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It is Essential to have the Ridgewood School Budget Vote

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Steve Kim on the Facebook page It Takes a Ridgewood Village, “These are the details of a long-dated Ridgewood BOE Bond: 2035 maturity/2027 call

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Parent Referendum Presentations Go Forward but Ridgewood BOE Says, “it’s Not Finalized”

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Facebook page  Unofficial: Ridgewood NJ Updates’s, ” Our board of education CLAIMS that they have not yet “finalized” the list of projects for referendum and that will be done in March 2020.

If the list is not finalized, then why are they spending THOUSANDS of dollars this month for presentations to parents in schools, and if LAN associate’s stated timeline of 10 months was true, then in payments to LAN associates for final sketches?

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TODAY: Coffee and Conversation with the Board of Education members and Dr. Daniel Fishbein

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Ridgewood NJ, Coffee and Conversation with the Board of Education members and Dr. Daniel Fishbein

Thursday, October 10th, 9-10:30 a.m.
The Education Center
49 Cottage Place

The coffee will be brewing! Please stop by for a cup and a chat! Bring your questions, comments, concerns and suggestions.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Meeting Tonight!

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education will hold its next Regular Public Meeting on Monday, October 7, 2019. The Board meets at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3 at 7 p.m. (Executive Session), followed by the public meeting 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 claims the Ridgewood BOE members enjoy the “power trip”

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” The psyche of most volunteer school boards is often very flawed, it’s the exception not the rule that you have a board that is not more concerned with their own power and influence than the mission of the board. The Ridgewood BOE is no different, the majority is driven by ego, and to vote on a new interim member [Dani] who is void of ‘ego’, and is focused on the ‘mission’, would directly affect their ability to wield power and influence, so it’s logical that they would not want Dani on “their” board. It’s unfortunate, but common, that board members come to enjoy the “power trip”. They generally start-off well meaning, and then veer of into this unfortunate course, where what is important is no longer the mission and the children, but what they mistakenly perceive as ‘power’. This makes it of crucial importance that come April, the majority makes their voice heard, and loudly, in a decisive fashion. The consequences of letting the Ridgewood BOE continue to run in this unchecked fashion can negatively affect the Ridgewood community for many years. “

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Coffee and Conversation with the Ridgewood Board of Education

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Ridgewood NJ, Coffee and Conversation with the Board of Education members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Daniel Fishbein.

Thursday, October 10
9-10:30 a.m.
The Education Center
49 Cottage Place

The coffee will be brewing! Please stop by for a cup and a chat!
Bring your questions, comments, concerns and suggestions.

We want to know you better.

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Reader claims Ridgewood BOE direction will change in April as the Majority rules

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“Someone wrote: “I’m sure Mr. Dani woke up this morning to the realization that his embarrassing failure was directly attributable to the very people that thought bullying people on social media into silence was his path to success. All reasonable people looked at the unhinged behavior of the people he aligned himself with and said we have serious work to do here. No wonder they went in a different direction.”

This is such flawed reasoning that it is laughable. Only four people voted for the candidate last night. Hundreds of people spoke and wrote in support of Mr. Dani. His path to success, as you anonymously mis-state, is that he is greatly admired by so many people. The four pitiful idiots on the board, who are not clear thinkers, are threatened by a smart and sensible person like Mr. Dani, which is why they did not vote for him. They went in the same tired direction they always go.

That direction will change in April. Majority rules. Those four are nothing.”

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Reader warns,” WAKE UP RIDGEWOOD! THE MULTI MILLION DOLLAR REFERENDUM IS COMING! “

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“In the next six months the Board majority needs to deliver on their promise (to special interest groups); commit to multi million dollar projects and move the election back to November so residents won’t be allowed to vote or change the school budget.

None of what they are planing will directly impact the children’s programs, education or stop the decline in school ranking. Residents pockets will be tuned inside out and we will all be financially crippled by debt.

The Board President and Vice President have lowered their taxes bracing for the hike. WAKE UP RIDGEWOOD! THE MULTI MILLION DOLLAR REFERENDUM IS COMING!

They appointed Muhammad banking on the fact that he’s only lived here a few seconds, is not registered to vote and doesn’t know enough to stop or expose their plan. “

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ELECTION OF NEW RIDGEWOOD BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER

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Ridgewood NJ, Following the nominations of Saurabh Dani, Muhammad Mahmoud and Mary Micale by various Board members, Muhammad Mahmoud was elected to fill the Board vacancy. 

Here’s a cropped video of Mr. Mahmoud’s public candidate interview by BOE members. The interview took place at the BOE’s public meeting held on 09/09/2019.

https://ytcropper.com/cropped/ix5d8a273120224

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Ridgewood Appoints New Absentee Board Member

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education made its decision on Monday night to fill out the term of the board seat vacated on July 30th 2019 with the term expiring on April 21,2020 .

While over 400 people showed support Saurabh Dani the administrator of the “It takes a Ridgewood Village ” Facebook page , the board opted for a lesser know quantity Muhammad Mahmoud .

Even long time BOE watchers we caught off guard .

With so many well qualified candidates, Sheila Brogan called the group “stellar”, the board appears to have focused on broadening representation ,finding someone who will not make waves and tow the party line .

Brogan said Mahmoud offered a new perspective and had children in the district.

In a twist of irony Mr. Mohmoud did not attend the meeting last night and does not vote in the district.