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Ridgewood school board discusses contracts, full-day kindergarten


NOVEMBER 27, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2015, 12:31 AM

The conversations circulating around the ongoing teachers’ union contract negotiations and a potential switch to full-day kindergarten continued at last week’s Board of Education meeting.

While trustees did not take action on either subject, they will resume the discussions in future meetings.

Contract negotiations

The meeting once again featured commentary from the Ridgewood Education Association (REA), asking for a settlement of its contract with the Board of Education (BOE). This time, only REA President Michael Yannone spoke, referencing recent spending by the board and asking why there was money for this, but no money for better contracts.

“Last week, the board issued a press release, stating that while they respect the teaching staff and the work they do … they cannot address the concerns staff members have repeatedly stated at this microphone,” he said. “What I interpret the board as saying in that release is that in their budget of $101 million, they cannot find new money to settle this contract because there simply is no money.”

4 thoughts on “Ridgewood school board discusses contracts, full-day kindergarten

  1. No money means that you are bleeding us dry.

    Full day kindergarten is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. It costs little to pay for enrichment classes. When you look at salaries and benefits it costs a lot for the village to solve your 1 year “problem”.

    I know that all your friends have it but that is not a valid need to implement this. It is convenient but that is about all. It will not have any effect on your child’s SAT score.

  2. 7.31 is right,Just Say No.there is no Money left for Taxpayers to absorb

  3. Nothing more than full time baby sitting at taxpayer expense.

  4. Exactly 1:44, the same can be said for pension and health benefits worth multi-millions in retirement. Cradle to grave excess at taxpayer expense.

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