the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Board of Education Candidates Night will be Monday, October 29, 2018 from 7:30pm-9:00pm at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Pl, 3rd floor, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
The two candidates running for the single open Board of Education seat are Cristopher Kaufman and current Board of Education President B. Vincent Loncto .
The most noticeable major difference in the candidates is the current Board of Education President B. Vincent Loncto is dead set against letting Ridgewood residents vote on the $110,000,000 school budget and the challenger Cristopher Kaufman is very much in favor of letting the public decide thru budget votes .
The Ridgewood School budget is by far the single largest potion of the Village of Ridgewood’s property tax assessment accounting for 2/3 of the tax payment.
The schools have also suffered a myriad of bad press in recent years because of bullying , sexting , and slipping in the school rankings . In 2013 Ridgewood ranked #11 in NJ and #188 in the nation, slipping in 5 years to a ranking of #24 in NJ and #577 in the nation.
There is currently a police investigation in to a “Sexting” issue .
The current school board has been accused of being both tone deaf to residents concerns and bullying parent dissenters into submission with subtle threats against their children.