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Five Ridgewood High School students acceptanced to the 2019 All State Orchestra

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Ridgewood NJ ,Congratulations to the following Ridgewood High School orchestra students for their acceptance to the 2019 All State Orchestra:

All State High School Orchestra:
Isabel Lee, violin (9)
Ryan Rhew, violin (11)
Eric Baw, violin (9)
Ashley Kim, violin (9)
Daniel Son, viola (11)

All State Intermediate Orchestra:
David Mo, violin (9)

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New Jersey Coalition for Diverse and Inclusive Schools Proposes”School Choice”

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Trenton NJ,  according to a report from the Ridgewood Board of Education , last May, the New Jersey Coalition for Diverse and Inclusive Schools sued New Jersey to desegregate our public schools.  Gary Stein, former NJ Supreme Court Justice, chairs this group.

Since the suit, the Coalition and the state have been in settlement talks. Eleven months later, the Coalition is frustrated by the lack of progress and is ready to go back to court.  They allege that the state’s school residency requirements are unconstitutional because these regulations lead to school segregation.

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Reader says ,”No word from presenters on the cost, which indicates our concerns aren’t sinking in”

” Very Low attendance at Ridgewood Strategic Planning meeting yesterday. Same faces as usual, maybe 30 in total. Topic for discussion is how to make our school district better. No word from presenters on the cost, which indicates our concerns aren’t sinking in. I’m for one not ready to abandon the village just yet and will be voting no to school Budget until leadership takes concrete actions to address the cost spiraling out of control. “

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Reader asks how can newcomers make Ridgewood great again?

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” I’ve observed a series of these Ridgewood-trashing posts on this blog. Poorly written, without any details aside from occasional reference to “gargantuan garage” or “getting overwhelmed with affordable housing.”
I’m the afore-mentioned transplant from NYC, although I consider myself a conservative by today’s standards. What’s your message to me exactly? To vote down village exco? To sell my house and move to greener pastures… in Dallas? What exactly are you offering? Where is the link to community events where the Reader gets off his ass and shares with newcomers how to make Ridgewood great again? Where I come from we take leadership and leave complaining to ex wives. Common, Reader, you could do better than that! “

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Ridgewood Superintendent Talks $111 Million School Budget

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Talking about the budget:
Please vote on Tuesday, April 16

March 2019 column
by
Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D.
Link to 2019-2020 budget and voting information

The following column appeared in The Ridgewood News on March 29, 2019.

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019 the Ridgewood community will be asked to vote on the Ridgewood Public Schools 2019-2020 school budget as proposed by the Board of Education. The change back to public voting on the school budget occurred in July of 2018 when the Ridgewood Village Council opted to move the Ridgewood Board of Education School Election from November to April.

It is important to note that this year the election falls within the school district’s April break. For this reason, we are making a special effort to inform residents of the option of voting by mail. Information about voting by mail and applications can be found on the home page of our district website at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us and on each of our school websites as well as at www.njelections.org /vote-by-mail.shtml.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Meets Monday, April 1, 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, April 1, 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 , Voting no for first time in 40 years, for the sake of the Village”

” Voting no for first time in 40 years, for the sake of the Village.
The math is simple – – taxes get to the point where i decide its time leave my 4 bedroom, 4 bath house. Right now, the Village makes a lot off of my empty nest. But if they tax me to the point where i leave, then a family with three children move in at a cost of 10 to 15k a year each child to educate. That cost of 30 to 40,000 equals or exceeds what they collect from me now in taxes. The Village goes from positive income flow from me and my property taxes, to at best breaking even and more likely losing money. “

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SUBLIME 2019

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Ridgewood ARTBeat: A RHS Student Congress Committee that celebrates the talented young adult musicians and artists in the high school and community at large .

Ridewood ARTBeat will be hosting a FREE! creative event organized by RHS students. This Sunday, 11-2pm, RHS campus center. It is a Van Gogh-themed afternoon in the Campus Center on March 31st! Enjoy the talents of RHS artists and musicians, savor a delicious crêpe (or two… or three), and contribute to our wall of stars, sunflowers, and swirls.

Ridewood ARTBeat showcases beautiful fine art and a true inspiration for elementary and middle school kids to continue their of the arts!

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Senate President Steve Sweeney calls for the merger of the high-cost School Employees Health Benefits Plan into the lower-cost State Health Benefits Plan

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Monroe Township NJ, Declaring that teachers and school districts are paying too much for their healthcare coverage, Senate President Steve Sweeney today called for the merger of the high-cost School Employees Health Benefits Plan into the lower-cost State Health Benefits Plan to take advantage of the cost savings negotiated by the Governor and the state’s largest public workers union.

Speaking at a meeting of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, Senator Sweeney said legislation merging the two healthcare plans would be a cornerstone of the Path to Progress legislative package that will be introduced to implement recommendations of the bipartisan Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup.

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Ridgewood Schools Strategic Planning Initiative 2019-2024

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Public Schools is embarking upon a strategic planning initiative to examine its strengths, challenges and opportunities. The public is encouraged to attend a public information session about the initiative, set for 7 p.m. on TUESDAY, April 2 at the Ridgewood High School Campus Center.

In addition, a community survey has been created we are asking all to take by Monday, April 8. We hope you will go to our website to RSVP for the Tuesday, April 2 info session and also access the survey link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9XDK8YZ