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Ridgewood NJ, a reader commented ,”They are in the process of ripping out the old turf at Stevens after a questionable process that Dr. Fishbein orchestrated. As a result of his misinformation to Board members, they went with a product that is inferior to other products offered at a competitive price with a firm with multiple law suits filed against them in New Jersey alone. I would have settled for the recent turf replacement which was installed at Maple Field as it was an improvement over RHS Stadium and now Stevens. I am not disappointed in Dr. Fishbein because I expected his poor behavior. I just don’t know why except it is a bad case of administrative obstinance: my way or the High way.”
Once again the Ridgewood Board of Education ignores residents and goes rogue .
Resident , Linda McNamara a long time turf field opponent sent out and email to BOE members and Village Council members stating ,”Dear Village Leaders, Today the Stevens Field Turf project began. Dr. Fishbein said that in order to be ready by September, there was no time for review of the project process to ensure the best outcomes. Not only was that not true but we have no idea where we will be in September with regards to school openings and athletics. I heard that Dr. Fishbein was planning to speak to Shaw Turf this past Monday. That did not happen. Everyone on this board and the previous board at least responded to me on the information I have sent except Mr. Kaufman and Mr. Lembo. They might have benefited from the information and possibly hearing me out. As for Dr. Fishbein, I have nothing left except to say that as an administrator you should use your community and committees to do the leg work on important projects. I hear you wanted to reduce Board meetings to once a month. Transparency is a goal but this recent turf project proves otherwise and we are none the better for it. ”