the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, the feud between the Village Council and the Ridgewood school board has spilled into school safety and the hiring the a School Resource Officer . The current clash is over who should pay for a new school resource officer.
The Ridgewood had previously reported : http://theridgewoodblog.net/ridgewood-board-of-ed-claims-they-never-agreed-that-the-school-district-would-contribute-to-this-position-of-school-resource-officer/
Village Council members claim the Board of Education has reneged on good faith negotiations to co-fund the salary of the officer , in retaliation for the Village Council backing the school budget vote.
Village and school officials had been discussing a replacement school resource officer for close to two years. The position was eliminated in 2010 for financial reasons. In 2014, the council passed an ordinance allowing for the re-creation of the position, with responsibilitiesjointly determined by the police chief, village manager and superintendent of schools.
The Ridgewood school district currently employs a full-time, armed school security officer, who is also a retired police officer. An SRO is an active-duty police officer.
According to the BOE the previous school resource officer was paid for by the village, but with over $110,000,000 school budget Ridgewood taxpayers are very surprised by the BOE’s reluctance to ensure school safety.