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Reader says , “we want to ensure the best for our kids”

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“It’s a complicated topic. What makes kids great? Their SATs? Overall IQ? Their attitude towards overcoming adversity? Industriousness? Ethical grounding? A tough one.

Second complication is, what drives how well they do in all these criteria? How do you effectively quantify contribution from individual teachers, overall school program quality, parents, and just plain genetics?

To do this analysis scientifically is too much for any parent. Even a Ridgewood parent!

From a practical stand point, we want to ensure the best for our kids. And the way to do it is, keep pressure on teachers and BOE to keep delivering better results, spend extra on tutors, sports, etc as a parent… and keep property prices high to keep only dedicated (to education) families moving in to the village.”

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A Message from the Ridgewood Superintendent of Schools

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“Summer is quickly coming to an end and the opening day of school, September 3, is nearly here.  We have all been working hard to ensure that our buildings and programs are ready for the first day of school.

Most importantly, on the instructional front our teachers and administrators have been busy writing new curriculum and improving existing curriculum at all grade levels. We have revised K-5 level curricula in English Language Arts, Social Studies and Health. At the Middle School level, we have revised our 6-8 Math, and Band and Orchestra programs. Finally, at Ridgewood High School we have revised 22 courses in the areas of Business, World Languages, Math, Fine and Applied Arts, and Wellness. We also have our new staff in place and are providing them with a four-day orientation so they are ready to go when students arrive.

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Reader says the BOE got up night after night and assured us all that we were wrong about increased school enrollment

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“Don’t forget Rurik, Jim and company (BOE) who got up night after night and assured us all that we were wrong – – we were volantis – – we were naysayers – – and that he and his wife and other seniors like him would move into these slums and life would be beautiful for us all.

And don’t forget the developers in town who are building these monstrosities and laughing all the way to bank over the ineptitude of the Village.

And don’t forget, while the betrayal started with Arohnson and the Puke, the betrayal continued with the current council when it sold out the Villagers who had used their own resoucres to file a lawsuit and stop these monstrosities, after having run on a platform of saying they would contain these slums from being built.”

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Ridgewood School Board Vacancy Information

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Notice of Vacancy on the Board of Education

What: The Ridgewood Board of Education is seeking qualified applicants to fill a seat that will be vacant as of July 30, 2019. The term will run from appointment this September to the April 21, 2020 Annual School Election.

How: Interested residents may pick up an application at the Office of the Board Secretary at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood or click here to download the application. 

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Calls to Abolish NJ’s School Development Authority in Wake of Staffing Scandal

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Parsippany NJ, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-26) demanded the Legislature take action on her bill to abolish the School Development Authority (SDA) and place school construction responsibilities under the Department of Treasury, after the state was forced this week to fire 30 SDA employees whose hiring violated state ethics guidelines

A-5330, introduced by the Assemblywoman after the SDA staffing scandal broke in April, will transfer all school construction responsibilities now handled by the troubled agency to the Division of Property Management and Construction in the Department of Treasury. Assemblywoman DeCroce noted that her legislation will provide the Governor and Legislature more direct authority to control school construction activities, while allowing the state Economic Development Authority (EDA) to retain its responsibility for the financing of school construction projects.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Meeting on Monday July 29th, 5-7pm in the Ed Center

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Ridgewood NJ, 29 July, 2019 5:00PM – 7:00PM the Ridgewood Board of Education will host a Board of Education Meeting at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place.

The Board of Education is seeking qualified applicants for a vacant seat as of July 30, 2019.

Details and the application may be found on the district website at

https://www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/cms/one.aspx…

Applications are due to the Office of the Board Secretary by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3.

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Governor Murphy ends school Superintendent Salary Cap

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Ridgewood NJ,  Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation ending the cap on school superintendent salaries in New Jersey. The Democratic governor signed the measure baring the state Department of Education from setting maximum salaries for superintendents and sets guidelines for school executive contracts to limit or standardize bonuses, golden parachutes and other fringe benefits.

Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie had implemented a $175,000 cap on superintendents in 2011, citing what he called high salaries and generous perks in superintendent contracts. The cap was raised to $191,584 in 2017, with incentives to earn more if school chiefs stay in the same district.

So who wants to guess how long it will take for the Ridgewood Board of Education to raise the salary of our schools superintendent?