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Reader Supports a “NO CONFIDENCE “VOTE Against the Ridgewood Board of Education

I keep hoping people will stop swallowing — and repeating — the propaganda being fed them about “tradition of excellence”. It is easier and more comfortable to believe that, but they are being shortchanged. We can and should do better! The large and small examples of dysfunction that disprove the propaganda are out in the open. I support the “no-confidence” vote proposal you are putting forward, and I am a Ridgewood mom with kids in the system!

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Time for a “NO ” Vote on the Ridgewood School Budget

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Ridgewood NJ, after filing a lawsuit that offered no tangible benefit to Ridgewood taxpayers or school children . The Judge ruled that the terms of a board of education member cannot be shortened, thereby extending the term of some increasingly unpopular Board of Education members .

Since the Village is currently stuck with these “trustees” for a longer duration , the next best thing would be to vote “NO” on the school budget as a “NO CONFIDENCE” vote against current board members.

If past precedence is any indication there is limited risk to the school system . Time for residents to put their “Resistance” to a better more productive use and none better than improving a child’s education . Resist the BOE and just say NO to the gigantic $111,000,000 budget.

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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Prospective Ridgewood Board of Education Candidate Information

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood residents interested in becoming a candidate for the Board of Education should review the School Board Candidate Kit published by the New Jersey School Boards Association, available through this link.

Candidate petitions are available at the office of the Board Secretary, 49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Completed petitions must be submitted to the Board Secretary. The deadline for candidates to submit their nominating petitions is Monday, February 25th at 4:00 p.m. 

Additional resources from NJSBA :

Running for School Board? Click here for ten things you should know. 

Serving on the Board of Education Information

Click here for Fundamentals of School Board Membership.

Click here for 13 Things School Board Members Wish People Knew About Them.

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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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Ridgewood School Board Reviews 2019-2020 Proposed Preliminary Budget of $111 Million

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Ridgewood NJ, Dr. Fishbein reviewed the schedule for the state aid numbers from Trenton, which will follow the governor’s budget address on March 5. Accordingly, the March 4 Board meeting will be moved to March 11, with an additional meeting on March 8 at 5 p.m. if needed.

Business Administrator Antoinette Kelly reviewed the basics of budgeting and the big-picture areas of the RPS budget (Special Programs, healthcare costs, staffing, security/technology, capital projects, revenue, appropriations). The slide portion of the presentation, which is posted on the district website, may be viewed here

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BOE Ducks Motions to Withdraw “Term” Lawsuit

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Ridgewood NJ, reader says, “Chris Kaufman made a motion to withdraw the lawsuit. No one seconded his motion so there could not be a vote. I am so proud that I voted for this man.”

Cristopher Kaufman at the last Board of Ed meeting said : “I accept the consequences of [having the election in April 2019, thereby shortening the terms of existing members to 2.5 years] will have on my own term, but I feel it’s in the best interest of the Community that we have the Board of Education election with the budget vote this April.” Putting the Community first .

Disgraceful that the BOE Board members still do not want to take responsibility for the term extension law suit ?

Residents continue to question Board actions and get no response.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Meeting Tonight

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Board of Education Meets 
Monday, February 11, 2019
49 Cottage Place
7:30 p.m.
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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold its next Regular Public Meeting on Monday,February 11, 2019. The Board meets at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3 at 7:30 p.m. 

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, or to watch from home on Fios channel 33 or Optimum channel 77. Meetings are also streamed via the “BOE Webcast” tab on the district website at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us.

Meeting webcasts are immediately available on the district website.
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Reader says , “Our Superintendent leaves a lot to be desired”

Our Superintendent leaves a lot to be desired. He continually posts “feel good” missives and cannot see the problems right in front of his face. I thought he was “voluntarily” remaining until his last child was out of school. I guess he decided not to give up his “cozy cushion” and look for a job that would pay better and also give him the right to destroy another school system. I don’t know how much more time he has on his contact but it is sure to be renewed by his Lackies. To file a law suit to try to keep the people he knows love him in office so he doesn’t have to possibly have people who don’t bow before him in office instead is pure hubris. The apparent illegality of this action–or merely the fact that it defies the law–seems to escape the notice of our town lawyer.

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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.”