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Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education - Representing Red Bank Borough

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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    Stephanie Albanese
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Biographical Information

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Facebook Page @stephaniealbaneseBOE
Campaign Address 103-C Drs. James Parker Blvd Red Bank, NJ 07701
Education K-12 Point Pleasant Boro Public Schools University of Maryland- BA London School of Economics and Political Science- MSc
First- transportation. Students in Red Bank have expressed difficulty with transportation to and from the school. For some extracurricular activities, students miss the last bus home and unless their family is readily available for pick up, they need to walk home. This isn't inherently bad, but if it is late, dark, or there is inclement weather, maybe not ideal. Second- separation between the students from the three towns. Parents and students have commented to me that students from the three towns mostly stay in their own cohorts when they get to RBR. But, on top of this, Red Bank students have been made to feel less than. They've felt the differences between their counterparts in terms of socioeconomic status and ethnicity, and they've felt derision as a result of it. Third- the digital divide. I know that Red Bank has worked to expand access to reliable wifi for all of our residents, primarily so that students who do not have internet at home can still access the educational tools they need. This is even more critical now that our students are learning virtually. But we still hear that students are having issues making a stable internet connection in their homes. I want to make sure that every student has the tools they need to learn, and this is a hugely critical tool in these times, and going forward. I am hosting conversations with students, parents, and teachers to discuss these challenges and develop appropriate and realistic solutions.
I love learning, and all of my years of education have been at public schools, including my graduate education. I value and believe in public schools. I am committed to Red Bank and to my kids attending schools in Red Bank. I believe in public service, and finding different ways to contribute to my community.

I have worked in Congress. I have worked on several campaigns. I have worked on behalf of nonprofits. I have worked in the service industry. At present, I work as a Legislative Director in the State Senate. All of these professional experiences have sharpened my skills for understanding complex policy, for working with different stakeholders and figuring out compromise, and for remembering for whom we do this work.

I know that I am not a teacher. I have not been trained as one, I have not worked as one. I am not running for this position with the intention to interfere with the amazing work that our teachers do. I want to give them all of the backup support they need to do their jobs. That is my main goal.
For our community of students, equal access to all that RBR offers is critical to their education. This includes making sure they can attend the Academies and take advantage of all of the programs that RBR offers. So, in turn, this means the Academies can continue to survive and thrive. Celebrating the diversity of our community and using that as a means to come together, share stories and experiences, and celebrate different cultures is something I think would be an incredible asset to RBR and to Red Bank as a whole.