August 6,2015

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Michele Lenhard has resigned from the Ridgewood Board of Education (BOE) effective Aug. 1, stepping down from the elected position she has held since 2007. School officials told The Ridgewood News this week that Lenhard is relocating out of the district. ( )

The Ridgewood Board of Education is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a mid-term vacancy on the Ridgewood Board of Education. The vacancy became effective on August 1, 2015.

The Board is delegated by law to serve the children of Ridgewood as the policy-making legislative branch of the School District. Responsibilities of the Board are to: 

Monitor student achievement.  Set district policies and goals.  Provide financial oversight.  Approve Human Resources recommendations and hire and evaluate the superintendent.  Serve as the communications link between the community and the school district. 

To fill vacancies on the Board of Education. Board members are required to attend meetings approximately twice a month and serve on committees that require an additional time commitment.

This position will be effective through our Reorganization Meeting in January 2017. This position will be placed on the ballot at the annual election, scheduled in November 2016. The winner will fill a regular three-year term from January 2017 through January 2020.

Legal Requirements: To become a member of a local Board of Education in New Jersey, you must be:  A citizen of the United States of America  At least 18 years of age  Able to read and write  A resident of Ridgewood for at least one (1) year preceding the date of the appointment  Have no interest in any contract with, or claim, against the Board  Registered to vote in the district  Not disqualified as a voter pursuant to NJSA 19:4-1

To Apply: Any qualified Ridgewood resident interested in filling the vacancy on the Ridgewood Board of Education should pick up an application at the Education Center or download one from our website at and then submit a letter of interest, application and resume by 4 p.m. on September 15, 2015 to: Dr. Alfredo Aguilar ([email protected]) Board Secretary 49 Cottage Place Ridgewood, NJ 07451 The Board of Education will review all applications submitted and interview legally qualified candidates at the public meeting on September 21, 2015. Candidates will be advised of the interview schedule. Any questions should be directed to Dr. Aguilar at [email protected] or 201-670-2700 ext. 10503.