by the staff of The Ridgewood Blog
The Ridgewood Blog has learned that Ridgewood resident Constance “Stacey” Loscalzo, author of a rather controversial “call to action” e-mail regarding the resignation of Ridgewood Schools Superintendent Daniel Fishbein, was horrified upon learning that her e-mail was posted on The Ridgewood Blog, and on several community Facebook pages. The e-mail, posted below in its entirety, requests specific actions be directed against the two (2) Trustees of the Ridgewood Board of Education who are minorities.
The Ridgewood Blog believes the e-mail’s intent speaks for itself and wonders why Ms. Loscalzo got cold feet once it was made public. The Ridgewood Blog also wonders whether Ms. Loscalzo will be present at her suggested Monday, September 14, 5:30 p.m. rally in front of Board of Education offices at 49 Cottage Place. The press will be there waiting for her.
From: Stacey Loscalzo
Date: September 11, 2020
Subject: Dr. Fishbein’s Resignation: What To Do
Dr. Fishbein, Superintendent of Ridgewood Public Schools, will submit his resignation to the Board of Education (BOE) on Monday, September 14th. This is terrible news for the Ridgewood Public Schools (RPS), our families and our community.
I am writing to request two things.
1. E-mail Immediately- E-mail Dr. Fishbein and the BOE with your thoughts on Dr. Fishbein’s resignation. (email addresses below)
2. Rally on Monday September 14th at 5:30pm at 49 Cottage Place- Please wear Ridgewood colors. We will be there when the BOE enters for their executive session and can stay or return home to call in for public comment.
Dr. Fishbein has served as Ridgewood’s superintendent for the past twelve years. He is a longtime Ridgewood resident and his five children are Hawes, Benjamin Franklin and RHS graduates. Ridgewood principals, administrators and parents along with fellow superintendents hold Dr. Fishbein in high regard. Thanks to Dr. Fishbein’s stable and effective leadership, Ridgewood Public Schools have thrived even and especially during a global pandemic.
This spring, Ridgewood elected three new BOE representatives. Two of these representatives, Mr. Dani and Ms. Kwak, were frequent speakers at the BOE public comment podium for the past few years. At public comment and then in their official capacity following the election, Mr. Dani and Ms. Kwak consistently approached Dr. Fishbein and Ms. Kelley (the recently resigned RPS business administrator) with an assumption of negligence. They spoke consistently in an accusatory tone and their micromanagement made it impossible for these seasoned professionals to lead effectively.
On average, it takes eighteen months to replace a superintendent. Importantly, one of the first things that a candidate will do is view archived Board of Education meetings to better understand the community. Any candidate who views our recent BOE meetings, will see a hostile environment and board members who show disrespect, distrust and disregard of professional educators.
The damage done by these BOE representatives will have far reaching consequences to our schools and therefore to our community. I hope that you will email, come out on Monday and importantly, if you aren’t already, pay close attention to what is happening in our schools.
I will be sharing more information and details over the next few days but I wanted to get this message out as quickly as possible.
To email the BOE:
Dr. Daniel Fishbein, Superintendent of Schools, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Michael Lembo, President, email@example.com
Ms. Hyunju Kwak, Vice President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Sheila Brogan, email@example.com
Mr. Saurabh Dani, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Cristopher Kaufman, email@example.com
Thank you all for reading,