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Reader says ,”the $110 million BOE budget implies $73,333 in budget per student per year”

Ridgewood Police at RHS

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” Ridgewood parents and taxpayers deserve world class administrators who can provide inspirational leadership for those 500 staff, 1,500 students and ten buildings. Think about this as well: the $110 million BOE budget implies $73,333 in budget per student per year. And yet how little of that actually goes towards educating our children for the challenges they will face as they go out and take on the world? You REA thugs have perverted what was once a “Tradition of Excellence.” You seem to think your mere presence means excellence, when in fact it takes creative, inspirational leadership and hard work.”

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Reader says , “multiple board members need to go”

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“Agreed, vote no. Fishbein, Gorman and multiple board members need to go. They can’t get jobs in other districts. And along with Brogan and Loncto, they’ve overseen the demise of our once great schools. Their current “product” includes a mere four national merit scholars and only 2.4% of graduates in the Ivy League. It’s not a “Tradition of Excellence.” More like a “Legacy of Incompetence.” But until the mommies stop buying the lie their realtor friends keep telling them, nothing will change. Unless we are willing to admit we don’t have great schools anymore, the $110 million hype fest will continue.”

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Ridgewood Board Of Education Swears In Christopher Kaufman

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education swore in Christopher Kaufman as its newest member to a three year term and the board of education also elected their president and vice president today. Jennie Smith Wilson was elected president and James A Morgan was elected board vice president .

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Ridgewood Schools Audit Reports 2009-2017

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Ridgewood School Board Legislation and Advocacy

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Legislation and Advocacy

Contact information for legislators; Board testimony on pending legislation, resolutions approved by the Board in support/opposition of pending bills, and letters sent from Dr. Fishbein to legislators.

Board Resolutions in Support/Opposition to Legislation

Resolution Advocating Gun Control

Resolution for Improvement of PERS Pension Budgeting Information

Resolution for Regulatory Relief for America’s Schools

Resolution in Opposition to Moving the Annual School Election to November

Resolution in Opposition to Senate Bill 1872 and Assembly Bill 2810 “Opportunity Scholarship Act”

Resolution in Support of A1695

Resolution in Support of A3399/S2330 – The Option to Waive a Pupil’s Right to Transportation

Resolution in Support of National Principal’s Month

Resolution in support of Pension and Health Benefits Reform

Resolution in Support of the Allamuchy School District

Resolution in Support of the Restoration of 2009-2010 State School Aid Cuts

Resolution Opposing S1191/A3627 (Undermining a School Board’s Ability to Subcontract Services)

Resolution Opposing S2163 and A3696 (Requiring Binding Arbitration over Disciplinary Matters Involving Non-Teaching Staff)

Resolution Opposing Senate Bill S1459, Establishment of a County-Wide Purchasing System

Resolution Opposing the Proposed FY 2014 SDA Assessments

Resolution Opposing the Superintendent Salary Cap

Resolution Requesting Full Compensation for New State Staff and Administrator Evaluation Mandates

Resolution Seeking Amendment to Senate Bill 2925/Assembly Bill 4132 To Retain Local School Board and Superintendent Authority over Personnel Decisions

Resolution Seeking Amendment to TeachNJ – S1455 to Retain Board of Education and Superintendent Authority over Personnel Decisions

Resolution Supporting Paramus Public Schools

Resolution to Delay Use of the NJASK and PARCC Testing Data to Evaluate Teachers

Resolution to Support New Jersey Schools on the Enrollment of Resident Children

Superintendent’s Correspondence to/from Legislators

Correspondence from Assemblyman Rumana Regarding S1882

Correspondence from Assemblywoman Huttle Regarding the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights”

Correspondence to Assemblyman Burzichelli Regarding A1489,A4140, A4142 Regarding Prevailing Wage Legislation

Correspondence to Assemblyman Cryan and Assemblywoman Quijano Regarding A4058-School Shelter Grant Program

Correspondence to Assemblyman McKeon Regarding A3883-Establishment of Temperature Control Guidelines and Standards for School Facilities

Correspondence to Assemblymen Russo and Rumana, Senator O’Toole, and Governor Christie and Response from Assemblyman Rumana Regarding Resolution Supporting Paramus Public Schools

Correspondence to Senator Buono Regarding S3129-Evaluation Standards for Teacher Performance

Correspondence to Senator O’Toole and Assemblymen Rumana and Russo Regarding A3523 – Use of Interim Administrators

Correspondence to Senator O’Toole and Assemblymen Russo and Rumana Regarding S1872/A2810 Tax Credit/Voucher “Opportunity Scholarship Act” Bill

Correspondence to Senator Ruiz Regarding TEACHNJ

History of School Funding:

How To Contact Ridgewood District 40 Legislators

Opinion: Unfunded Mandates Weaken Anti-bullying Efforts

Proposed Amendments to Contracts of District Superintendents

Testimony Before the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee Re: FY 2015 State Budget

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2018-2019 Ridgewood Board of Education Goals

  1. Complete negotiations on the REA and RAA contracts.
  2. Identify the capital projects to be included in a Bond Referendum and design a communications plan.
  3. Schedule a Board presentation on the 2nd year implementation of the full day kindergarten program.
  4. Monitor progress made to address the Special Education Department study recommendations with reports to the Board in January and June of 2019.
  5. Plan and facilitate a community meeting with representation from a wide range of stakeholder groups to develop our next 3-year Strategic Plan (2019 – 2022).
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Ridgewood Board of Education Reorganization/Public Meeting

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education Public Meeting   will be tonight January 7, 2019 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place .

At all regular meetings, two opportunities are provided for citizens to make comments. The public comment periods will be scheduled after presentations. or just prior to the end of the meeting, whichever occurs first. The first opportunity may be limited by the presiding officer . in order for the Board to continue with its scheduled agenda. The second opportunity will occur at the discretion of the presiding officer taking into consideration a break point in the agenda.

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The 2019-2020 Ridgewood Public Schools budget vote Tuesday, April 16,2019

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Ridgewood NJ, The 2019-2020 Ridgewood Public Schools budget will be voted on by registered voters in the Annual School Election on Tuesday, April 16.

The following links go directly to pages on the Bergen County website.

How to:

Register to vote
The registration deadline is 21 days before an election. The deadline for registering to vote in the Annual School Election (April 16) is Tuesday, March 26.

Vote by mail
A registered voter may apply for a Mail-in Ballot by mail up to seven days prior to the election, or apply in person until 3 p.m. on the day before the election. Mail-in Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received no later than 48 hours after polls close, or returned in person before the close of polls on Election Day. The deadline to apply by mail for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for the Annual School Election (April 16) is Tuesday, April 9. The deadline to apply in person at the County Clerk’s Office for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for the Annual School Election is Monday, April 15 at 3 p.m.

FAQs on voting
Answers to general questions on registering to vote and voting

Please note: The office of the Bergen County Superintendent of Elections is the primary source for full information on voting and elections. Please consult the Bergen County website for more information at

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Reader says , “Time to Clean House at the BOE”

Watched the public comments on TV. It was a love fest for Loncto. Ok. So the guy served 7 years. He deserves some praise. But oh man, the level of drama about his being VOTED OUT OF OFFICE was sickening. And when you consider the people who were waxing nostalgic about him, well, enough said. SO glad Cris Kaufmann is in office as of January 1. And in the next go round we will have two more new faces. Time to CLEAN HOUSE folks.

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Vote Ridgewood NJ

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold a Regular Public Meeting on Monday, November 19th 7:30 to 10pm .The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Ed Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3. The meeting will be aired live on FiOS channel 33 and Optimum channel 77. Or it may be viewed live via the district website at using the “Link in Live” tab.

Budget Election Resolution : The resolution approved by the Board at their September 17, 2018 Regular Public Meeting regarding the school budget election.