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Ridgewood school board preparing 2016-17 calendar

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APRIL 17, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015, 12:31 AM
BY DARIUS AMOS
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Anticipating minor changes that might impact Ridgewood families, the Board of Education (BOE) hopes to approve the school district’s 2016-17 calendar by the end of this month.

Just weeks after they finalized and adopted next year’s calendar, trustees engaged in a constructive dialogue during Monday’s BOE meeting as they reviewed the calendar committee’s recommended schedule for 2016-17.

“We told parents that we would try to get the calendar over a year in advance because we keep hearing ‘I want to be able to schedule what we’ll be doing, what the kids will be doing’,” BOE President Sheila Brogan said.

Board members generally agreed with the committee’s suggested calendar, which incorporated elements that most education officials deem desirable: First day of instruction begins after Labor Day; February features a full week of recess; and last day of classes is June 22.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/boe-gets-jump-on-calendar-schools-1.131131

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Ridgewood school board approves district calendar

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Ridgewood school board approves district calendar

MARCH 6, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015, 12:31 AM
BY MARK KRULISH
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Students should expect to begin classes before Labor Day this coming fall as the 2015-2016 Ridgewood Public Schools calendar, approved on Feb. 23, features an early start, among other minor tweaks.

Although opinions were varied on the individual decisions the Board of Education had to consider, trustees were ultimately able to build a general consensus and approve the new calendar by a 4-1 vote.

Board President Sheila Brogan, Vice President B. Vincent Loncto and trustees Christina Krauss and James Morgan all voted in favor of the updated calendar.

The final calendar contains a convocation date of Aug. 31, which is a Monday, for teachers and staff, followed by a professional development day and students arriving on Sept. 2.

A three-day break will take place from Feb. 15 through Feb. 17 and the last day of school for students – Ridgewood High School (RHS) graduation – will fall on June 20, 2016. The calendar also includes two built-in snow days.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/parents-can-mark-calendars-1.1283655

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Concerns on Common Core presented to Ridgewood school board

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Concerns on Common Core presented to Ridgewood school board

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014, 11:09 AM
BY BY JODI WEINBERGER
STAFF WRITER

An apple core that has become the sign for the opposition to new state standards for school curriculum was featured prominently on buttons of many of the two dozen parents who came to speak at the Ridgewood Board of Education (BOE) meeting Aug. 25.

The public outcry against the Common Core and standardized testing is growing in Ridgewood with the help of a group named Ridgewood Cares About Schools, which has formed online on Facebook and drawn many to in-person meetings this summer.

The parents (and many grandparents) raised issues of concern during the public comment portion of the meeting, including that the testing is done on computers, the lack of transparency of where and what test data is shared, and that there are too many instructional hours devoted to testing. They also said that the Common Core standards for math and other subjects are confusing and urged the BOE to reject them in fear that the standards and focus on test preparation will create bad curricula.

Anne Burton Walsh, one of the founders of Ridgewood Cares About Schools, said the increase in the use of technology in the younger grades is “unnecessarily expensive and potentially harmful.” Ridgewood is currently implementing its one-to-one initiative with Google Chromebooks at the high school and plans to give one to every student in Grades K-8 in the coming years, with one reason being that the students must take the new standardized tests on computers.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/concerns-on-common-core-presented-to-ridgewood-school-board-1.1079350#sthash.H53Rbqmb.dpuf

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Ridgewood school board to vote on calendar changes

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Ridgewood school board to vote on calendar changes
Friday, February 28, 2014
BY  LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER
The Ridgewood News

Changes to the 2014-2015 school calendar should be finalized after next week’s BOE meeting.

The district has engaged in a discussion about possible ways to end the next school year earlier, resulting in a longer-than-usual delay in publishing the 2014-2015 calendar.

Ending earlier in June would accommodate vacations and camps that start before the close of the Ridgewood school year, district officials have said.

BOE President Sheila Brogan noted at Monday’s meeting that she hopes the board makes “a decision on [the calendar] next week.”

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/247717681_Ridgewood_school_board_to_vote_on_calendar_changes_calendar_changes.html#sthash.u4cs1dDQ.dpuf

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Food Fight: Lunch vendors file claim agains Ridgewood school board

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Food Fight: Lunch vendors file claim agains Ridgewood school board

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014
BY  LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

A claim has been filed against the Board of Education (BOE) that challenges its recent decision to ban outside vendors from delivering lunch to Ridgewood students at school.

In the claim, attorney Victor Herlinsky, of the law firm Sills Cummis and Gross, notes that “Ridgewood has acted in an arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable manner by relying on an ever-changing set of rationales for the cancellation and continually refusing to engage with plaintiffs to reach a resolution that would reverse the cancellation and benefit all parties.”

Herlinsky believes his clients have a solid case.

“The only problem is this case is going to take months, if not years, to litigate,” he said. “It’s going to take a tremendous amount of school board resources.”

The three outside vendors who have taken issue with the ban are Parkwood Delicatessen & Catering in Midland Park; Westside Bagel & Deli in Ridgewood; and No Fuss Lunch, a school lunch delivery business run by Ridgewood mother Gabriella Wilday. Ridgewood parents Oliver and Alla Train, Maya Scanlon, Leigh Warren and Wilday’s husband James are also plaintiffs.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/247718361_Lunch_vendors_file_claim_agains_Ridgewood_school_board_schools.html#sthash.zESG2cHE.dpuf