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Schools Development Authority Facing Continued Investigations

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Trenton NJ, Not since the Jim Mc Greevey era has corruption been so bad  , that the state’s Attorney General and State Commission of Investigation, “a legislative agency focused on taxpayer waste, public corruption and organized crime” have separately launched investigations into corruption at  Governor Phil Murphy’s Schools Development Authority. But the question remains , “Will we get an honest accounting or a political cover-up? “

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2018-2019 Ridgewood Teacher Recognition Winners

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Ridgewood NJ, The Board of Education announces the following winners for the 2018-2019 Teacher Recognition Program:
Educational Services Professional    Karen Coates
Hawes School    Joseph Staunton
Orchard School    Maria Sullivan
Ridge School    Jill Marmo
Somerville School    Kathryn Droske
Travell School    Dawn Fleming
Willard School    Wesley Halter
Benjamin Franklin Middle School    Lisa Sutera
George Washington Middle School    Vanessa Kabash
Ridgewood High School    Charles Appel

The Ridgewood Teacher Recognition Award Reception will be held at the Education Center on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. for the award recipients, their families, school parents, teachers, and friends.  Each of the award recipients will receive a stipend of $500 ($250 awarded by the individual Home and School Association and $250 by the Board) for use in their classrooms next year. 

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Enormous $111 Million Ridgewood School Budget Will Result in $174 Tax Increase Per Home

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education has approved an enormous $111.6 million budget on Monday.

The average village home is assessed at $702,225 would see an increase of $173.96 om their property taxes .

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RHS PUSH FOR LATER SCHOOL START TIME

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Ridgewood NJ, RHS Principal Tom Gorman, Assistant Principal for Guidance Jeff Nyhuis and Supervisor of Athletics Keith Cook presented research on later start times for students. Their overview included information from the NJ Department of Education and The American Academy of Pediatrics that suggests students need nine hours of sleep each night. The many positive benefits of extra sleep are counterbalanced by obstacles of busing, athletic schedules and child care. RHS will be conducting more research via a survey of students and parents / guardians, and also is exploring other means of improving quality sleep such as encouraging limits on social media and screen time. Improvements at RHS already in place include enrichment mornings for staff that occur several times per year and allow students to sleep in; a built-in free period that gives 825 students a sleep-in once per week; and stress management exercises taught in wellness classes. The slide portion of the presentation may be viewed here.

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BREAKING NEWS : Judge rules that board of education members terms may not be shortened

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Ridgewood NJ, Today February 15, 2019 in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County Law Division, The Honorable Robert C. Wilson, J.S.C, issued the following opinion in the Verified Complaint filed on January 18, 2019, by the Office of the Superintendent of Ridgewood Public Schools seeking clarification of Ridgewood Board of Education Member election dates:Judge Wilson ruled that the terms of a board of education member cannot be shortened.

Therefore, there will only be a budget election during April 2019 and not an election for seats on the Ridgewood Board of Education.
Based on this opinion, elections for seats on the Ridgewood Board of Education will be scheduled as follows:
The next board of education election will be in April 2020.
Those interested in running for a seat on the Ridgewood Board of Education in April 2020 and beyond are encouraged to check out candidate information available on the Ridgewood Public School website.

Contact The BoardContact the Board

Ms. Jennie Smith Wilson, Board President
[email protected]

Mr. James Morgan, Vice President
[email protected]

Ms. Sheila Brogan
[email protected] 

Mr. Cristopher Kaufman
ckaufman@ridgewood.k12.nj.us

Ms. Christina Krauss
[email protected]

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The Ridgewood BOE was For it before they Were Against it

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Ridgewood NJ, Recently, there has been much dialogue on the Board of Education . We find it totally ridiculous that there are some members of the community that feel no need to exercise their right to vote on a $111,000,000 school budget . There is no larger issue facing the future of the Village of Ridgewood then the magnitude of the Ridgewood School budget .They feel instead its best to leave up to bureaucrats who have done virtually everything in their powers to keep the public in the dark as to school spending and issues.

In reading comments, we believe some residents are dangerously misinformed and are missing the history behind the matter. The BOE was UNANIMOUSLY in favor of an April election. They fought AGAINST a November election and requested Council and community support. However, Gov. Christie caused a change which mandated a Nov. election and budget cap (no budget vote) until May 2018. Once that order lifted, many districts started the process of returning to an April election, including Ridgewood. Interesting, the same BOE inexplicably did a 180, and are against all they once fought for. Well informed residents are holding these elected officials accountable.

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Reader says , ” The prime piece of evidence is the simple fact that top quality Universities and Colleges simply aren’t taking our students”

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“As I said previously, we needn’t look at a single score concerning Ridgewood. The prime piece of evidence is the simple fact that top quality Universities and Colleges simply aren’t taking our students. It is always a possibility that our students want to take the low road as the high road represents too much studying and they prefer to have major party time. It is also true that many families have a child to satisfy the grandparents or to reproduce themselves and once done go immediately back to focusing on the job. The “It’s not MY child” or “MY child couldn’t have done what you say.” And then they don’t show up for teacher or Principal meetings because “they don’t have time”. As a result, many of our children prefer to take it easy and do whatever they want. We still have a larger number who are hard workers and good students so the world hasn’t completely lost any hope of surviving.”

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Reader says ,we need to admit we have a problem

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Hear, hear Ridgewood parent! We need to stand up to these bullies in the REA and our BOE and claim back our schools. Fishbein, Gorman, and a number of the Trustees need to go. It starts at the top and until we admit our schools are no longer what they once were, we cannot begin to address the multitude of problems.

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Reader says , “This has been the standard operating model of Dr Fishbein and BOE. They bring in an expert for presentation, and post presentation declare everything is good”

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“I supported and campaigned for Kaufman and I think we need to give him some time. He was trapped by the working method of BOE. This has been the standard operating model of Dr Fishbein and BOE. They bring in an expert for presentation, and post presentation declare everything is good.
They did exactly that on Monday. They went into a closed session – without a published agenda, breaking OPMA rules, they threatened all board members that the sky will fall if they voted to withdraw the motion, and then came out at public meeting and repeated their scripted presentation. This is their response for EVERY question raised to them. Presentation and then declare themselves GOOD/Winners.
Kaufman did not get enough time to process that information and to respond/put the motion. The BOE really need to adopt same format as the council. They need to discuss difficult topics at woerk session and then vote at the next meeting, so board members get enough time to think through those topics.
You can’t expect Kaufman to become fighters like Knudsen and Sedon on day 1. It probably took them some time too to understand the tricks being played by the majority.”

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Ridgewood HSA Board Member Defends BOE Actions

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Ridgewood NJ, Stacey Ingraham Loscalzo is the most recent defender of the Board.

But nowhere in her many defensive Facebook posts does Ms. Loscalzo reveal that she is a member of the Executive Board of the Ridgewood High School Home and School Association, nor does she mention that she is a Facebook friend of BOE President, Jennie Smith Wilson and Sue Morgan (BOE Vice President Jim Morgan’s spouse) and Sally Morgan (BOE Vice President Jim Morgan’s daughter and business partner).

” I am writing so that the members who read here but do not participate can know that there are people who disagree with the prevailing views on this page.

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