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Fishbein: The bottom line on the budget

Fishbein: The bottom line on the budget
Friday, March 29, 2013

Each year when I start the process of developing the next year’s school district budget, I have the opportunity to reflect on my role as superintendent of schools. As complex and involved as the superintendent’s job may be, in reality my role is quite simply defined. I am here to support the important work of educating each and every child who attends Ridgewood Public Schools.

School board elections will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

That role is at the forefront when I present a fiscally responsible budget to the Board of Education, and ultimately the voting public, for approval every April. First and foremost, the budget must support the primary mission of educating all students by providing a rigorous, current and appropriate curriculum and programs. By law, we must meet what are called Common Core State Standards. But to achieve the excellence for which our district is known requires a budget that has built in opportunities for students to go above and beyond the core fundamentals.

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