assist my Board colleagues in making RBR a better place both from a physical and educational standpoint for not only our student body, but for future students.

I feel that I am qualified for the position because I take a non partisan approach. Although I am a Little Silver resident, any decision that I am involved in making for the school takes into consideration the impact it will have on the entire RBR student body.

My professional background as an employees benefits insurance broker, with expertise in Municipal and School Board benefit negotiations is an asset.

I have always prided myself during my six years of making sure the student body is afforded everything they need to prepare themselves for college or business. While doing this I make sure that take into consideration the fiscal responsibility I have to the taxpayer.
For years RBR has been known for their Academies of Learning. So well known that students from 15 towns test into these academies each year seeking admittance as a tuition paying student.

RBR is also considered 1:1 educational district. This means that each of our 1325 students not only has a Chromebook but also has internet access. This is critical during our current educational situation.

In 2019 RBR introduced the Inspire Academy. This Academy affords at risk students the ability to obtain a mainstream education with their peers as opposed to being sent out of district to be educated.

RBR has been ranked #39 out of approximately 600 high schools in NJ. This is up from #89 in 2016.

Continuing to place emphasis on critical areas of education with appropriate educators in place to navigate the students will allow RBR to improve and preserve our highly valued programs.
Campaign Email veninohome@gmail.com
Campaign phone 732 771 3110
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/john.venino
Campaign Address 176 Winding Way South Little Silver, NJ 07739
Education BS Kean University- Physical Education and Health MS New Jersey City University- Counseling Psychology
The single most pressing issue facing our school district now is COVID/remote learning. I will continue to address the issue with the superintendent, and if elected, with board members, advocate for more student contact time and the highest quality education possible. Some of the other issues that will define my campaign platform are: - Budget. The high taxes that Little Silver property owners pay for school expenses must be respected and appropriately allocated. - The re-establishment of Honors Level courses in 9th grade. Providing opportunities to qualified students must be a priority of any school. Currently, only honors math is offered. - Establishing minimum criteria so that no qualified student from Red Bank, Little Silver, or Shrewsbury is passed over for a spot in one of the academies, in lieu of a student from any other town. Tuition revenue is no reason to block a qualified resident student from an academy, for a student living outside Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury. - Removing Global Citizenship as a required elective only at RBR. Children and their parents should choose what elective classes they want to take, not the RBR Board of Education. This class is not required by the state of NJ. RBR requires it only for students from Red Bank, Little Silver and Shrewsbury. RBR students from other towns are not required to take it. - Hiring the most qualified applicants. Period. Ensure that only school leadership is involved in hiring decisions at RBR.
Of the 9 Red Bank Regional Board Of Education members, neither of the 2 from Little Silver have children at RBR. I have 3 children in grades 9,10, and 12 at RBR. Unlike my opponent, i will receive daily feedback regarding student life at RBR. I have been employed for 25 years in public education. Neither of the 2 RBR board members from Little Silver, nor the 2 RBR board members from Shrewsbury are educators. One of the 5 board members from Red Bank is a retired educator. My knowledge of remote learning will be firsthand. My knowledge of education will be firsthand. I will not rely solely on information disseminated to me from the superintendent. I will be an independent voice for Little Silver, which will benefit all students.

My knowledge of school operations eclipses that of any board member not working in education. I will not need to rely on information provided by the RBR Board Office to know this. During my 25 years as an educator, I have collaborated on many different teams and committees. This skill will be necessary to work with fellow board members.

My commitment to the Little Silver community is evidenced by the many years of volunteering to coach softball, basketball and soccer, as well as organizing special events for the benefit of all Little Silver Families. This includes the Annual Little Silver Night at Monmouth University and RBR basketball games.
Little Silver has educated, hard working residents and parents that have high expectations for themselves, their children, their schools, and their town. The result is a harmonious and safe town. The children of Little Silver are ambitious and achievement oriented. The Little Silver (K-8th grade) education is very good. The Red Bank Regional High School is good too. Resident and parental involvement is the key to preserving what we expect. The two Red Bank Regional Board of Education members that Little Silver elects to join the two from Shrewsbury, and five from Red Bank, must be loyal advocates of the ideals that Little Silver residents expect. The Board of Education members must safe guard programs for the students at Red Bank Regional, and protect the investment (property taxes) from misuse. The two Little Silver members on the Red Bank Regional Board of Education must volunteer to be the elected voice of Little Silver residents, parents, and students. When necessary, the Board Members must alert the community to issues that require resident and parent participation in the decision making process. • Little Silver is allocated 2 out of 9 board of education seats. Shrewsbury receives 2, and Red Bank receives 5. The Little Silver Board members must be loyal advocates. A fair policy for Little Silver residents and students is a fair policy for all of the students and residents.