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Fallen Tree Takes Out Ridgewood High School Student Parking

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Ridgewood NJ, For the second time within 12 months, a falling tree damaged a vehicle parked in a private lot owned by the First Presbyterian Church of Ridgewood that is used by many Ridgewood High School students. In March of 2018, several student owned vehicles were damaged. This year, there was only one (1) unlucky student, the owner of a dark colored, 4-door VW Golf. Ridgewood Police Patrol Officer Jeffrey Kay responded to take a property damage report and coordinate the removal of vehicles from the lot to facilitate removal of the downed tree. No injuries were reported. A fence was also a victim of the calamity, which occurred on Monday morning,

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Reader says , “schools no longer split children according to their ability. That means the faster learners can sit, bored for days”

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” As I have commented before, Ridgewood schools attract people from all over the country, esp. autistic students. My new neighbor from Alabama told me that they came here after seeing on the computer that Ridgewood had an excellent program for Autistic children. I know of 2 others who moved into our neighborhood for the same reason. I am sure there are others as we have a good number of school buses coming onto the block. The main problem is that our schools are forced to spend so much money on disabled children that they have had to cut back on so much that made our schools great in the past. But even a bigger problem than that is the schools no longer split children according to their ability. That means the faster learners can sit, bored for days, until the others catch up. (Several mothers told me that this is why they finally sent their children to private schools.) The school system no longer offers Gifted and Talented programs. Basically our educational system tends toward the medium student and this automatically will cause our schools to be lowered in any academic ratings. I have no idea as to a solution for this but as long as this is the way our schools are tending we will continually decline in academic stature. “

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Reader says ,”our BOE probably overspends by $25-35 mm “

” Sure, our BOE probably overspends by $25-35 mm just here in Ridgewood alone. Just look at all of the virtually empty buses taking one or two students a few miles every day back and forth… and we’re a magnet for special needs kids because of all of the resources in our $111 mm BOE budget dedicated to special needs resources. While that’s great, what about the other 5,000 kids in our public schools who rank 23rd in SAT scores for the state? And don’t have statistically significant acceptance rates to top colleges & universities? From a high school most recently ranked 26th in the state with a declining trend now for years? #ChangeStartsAtTheTop #MommiesWontVoteNo #NotGettingOurMoneysWorth “

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Calls to Order An Audit Of State Education Spending

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Ridgewood NJ, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce is again asking Gov. Phil Murphy to authorize an audit of education funding in New Jersey as way to root out waste and provide tax relief for homeowners and renters.  

“I appreciate that the governor ordered an audit of the Economic Development Agency and an audit of NJ Transit – and those audits were helpful — but neither of them will help the state deal with its number one problem, which is property taxes,” said DeCroce.

“The key to property tax relief is finding out where our education tax money is going and how much can be saved by eliminating waste and improving efficiency,” said DeCroce, who twice last year asked the governor to commission an extensive school spending audit.

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EARLY DISMISSAL FOR RIDGEWOOD SCHOOLS

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Ridgewood NJ, IMPORTANT WINTER STORM MESSAGE: Schools will have an EARLY DISMISSAL on Wednesday, February 20. Children will be dismissed at the closing times posted below. Cafeterias will not operate and lunches will not be provided. Students will attend school as follows:

RED Program: 9-11 a.m.

Kindergarten – Grade 5: 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Grades 6-8: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Grades 9-12: 7:47 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

All after-school programs are also cancelled. Please stay safe and warm! Pass the word!

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Reader Supports a “NO CONFIDENCE “VOTE Against the Ridgewood Board of Education

I keep hoping people will stop swallowing — and repeating — the propaganda being fed them about “tradition of excellence”. It is easier and more comfortable to believe that, but they are being shortchanged. We can and should do better! The large and small examples of dysfunction that disprove the propaganda are out in the open. I support the “no-confidence” vote proposal you are putting forward, and I am a Ridgewood mom with kids in the system!

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SUPER SCIENCE SATURDAY

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Ridgewood NJ, Super Science Saturday, hailed as the “Greatest Science Extravaganza in Northern New Jersey,” brings fun and excitement to science through professional presenters and student projects. As a joint project of the Ridgewood Board of Education and the Super Science Saturday Volunteer Committee, we aim to bring all science lovers together for a day of fun and learning for all ages.

In an effort to make Super Science Saturday an even better experience, we have changed venues to Ridgewood High School, giving more space for student presenters in our “Hall of Science.” Our adult presenters will also have generous space throughout hallways, the Cafeteria, and the Campus Center.

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The Ridgewood educational system

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Ridgewood NJ, In Ridgewood schools, 52-percent of students are male while only 48 percent are female. The minority enrolment is only 28 percent. Ridgewood public schools are a tremendous comprehensive community in public institution district. They are loved because they serve students from kindergarten to twelfth grade in Ridgewood areas in New Jersey. There are 10 schools in the district that actually enrolled 5,772 students in 2014-2015 academic year. The student-teacher ratio is 13:5:1 so sometimes you need to buy custom essays to make up with the workload

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The 2019-2020 Ridgewood Public Schools $111 Million Budget Vote will be held on Tuesday, April 16 

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The following links go directly to pages on the Bergen County website.

How to:

Register to vote
The registration deadline is 21 days before an election. The deadline for registering to vote in the Annual School Election (April 16) is Tuesday, March 26.

Voting by mail

Click here to download the official Vote-by-Mail application.

A registered voter may apply for a Mail-in Ballot by mail up to seven days prior to the election, or apply in person until 3 p.m. on the day before the election. Mail-in Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received no later than 48 hours after polls close, or returned in person before the close of polls on Election Day. The deadline to apply by mail for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for the Annual School Election (April 16) is Tuesday, April 9. The deadline to apply in person at the County Clerk’s Office for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for the Annual School Election is Monday, April 15 at 3 p.m.

FAQs on voting
Answers to general questions on registering to vote and voting

Please note: The office of the Bergen County Superintendent of Elections is the primary source for full information on voting and elections. Please consult the Bergen County website for more information at https://www.co.bergen.nj.us/about-superintendent-of-elections.

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Prospective Ridgewood Board of Education Candidate Information

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood residents interested in becoming a candidate for the Board of Education should review the School Board Candidate Kit published by the New Jersey School Boards Association, available through this link.

Candidate petitions are available at the office of the Board Secretary, 49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Completed petitions must be submitted to the Board Secretary. The deadline for candidates to submit their nominating petitions is Monday, February 25th at 4:00 p.m. 

Additional resources from NJSBA :

Running for School Board? Click here for ten things you should know. 

Serving on the Board of Education Information

Click here for Fundamentals of School Board Membership.

Click here for 13 Things School Board Members Wish People Knew About Them.