RBR Referendum December 11, 2018
Ensuring Excellence
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Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the December 11 referendum to maintain and strengthen educational excellence at Red Bank Regional. This site will provide details about the project and how it will benefit our students and community. The priority of this project is to enhance and safeguard the extraordinary programs that make RBR exceptional.


The referendum’s two questions are designed to target five vital areas

Question #1

Meet Growing Enrollment Needs: Current enrollment already exceeds building capacity and a recent demographic study predicts further significant increases. To put it simply, RBR is starting to burst at the seams.

Ensure continuation of tuition revenue: Dwindling classroom space will further reduce our ability to accept tuition paying out-of-district students, a large source of revenue for our district. RBR taxpayers are now paying over $1.2 million more per year than we were just 4 years ago due to lost tuition revenue.

Improve our facilities for academic programs: Our remarkable students, staff, and programs are housed in a facility that is nearly 50 years old. No major change in the footprint has occurred since the building was opened in 1975. Modern learning spaces will inspire students and support programs aligned with 21st century needs.

Necessary Maintenance of Physical Plant: The roof is approaching the end of its service life. Its replacement is approximately $6.1 million. A project this large cannot be paid for within the regular budget.

Question #2

Addresses items identified in the strategic plan developed by our community and adopted in 2016. Included are the installation of an artificial turf field and a new concession stand with restrooms.

Referendum Costs

What is the referendum asking for and what will it cost?

Question #1 will include replacement of the roof, renovation of existing academic spaces (including the Media Center), and the addition of 10 new classrooms. This question qualifies for significant state debt service aid.

Area of Work Gross Cost Anticipated State Aid Net to Taxpayers
Replace roof $6.1M $2.1M $4.0M
Renovate existing areas $6.8M $2.2M $4.6M
Addition of 10 new classrooms $7.1M $0 $7.1M
Ques. #1 Total $19.9M $4.2M $15.7M

Question #2 can only pass if Question #1 passes first. It addresses items that were specifically asked for in the community-driven strategic plan.

Area of Work Gross Cost Anticipated State Aid Net to Taxpayers
Turf Field $1.6M $0 $1.6M
Concessions Stand & Rest Rooms $730k $0 $730k
Ques. #2 Total $2.3M $0 $2.3M

Tax Impact

What will the referendum cost taxpayers?

Every homeowner will have a different cost depending on the town and the home’s assessed value. Also, because we are timing this with the expiration of old debt in 2022, the amount will decrease after a few years.

Anticipated personal cost per year for each $100,000 of assessed home value through fiscal year 2023:

Town Question #1 Question#2 Question#1 and #2
Little Silver $19 $4 $23
Red Bank $19 $4 $23
Shrewsbury $21 $5 $26

For each $100,000 of assessed home value after fiscal year 2023

Town Question #1 Question#2 Question#1 and #2
Little Silver $10 $4 $15
Red Bank $11 $4 $15
Shrewsbury $12 $5 $16

What's at Stake

What will happen if the referendum fails?

RBR is a unique school in many ways, including its tuition revenue program. Since 1984 RBR has accepted out-of-district students who pay tuition either by their sending school districts or their parents. The tuition revenue we receive has covered the cost to educate these students as well the cost of all of our award-winning academy programs, all of our athletic programs, and all of our extra-curricular activities and more. Due to increased enrollment from the core districts we have reduced the number of tuition students, which has increased the burden placed on district taxpayers. As previously stated, our taxpayers are now paying over $1.2M more per year than we were just 4 years ago due to lost tuition revenue.

If the referendum fails, RBR will still need a new roof, will still need additional classroom space, and will not have a mechanism to fund the needed work. If the referendum fails, we may be faced with a difficult situation where our taxes will most likely increase, and we may still have to cut programs.

Additional Information

Where can you get more information?

You can email any questions specifically related to the referendum to rbr-referendum@rbrhs.org.  You can also request that someone from the BOE attend any local organization meetings, presentations, or other gatherings. To make a request, use the email above. Our plan is to accommodate as many groups as we possibly can.

As always, you can contact your locally elected Board members to ask questions about any RBR issue.  The RBR Board of Education public meetings are always posted on the www.rbrhs.org website.

The referendum for RBR will be presented to the public at a Board of Education meeting this coming fall. Please check back to this website for periodic updates.  To learn more about the voting process, please click on this link.

About RBR

Red Bank Regional is an exceptional school district with a rich curriculum and diverse offerings. Many students graduate with multiple college credits earned in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Dual Credit courses. Our graduates attend some of the most selective universities and colleges in the country. Outside of the classroom, RBR students excel in 26 different sports and almost 40 diverse clubs and extra-curricular activities. RBR has been recognized for its excellence by several publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post and New Jersey Monthly Magazine.

RBR’s award winning academy programs in the Visual & Performing Arts, Information Technology, Engineering, and Early Childhood Education provide a range of courses for our students, and also enable the district to enroll tuition students from all over Monmouth County. This tuition program both reduces the cost of education to our taxpayers and makes RBR’s unique and diverse offerings possible. Please visit our website at www.rbrhs.org to learn more about our high school.