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Reader Voices Concern Over Decreased Ridgewood School Enrollment


This is an amazing remark to put in a written update, “Dr. Fishbein explained that some families of children who were beginning kindergarten opted to send their children to a private school for this school year with the intention of returning to the district the following school year. “, Kindergarten is the grade that sets all of the coming years for a school, lose K and there are no rising 1st graders, etc. How much school funding is lost due to the decreased enrollment? What if anything will have to be cut, what programs? “What business says, my customers choose not to come to our establishment, no worries.” Don’t we want to know why they are choosing to pay for private school instead of coming to our schools at no cost? What are we not doing right? To say that families are opting for “private school” in a district that “supposedly ” highly regarded, is a bad sign. How does this get glossed over as a nutin-burger? Is this really all related to covid-19? or is this a trend.”

7 thoughts on “Reader Voices Concern Over Decreased Ridgewood School Enrollment

  1. OVOV sponsors, did they send their kids to private school this year.

  2. The price per student just went up!

  3. Tempest in a teapot..

  4. Wow! Does this mean the Ridgewood school board will actually have to sharpen their pencils and do a revised budget? Businesses all over the United States, and the world have been forced to do that over the past year. If there is actually is a shortfall in K students will Ridgewood residents receive a tax break? Fewer students equal fewer teachers, and non-tenured teachers would be subject to furlough or dismissal. As a former Ridgewood resident and RHS graduate I’ve seen what Ridgewood can do when challenged. There seems to be no shortage of speculation, and a lack of critical thinking. Bring in a respected consulting firm, they’ll have plenty of options. Wonder whether the city council and the school board will have the guts to make changes? Change is good, and necessary, nothing has taught us that lesson more clearly than 2020.

  5. Change, flexibility, planning, and decisiveness have recently been absent from both the city council and BOE.

  6. “Don’t we want to know why they are choosing to pay for private school instead of coming to our schools at no cost”?
    No cost?
    How about 115 million for cost…does that ring a bell?

  7. I think they meant tuition vs. tuition free, of course there are costs/expenses relative to everything.

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