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BREAKING NEWS : Judge rules that board of education members terms may not be shortened

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Ridgewood NJ, Today February 15, 2019 in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County Law Division, The Honorable Robert C. Wilson, J.S.C, issued the following opinion in the Verified Complaint filed on January 18, 2019, by the Office of the Superintendent of Ridgewood Public Schools seeking clarification of Ridgewood Board of Education Member election dates:Judge Wilson ruled that the terms of a board of education member cannot be shortened.

Therefore, there will only be a budget election during April 2019 and not an election for seats on the Ridgewood Board of Education.
Based on this opinion, elections for seats on the Ridgewood Board of Education will be scheduled as follows:
The next board of education election will be in April 2020.
Those interested in running for a seat on the Ridgewood Board of Education in April 2020 and beyond are encouraged to check out candidate information available on the Ridgewood Public School website.

Contact The BoardContact the Board

Ms. Jennie Smith Wilson, Board President
jswilson@ridgewood.k12.nj.us

Mr. James Morgan, Vice President
jmorgan@ridgewood.k12.nj.us

Ms. Sheila Brogan
sbrogan@ridgewood.k12.nj.us 

Mr. Cristopher Kaufman
ckaufman@ridgewood.k12.nj.us

Ms. Christina Krauss
ckrauss@ridgewood.k12.nj.us

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BOE Ducks Motions to Withdraw “Term” Lawsuit

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Ridgewood NJ, reader says, “Chris Kaufman made a motion to withdraw the lawsuit. No one seconded his motion so there could not be a vote. I am so proud that I voted for this man.”

Cristopher Kaufman at the last Board of Ed meeting said : “I accept the consequences of [having the election in April 2019, thereby shortening the terms of existing members to 2.5 years] will have on my own term, but I feel it’s in the best interest of the Community that we have the Board of Education election with the budget vote this April.” Putting the Community first .

Disgraceful that the BOE Board members still do not want to take responsibility for the term extension law suit ?

Residents continue to question Board actions and get no response.

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Ridgewood School Board Attorney Tries to Clear Up Election Lawsuit

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Ridgewood NJ,Ridgewood School Board attorney Jeff Merlino spoke to the lack of clarity about the process for Board member elections in the first year following the move of the annual election from November to April. Since Mr. Merlino was unable to get formal clarification on this issue from the state and county, a filing was made to the court and a date of February 15 has been set to appear before the judge. Mr. Merlino’s slide presentation may be viewed :

https://www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=18124379

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Ridgewood HSA Board Member Defends BOE Actions

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Ridgewood NJ, Stacey Ingraham Loscalzo is the most recent defender of the Board.

But nowhere in her many defensive Facebook posts does Ms. Loscalzo reveal that she is a member of the Executive Board of the Ridgewood High School Home and School Association, nor does she mention that she is a Facebook friend of BOE President, Jennie Smith Wilson and Sue Morgan (BOE Vice President Jim Morgan’s spouse) and Sally Morgan (BOE Vice President Jim Morgan’s daughter and business partner).

” I am writing so that the members who read here but do not participate can know that there are people who disagree with the prevailing views on this page.

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Ridgewood Superintendent of Schools Acted on his own in Trustee Term Lawsuit

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Ridgewood NJ, on January 18th the Ridgewood blog reported that the Ridgewood Board of Education has launched a lawsuit by trustees with the sole purpose to extend their board  terms .  In Ridgewood Board Of Education Sues to Extend Board Member Terms (  https://theridgewoodblog.net/ridgewood-board-of-education-sues-to-extend-board-member-terms/  ) the Ridgewood blog reported , “that not wanting to face election in April and looking to extend their term they have launched a Ridgewood taxpayer financed lawsuit against the Bergen County and the New Jersey Commissioner of Education .” The Ridgewood blog has already questioned the  Ridgewood School Board Legislation and Advocacy  on many no reated issues to Ridgewood Schools.

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