• Statement of Support of RBR Dreamers

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 9/11/2023

    We are blessed at Red Bank Regional to be a school with a large population of immigrant students, including those who are undocumented. In addition, we are thankful to the members of the RBR Dreamers Club, who have led efforts to improve understanding, promote inclusiveness, and advocate for needed reform.

     

    We are also grateful for the outstanding leadership of their advisor Mrs. Marisol Mondaca, who led efforts to establish the club and volunteered her time for many years before the Dreamers were officially recognized.

     

    Recently a controversy has emerged because one of the five members of the Board of Education present for the meeting on August 16 rejected my recommendation that Mrs. Mondaca be reappointed. Because RBR has a nine-member board, five votes are required for any resolution item to pass regardless of how many members are in attendance. On August 16, four BOE members supported my recommendation; one did not and this, unfortunately, was enough to overrule the majority vote.

     

    It is inspiring to see the way our students are standing up for themselves and others amidst the current dispute. While I am proud of their efforts, I am not surprised. I have been a long-standing and committed supporter of the Dreamers. My recommendation that they be recognized as an official district club was approved by the Board in September 2021. Even before attaining this status, they actively worked to support immigrant students, RBR families, and participate in valuable service projects that benefitted our entire school community.

    In 1855 a depressed Abraham Lincoln wrote to his friend Joshua Speed about the growing popularity of the Know-Nothings, an anti-immigrant political party that was rapidly gaining support. “As a nation, we begin by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ ... When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘All men are created equal, except Negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty--to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure.”

     

    Virtually all Americans are immigrants or the children of immigrants but periodically misplaced anger and bigotry have influenced attitudes toward immigrants and distorted understandings of the positive role that immigrants play in American life. Regretfully, The Know Nothing impulse is still with us.

     

    I urge my colleagues on the Board of Education to reflect on their roles as community leaders, to set an example for empathy and understanding, and to strike a blow against the dark forces that Lincoln deplored so many years ago. I am hopeful that the Board of Education will approve my recommendation to re-appoint their club advisor, Mrs. Mondaca, so that the Dreamers can carry out their vital role here at RBR. The Dreamers deserve the unanimous support of the Board of Education tonight and at all times.

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  • Coffee and Conversation

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 2/8/2023

    You are invited for Coffee and Conversation with RBR’s Superintendent, Dr. Louis Moore

    Thursday February 9, at 7 pm Red Bank Primary School Cafeteria 222 River Street, Red Bank  

    • Come learn what is going on at the high school.
    • Bring your questions to this informal event.

    Dates for future coffees are set for:
    Saturday, April 22, 2023, 9 am, RBR board office

     

     

     

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  • Students Reporting to Cafeteria/Class Coverage

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 12/19/2022

    December 2022

     

    Dear RBR Parents and Guardians,

     

    Recently I have received a number of questions about students having to report to the cafeteria in the event of a teacher's absence.

     

    Normally, when a teacher is absent, classwork is posted in Google Classroom and students complete their schoolwork in their assigned classroom while being supervised by a substitute teacher. Classroom coverage is provided by regular substitute teachers or by RBR teachers who are pulled from non-teaching responsibilities.

     

    In the event that individual classes cannot be covered by a substitute, students are assigned to the cafeteria where they are supervised by RBR staff and administrators. During this time, it is expected that they complete the assignments posted by their teacher as they would if a substitute teacher were available. 

     

    The root cause of this problem is a shortage of qualified substitute teachers facing many school districts. To address this, we have stepped up efforts at recruitment and recently boosted pay 25 percent to $125 per day for substitute teachers. Please be advised that the students are always supervised and attendance is taken whether they report to their regular classroom or to the cafeteria.

     

    I hope this helps to clarify any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Louis Moore
    Superintendent

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  • Student Safety and Reporting Requirements

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 11/21/2022

    November 2022

     

    Dear RBR Families and Students,

     

    Protecting the well-being and safety of our students is a sacred obligation and will always be our highest priority. I am writing to review some of the procedures we have in place at our school to protect our students from harm.

     

    Establishing clear expectations and guidelines for reporting concerns is essential for the system to work. Each year, requirements for reporting child abuse, endangerment, and neglect are reviewed with all staff at the start of the school-year. 

     

    District policy and the law requires that concerns about the abuse of a child by any adult must be immediately reported to Mr. Clark, our Principal. School personnel may also be obligated to report the incident to the Division of Children and Families (DCF), the Institutional Abuse Unit of the DCF, and law enforcement. The following actions will occur:

     

    1. If appropriate, the staff member will be placed on administrative leave until all investigations are completed. 

    2. The school district is obligated to cooperate fully with DCF and law enforcement and these agencies will complete their inquiry before the school can begin its investigation. 

    3. Regardless of the findings of DCF and law enforcement, the school district may also conduct its own investigation and take disciplinary actions.

     

    Parents and students may also bring concerns directly to the school administration or other school personnel, who are obligated to share this information with appropriate authorities. Our administrators and counselors are always available to all students, staff, and families to provide support and serve as a resource.

     

    Despite the severity of the situation that was recently reported, I continue to have great confidence in RBR’s administrators, teachers, counselors, and coaches. I say this to you as both the superintendent and as a parent of two RBR students. The outstanding reputation of RBR’s staff is well-deserved and the situation that came to light last week is appalling to all of us. 

     

    In all cases involving student safety, our school will always act swiftly to investigate allegations and take appropriate actions. At the same time, we will continue our efforts to strengthen the protections that are in place to keep our children safe.

     

    Sincerely,



    Louis Moore
    Superintendent

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  • Traffic Safety Update

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 10/4/2022

    October 3, 2022

     

    Dear Students and Families,

     

    The increase in traffic congestion during arrival and dismissal times poses a potential danger to our school community. In addition, it is stressful and contributes to air pollution and climate change. You can help us to alleviate this problem by taking the following steps:

     

    • Consider walking or biking to school. If everyone does this one day per week, congestion will be reduced by 20 percent! Twice a week and it will be reduced by 40 percent!

    • Utilize bus service if you are eligible.

    • Reduce trips to school by car and carpool.

    • If you must drive your student to school, please utilize both the main entrance curve and the Media Center area for drop off.

     

    In the afternoon, please pick up your student after 2:50 PM. By this time the buses have usually departed and most of the senior lot is also empty.  By arriving a little later, you will help to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow, and greatly enhance everyone’s safety.  Students are welcome to wait in the Commons and they may also study in the library until 3:00 PM. The media center is open until 4:15 on homework help days.

     

    Important Traffic Safety Updates

    General Concerns for Morning Drop-off

    Students should be dropped off on school premises only. In addition, Ridge Road is not a double lane roadway. Vehicles are passing into the opposite lane of travel or crossing into the bike lane to pass, creating dangerous conditions. 

    Do Not Drop Off Students on Harding Road and Ridge Road

    Dropping off on these roadways is a major safety issue and is against the law. Individuals deciding to drop off on Ridge Road may be subject to a traffic summons. 

    Dropping off/Picking Up on Cambridge Avenue in Fair Haven

    Parents should not drop off or pick up students on Cambridge Avenue across the street from the high school. A crossing guard or police officer cannot be present at the intersection and having students cross the busy roadway is an obvious safety issue. Furthermore, Cambridge Ave is a residential roadway that becomes congested when vehicles are lined on either side, creating a hazardous driving environment. 

    Avoid left turns into the main entrance

    Making a left turn into the main entrance of the school is highly discouraged. Due to the large number of cars making right turns into the main entrance, it makes left turns difficult and dangerous. Please utilize the eastern entrance, closer to Hance Road, to make a left turn into the parking lot. This entrance is much easier for left turns as there is very little traffic flowing in the opposite lane allowing for a faster and safer turn. 

    Thank you for your cooperation and support. Please be careful, especially as we head into the fall and driving conditions become more challenging.

    Sincerely,


    Louis Moore                             Paul Halpin                                          Jack Massaro
    Superintendent                          Chief of Police, Little Silver               School Resource Officer

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