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RIDGEWOOD SCHOOL BOARD MEETS ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 19th 7:30pm

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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 www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us 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.

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School Budget Vote Gets Heated

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Ridgewood NJ,  the Ridgewood Board of Education once again appears to be pretending to be open to public input while their mind have already been made up on an issue .  The Board for years has stonewalled residents and has demonstrated that they are far more interested in placating their NJEA masters.  Lets face it a budget vote would remind residents every year that the school budget is 2/3 of their tax dollars and that at $110,000,000 it is an enormous . The Board appeared to be tone deaf and was also accused of violating the open public meeting act or at lest actively trying to circumvent it.  .

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Ridgewood School Board Insists September 17 Resolution Does Not take a Position on the Date of the School Election

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood School Board Vice President Jim Morgan , tells the Ridgewood Blog in an email , “You might also find the language in the September 17 resolution of interest. Nowhere does it take a position on the date of the school election. It only seeks discussion. Here is the link to the District website that contains the approved resolution”

He also forwarded us an article from North Jersey media  , “Ridgewood weighs moving school elections yet again” https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/ridgewood/2018/10/02/ridgewood-nj-could-move-school-elections-yet-again/1436010002/  Rather telling headline don’t you think?

Which all begs the question if you are not trying to take away residents vote on the Ridgewood School Budget ($110,000,000) why has the Board of Education invited the public and members of the Village Council to attend its Oct. 8 and Nov. 5 meetings for a discussion?

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Ridgewood High Schools Academic Decline

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the NJ Department of Education since 2008 Ridgewood High School’s ranking has declined from number 7 over all to number 36 . In the same 10 year period the Ridgewood school budget has nearly doubled to a whopping $110,000,000.

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The Push to Return Ridgewood School Board Election to April

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July 12,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, while the Ridgewood Board of Education has turned a deaf ear to residents , the debate raged at the Village council meeting on Wednesday night.

An extremely impassioned Steven Kim said , “in order Ridgewood tax payers , to exercise their right to vote on the school budget , school board elections must be returned to April.”

The school budget of $110,000,000 is 2/3 of the Village of Ridgewood’s spending . Keeping School Board Elections in November takes away Ridgewood voters right to vote for or against the budget .

Others debated over the small cost of $25,000 to hold an election and worried over low voter turnout .

Saurabh Dani, pointed out that “Clifton voted 7-1 in favor of changing the election back to April. “