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Phone-a-thon will raise money for RHS ‘Learning Commons’

Phone-a-thon will raise money for RHS ‘Learning Commons’

THURSDAY APRIL 26, 2012, 2:19 PM

A phone-a-thon to raise money for a project that will modernize the Ridgewood High School (RHS) library, including plans to add “state-of-the-art” technology and a new café, will take place Monday, April 30 through Wednesday, May 2.

RHS alumni and parent volunteers will be calling other RHS parents and alumni to ask for donations from 7:30-10 p.m. on each of the three days, according to David Zrike, chairman of the RHS Home and School Association’s development committee.

The HSA and the Ridgewood Board of Education (BOE) have been planning this project, called a “Learning Commons,” for more than a year, after the idea was first put forward by former principal Jack Lorenz, Zrike said.

“Our goal is to transform the RHS library into a state-of-the-art learning environment for the students. That would mean technology enhancement, and meeting rooms that cater more to the learning style of today’s students,” Zrike said in a phone interview. “(Superintendent Dan Fishbein) has been very supportive of this project and we’ve been meeting to start the initial planning of the project.”

6 thoughts on “Phone-a-thon will raise money for RHS ‘Learning Commons’

  1. I am not saying the Library should not be modernized, however, last year was a phone-a-thon for one thing and now this. Seems to me our taxes should be paying for this along with other improvements within the district. If I began calculating “donations” into my tax bill it would probably be 20% more than I am currently paying. Perhaps the monies that have been used to repeatedly repair damaged turf would have been better spent elsewhere. After donating during the last phone-a-thon maybe I will sit this one out. Is there a “do not call list”?

  2. Last year they raised $55,000. Even $100,000 would not be enough for this project. What is the plan and the cost? If they do not raise the money in the phone-a-thon what will they do? More fundraising or scale back? The Ridgewood News did not have a lot of detail and the HSA has provided very little.

    Do they really need the coffee bar? Can the pampering end here? Money is tight and I do not feel obligated to fund everyone’s pipe dream.

  3. With all of the money raised in tax revenues why is there no money for a project as small as this? This is not huge by any means and we did just pass a budget. Was this in the budget? If so, where is the money and if not, why not? This is poor planning on the part of the BOE and once again, maybe we need a good accountant at Cottage Place.

  4. by the way #2, what was that money used for and how many families contributed?

  5. I agree with the other comments here, partic about poor planning by the BOE — with all those admins who cost so much money, you’d think they could plan and also account better. And would like to know too what the money from last year was used for.

  6. There is no accounting for the money raised last year, they just expect more. No questions asked.

    If the school needs to renovate the library then they should have put it in the budget. That is what my taxes are for. Get the sports stadium turf and light expenses on a phone-a-thon, not academic needs.

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