Ridgewood NJ, New legislation from Trenton sponsored by Rep. Louis Greenwald [D]would clarify the length of Terms for Schools Trustees when the annual school board election is moved from November to April to give taxpayers a chance to vote on School budgets .
Ridgewood NJ, In July 2018, the Ridgewood Village Council adopted a resolution moving the annual school board elections from November to April. On April 16, 2019 Ridgewood voters will have the opportunity to vote on the annual school budget. The Board of Education is seeking clarification on the effect this change has on board member terms.
Board members are elected for three-year terms. Currently, all sitting board members were elected in November elections, those terms expire on the 31st of December of the third year of their term. With the change to April elections it unclear when current board member terms expire.
The Superintendent of Ridgewood Public Schools, on behalf of the Ridgewood Board of Education has filed a Verified Complaint against the County of Bergen and the New Jersey Commissioner of Education seeking clarification of the terms of all sitting board members. The Superintendent has filed the complaint because there are two differing points of view on board member terms. The opinion by the courts is that the term of a member of the Board of Education cannot be shortened. A response from a Bergen County official opined that those terms can be shortened. Our goal in filing this complaint with the court is to have a response that will allow us to proceed according to law.
It is expected that a decision will be made well in advance of the February 25, 2019 filing deadline for the April 2019 elections.
Any questions regarding this action should be addressed to the Superintendent and Board of Education at 201-670-2700 x10530.
Ridgewood NJ, it appears the Ridgewood Board of Education trustees love to cling to their power , not wanting to face election in April and looking to extend their term they have launched a Ridgewood taxpayer financed lawsuit against the Bergen County and the New Jersey Commissioner of Education .
Board of Education Public Meeting January 28 2019 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM Location Education Center, 49 Cottage Place
Ridgewood NJ, according to Ridgewood resident Saurabh Dani , “The board members said today at the open public meeting, in their presentation, that next board election will be in April 2020, BY LAW. They did not quote which law when trying to extend their term by 6 months from Nov 19 to April 20.Well, here is the law (they are ignoring the induction schedule requirements):
If a district moves from a November election back to an April election, then pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:60-1.1 (b)(2) the election of board members goes back to April, therefore the current school board members would have a shorter term in the year of change due to the induction schedule of the members elected at the April election.