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Ridgewood Board of Education Updates Full day Kindergarten Implementation

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Ridgewood NJ, at the Ridgewood Board of Education meeting the BOE presented what amounted to nothing more than an over priced baby sitting service. This should be interesting when all the new high density housing floods the schools with new students.

UPDATE ON SECOND YEAR OF IMPLEMENTATION OF FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN
Supervisor of Elementary Education Jean Anne O’Neill and the elementary school principals provided an update on the full-day Kindergarten program, covering the topics of multi-sensory reading, social-emotional learning, purposeful play, learning centers for math and language arts, and lunch and recess. The gift of time through the extension of the day allows the teachers to develop the talents and interests of the Kindergarten students. 

  • The slide portion of the presentation may be viewed here.
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Class-action Lawsuits have just been Launched against the main supplier of Synthetic Turf Fields in the Suburbs of New Jersey

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Ridgewood NJ, There is a closely related story in the community that requires investigation and exposure.

Area schools, towns and public agencies have spent millions of dollars installing synthetic turf  fields in recent years.  A number of important class-action lawsuits have just been launched against the main supplier of synthetic turf fields in the suburbs of New Jersey.

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Reader says the BOE is running its own agenda over the majority will

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” Through various ways a select group of people took the BOE and Admin in their iron grip, running their own agenda over majority wish, the Budget vote has taken that privilege away and that’s why this frustration, One Vote’s target is taking away the Budget vote and additionally influencing the local politics of Ridgewood with the muddy national one. “

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New Ridgewood Group Set Up to Take Your Right to Vote Away

Dear Ridgewood Community

Posted byswinogradApril 24, 2019

Last Tuesday, April 16, 2019, only fourteen percent of Ridgewood’s eligible voters participated in an off-cycle election (defined as any election not held in November) on the Ridgewood Public School budget for the 2019-2020 school year. This election cost Ridgewood taxpayers $50,000.

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Reader says ,”School Decline due to a shift in focus from academic “excellence” to social engineering”

Ridgewood schools are in decline… compared to ALL schools in NJ (and nationally).
You can cherry pick schools for comparison, but it DOES NOT change the fact that Ridgewood schools are not as esteemed as they were in the past. It is disgraceful given the amount of time, money and support (parental and otherwise) that they get. This is laregly due to a shift in focus from academic “excellence” to social engineering.
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Sad, but an unavoidable truth.

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Reader Takes a Long term View of Ridgewood Schools

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“If you are a newish resident (anytime in the last 20 years) you would probably only notice a small decline in comparison with the forward motion of schools who used to be behind us and are now in front–often by many points. If you’ve lived here longer you will have noticed a fairly large increase of staff in the education supervisors. A department that either did not exist or only had at most one or two employees now has increased to an assistant to every assistant who works for a supervisor.

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Reader gives Performance Rundown for Ridgewood Schools

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Ridgewood Schools are great and performance is not declining in comparison to Tenefly and Summit and other schools. I really wish this person would stop with the fake news. By nthe way, all these school districts are great and all our taxes are high. Ridgewood is not some kind of outlier and we are not declining. Be upset about high taxes but stop with the BS that we are somehow worse than we are. The problem is with the STATE of NJ, and NY and CT and Mass, and the entire northeast.
Tenefly=20,920 per student Ridgewood= 20,481 Summit=20,529 Princeton= 25,194 Glen Rock= 21,009
Tenefly:
2016-17 Total Spending: $77,250,029
2016-17 Costs Amount per Pupil: $20,920
Ridgewood:
2016-17 Total Spending: $117,443,609
2016-17 Costs Amount per Pupil: $20,481
Summit:
2016-17 Total Spending: $84,530,788
2016-17 Costs Amount per Pupil: $20,529
Princeton:
2016-17 Total Spending: $94,715,589
2016-17 Costs Amount per Pupil: $25,194
Glen Rock:
2016-17 Total Spending: $52,944,004
2016-17 Costs Amount per Pupil: $21,099

cost per student by STATE: NY is highest followed by Washington DC, Connecticut and then NJ
https://www.governing.com/gov-data/education-data/state-education-spending-per-pupil-data.html

in NJ the forth highest in the country we are not unusual yet we are one of the best school districts
https://www.state.nj.us/education/guide/

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New Jersey Attorney General’s Office to investigate the hiring practices and allegations of employee file tampering at the state’s Schools Development Authority

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Parsippany NJ, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce is applauding the reported action by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office to investigate the hiring practices and recent allegations of employee file tampering at the state’s Schools Development Authority.

DeCroce was among a group of legislators last week demanding an investigation of the authority following numerous reports of mismanagement of the agency under the chief executive Lizette Delgado-Polanco, who has allegedly turned the SDA into a patronage pit by hiring political allies and dismissing experienced staff members. Besides working as the CEO of the schools authority, at a salary of $225,000, Delgado-Polanco also serves in a leadership capacity at the Democratic State Committee.

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Reader says , “It’s imperative to always question how $ is spent, otherwise it will be spent with less care than warranted”

” Ridgewood school district is great, but recent increases in Budget driven by employee medical benefits and special ed. Meanwhile school rankings are dropping compared to competitors.
I know very little about educating kids except that it’s an extremely tough job. However I do know quite a bit about budgeting. It’s imperative to always question how $ is spent, otherwise it will be spent with less care than warranted. Voting no therefore makes sense in this case, as the board did not address concernes posed above.
Many parents defend the educators by questioning the no vote, but this is not a educators vs parents story. Rather it’s an action point for BoE to regain public trust by acknowledging raised issues and proposing solutions. I doubt there’s a resident who wishes bad upon our great educators, so let’s not confuse the issues. “

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Ridgewood Board of Education Sends Errant Voter Times on Sample Ballot

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education puts the wrong voter times (2-8 pm)on the sample ballot for the April 16th $111 million budget vote (More like 6am to 8pm).

Sources say the BOE claims it was just a ,”wink wink” miss print ?

The vote on the 2019-2020 $111 million school budget is Tuesday, April 16, during Spring Recess for the Ridgewood Public Schools.