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Ridgewood Infant Toddler Development Program


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Ridgewood N J, a reader stated that “Residents should not be supplementing other residents daycare obligations at ITDP. Any and all expenses of ITDP should be covered by tuition paid by the users, not from our school taxes. Diverting money to ITDP means less money for K-12. I paid day care for years; so should ITDP parents.”

At the request of the Board, Ms. Kelly gave a presentation on the Infant Toddler Development Program. The committee members, Ms. Brogan and Mr. Dani, met with Ms. Kelly and Dr. Fishbein to compile and discuss questions from the community and Board members, upon which Ms. Kelly conducted an analysis of the program. After providing a brief history of the program, Ms. Kelly reviewed the questions and provided responses. These questions and responses can be viewed on the PDF of the presentation.

At this time, 57 children have been enrolled for the program for the 2020-2021 school year. Twelve children are on the waiting list, and families of 9 other children have not yet determined if they will be returning. Under the current social distancing guidelines, the maximum number of students we can accommodate is 70. Additional custodial staff will not be needed at Glen School, and the same cleaning and disinfecting products and protocols will be used at Glen School as all other district buildings. Next, she reviewed personal protective equipment requirements, explaining that the district will not be providing cloth masks to the staff, but we will be providing face shields.

In response to a question about whether the program can be outsourced for a September opening, Ms. Kelly explained that this would not be possible since it would require a formal Request for Proposals (RFP), which would take several months. She then reviewed the timeline for the RFP process. After reviewing the responses to all of the questions, Ms. Kelly provided a financial review, and she shared the estimated 2020-2021 budget based on three enrollment scenarios (57 children, 66 children, and 70 children). In order to break even, we would need approximately 74 students; however, as previously explained the maximum under the current social distancing guidelines would be 70 students. The loss for each scenario was provided. Ms. Kelly reviewed options for handling the deficit.

Click here to view the PDF of the presentation.

Click here to view the webcast and scroll to 1:39:01.

10 thoughts on “Ridgewood Infant Toddler Development Program

  1. I repeat, Antionette Kelly is a joke. Unqualified for her role, and nothing more than Fishbein’s hand puppet. I would not believe anything she says. Can’t wait until she’s gone. Then, maybe Board members will be able to speak during meetings without her constant, senseless, and self serving interruptions. Bye, bye, and don’t let the door hit you in your fat ass on the way out.

  2. here’s a thought.. how about the people using the day care service pay their share of any projected shortfall. this burden should not come out of the school budget..

  3. Child care is at the expense of the parents, not the Village taxpayers.

    Ridgewood Public Schools should not be running this nonessential program. They are incurring employee salary/benefits expenses that should not belong to the residents. Pay your own way.

  4. It’s OK.
    We’ll happily pay.
    ……because we are
    RICH and STUPID (and they know it).

  5. Is it true that Sheila Brogan is making phone calls to gather support for One Vote?
    Sheila received one six month extension to her term when elections were originally moved from April to Nov.
    In her current term also, she received an extension. Her current term was supposed to expire in Nov 2020. When council moved election to April, the board used tax payer money to file a court case and extended Sheila’s term to April 2021. Now if the election moves back to November, her term will extend again to Nov 2021, giving her a third 6 month extension over the years and making her current term a 4 year term instead of a 3 year term.

  6. Why are residents paying for this? Is this for low income ? The state has subsidies for that.

  7. Technically, when this problem of taxpayers paying to educate pre-schoolers at a rather substantial financial loss came up, it was also illegal for a school district to offer a pre-school taking away from public providers. This has been pussy footed around–we all know about the board going to court to prevent retiring the old members at the appropriate time–and this apparently was another of their boon doggles. To top it off, they kicked out the profitable to us private school that had been using the facility to allow us to take losses with them gone. Is it just me, or does something smell about this whole deal?

  8. How many NON-Ridgewood residents we are supplementing at the ITDC?

    How many Ridgewood BOE employees are we supplementing at the ITDC??

    When I tried to get my kids into ITDC a few years ago, you really had to know someone BOE related.

  9. When Mr. Dani asked what type of financial exposure the ITDC leaves the RPS with in case of another COVID closure, Fishbein almost had a meltdown and did, in fact, raise his voice to Mr. Dani. It seemed like a simple enough question. Mr. Dani then rephrased to ask how much financial exposure are we willing to accept if have another COVID shutdown. In other words, what is the threshold for the ITDC losing money and funds being diverted from K-12 to cover those losses. Again, seemed like a reasonable question from Mr. Dani.

  10. Do you think that, maybe, since his children have graduated, we could encourage him to take his melt-downs and frequent very dubious transactions elsewhere?

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