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Ridgewood School Superintendent Dr. Fishbein Resigns

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Ridgewood NJ,Big changes are coming to Cottage Place. Ridgewood Board of Education administrator Antoinette Kelly resigned more than a month ago with a long notice period effective December 1 st. Superintendent Dr. Fishbein sent an email to the community today informing his resignation will be effective December  10th.

30 thoughts on “Ridgewood School Superintendent Dr. Fishbein Resigns

  1. Well you won’t have Dan to kick around anymore.

    Good luck hiring a new Supervisor….who knows what kind of person we will be bringing in next.

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  2. Good riddance

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  3. Definitely time for a change. Glad to see the new Board members are following through. Be sure to vote to keep our vote on the school budget. How silly is t that we have to vote to keep our vote?

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  4. Maybe because Governor horse face has run NJ into the ground and he wants to cash out and protect his pension before its spent. Wake up NJEA there is a huge bucket of cash sitting in NJ with the Govs hands all over it.

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  5. Way too much management schools. They privatize the janitors and the bus drivers to hire more management. And that is not working out that well. Is it. Find out how much money they really are receiving nothing because they took all the money that they were saving and hired more management.

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  6. You can say good riddance but now we’ll be paying HIS pension and the replacement’s salary and pension for the rest of their lives.

    Fair?

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  7. Good luck to the board members on finding a comparable replacement after what you’ve done to him these last few months. I hope you realize that all your meetings are public and online. Any replacement is likely to see those meetings and walk right by. It’s a damn shame. Please uphold the strong education Fishbein has promoted for the last 12 years.

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  8. I am a former Superintendent in Millburn-Short Hills and am very familiar with the New Jersey public education landscape, especially in high-end, high-expectation districts like Ridgewood. Dr. Fishbein is widely regarded as one of the best education leaders around–big mistake running him out of town. Good luck finding a replacement even close.

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    1. no one ran him out of town he was simply asked questions , which should have been relatively simple to answer

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  9. I voted for Lembo. I didn’t vote for him to act unprofessionally towards a good administrator.

    His management skills are lacking. I am already regretting my vote.

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  10. I here from lots of people Ridgewood has lots of drugs in school due to the hired non union help from inner cities and allowing those workers kids to go to Ridgewood schools for free since there parents work there. I know this first hand cause my 4 nephews going thru Ridgewood school system and lived in town 25 years.

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  11. Fishbein is too weak to answer some questions.
    I guess this is what passes for well regarded in education circles.
    Wouldn’t last a day in the real world.

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  12. He was just okay, mediocre. Ridgewood is not an easy district for him to work in however. A challenge for the best of us. I worked in Ridgewood for 25 + years (teaching and semi-administrative roles). While Dan was there, he was not terribly supportive of the teachers to be honest. Teachers are for the most part top notch, they deserve a stronger leader. Time for change on many levels.

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  13. Ridgewood has “A good school system” not because of the schools, it is because the parents can afford tutors.

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  14. Some answers are hilarious.

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  15. Love the non union inner city help comment. How one sided and ridiculous. You people are always looking for someone else to blame. Your are to weak and shallow to see its you that’s the problem.

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  16. “I here* from lots of people Ridgewood has lots of drugs in school due to the hired non union help from inner cities and allowing those workers* kids to go to Ridgewood schools for free since there*parents work there. I know this first hand* cause my 4 nephews going thru* Ridgewood school system and lived in town 25 years.”

    *hear
    *workers’
    *their
    *second hand(first hand does not mean “someone told me”)
    *through

    D- See me after class.

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  17. He got way too liberal the last 2 years.

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  18. Having raised two, now adult children In Ridgewood, we found it hard not to recognize that each and every one of their teachers and administrators were extraordinary. I know this because the kids did so well. And it’s tough to argue with this kind of success. Certainly Ridgewood parents, as a committed and unified (by their actions) support network brought a wave of quality to the table that underpins these successes as well.

    There is no doubt that any group of humans will generate different ideas and robust opinions . It’s called politics. The teachers who we were close to by virtue of their attentiveness to our kids, successfully navigated any political minefields with grace and a high degree of professionalism. No matter how tough the political challenges, each and every one put them aside and focused on the kids —all the kids. This is a legacy that we should all be proud of and rise above any temptations to carp about ideas or individuals who might not see things exactly our way.

    The good news is that we’re human. And the bad news is that we’re human. Deal with it. With the same grace and commitment that our teachers do. Every single day.

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  19. Hire someone from New York City that has a lot experience. The village of Ridgewood has changed dramatically. And believe me it’s not getting better it’s getting worse. And wait till all this new housing is completed. You’ll see the riffraff that’s going to be walking around. The village of Hackensack

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  20. His per-word pay rate apparently wasn’t sufficient.

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  21. Ridgewood has drugs because of kids from other towns bringing them in? Are you high? Ridgewood has had drugs for 50 years because rich parents give their kids an allowance that is equal to a janitors salary just for waking up each day. Blaming the poor kids for drugs is very Trumpish.

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  22. Passaic County guy born and raised here. I became familiar with “The Ridgewood Blog” ironically through other Passaic County residents, rather than some one from Ridgewood, let alone someone from Bergen County. We come here for laughs and entertainment. I am in my 30s and let me tell you. As a teenager in the 2000s… drugs were EVERYWHERE in the park! The joke in Passaic County was “Screw Paterson! You want drugs? Go to the park in Ridgewood on the main drag! Go behind Starbucks! You didn’t even need to look for it. I know this is something some of you might not be able to wrap your head around! I mean drugs!? Crime!? What do they think this is!? Passaic County!?! Go buy if off some trust fund kid, he is going to need extra beer money when Mommy and Daddy send him and the new Mercedes off to their Ivy League! That said I am not a drug user, but the irony and hilarity was not lost on us! I once observed a 15 year old (I was about the same age at the time) load a box of 12 long neck beer bottle into a backpack in the park. On another occasion I witnessed a man who was significantly older than most of us, ( I believe his name was Chris. Weird older guy hanging around little kids / teenagers – He was the clown who practically wore a parachute for a shirt) dip a cigarette in what he claimed was formaldehyde and on the exhale gleefully introduced some kid to what he called “Sherm”.

    ONLY IN RIDGEWOOD!

    Thanks for the laughs!

    Sincerely,

    Passaic County commoners that laugh at the expense of whiny, over privileged, elitist snobs, the rude wine moms, and their spoiled ass drug using children who probably have kept that addiction under wraps only because some “au pair” raised their kids rather.

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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  23. It’s beyond rediculous that every school in NJ is forced to hire one of these overpaid do nothing bureaucrats. All schools should cut their administrative staff in half.

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  24. If any of you had any guts or real convictions. You would not post anonymously .

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  25. I lived in Ridgewood 50 years ago. We used to buy drugs at the park because we had time and the money. Nothing has changed apparently.

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  26. “If any of you had any guts or real convictions. You would not post anonymously .”
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    I AGREE !

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  27. These comments are really sad. Drugs are everywhere. In the 50s it waa in harlem. Nobody cared. Now its all over in the subs. And now its a problem. Children use drugs rich children are hurting. Poor children are hurting and they need a crutch. The only answer to all of this is. JESUS. YOU NEED JESUS. NOT FOR A MASS. BUT FOR DELIVERANCE

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  28. Drug is a sport for all station of live people. Rich children adukys and poor children and adults. Nothing to do where you live. We are all humans. Depresssed and sad. Happy. No one is different. Drugs have no name. They choose to take drugs. All people. All station of life. Get a life

  29. Cut the administration ‘s salary in half. Put the money in the classrooms where it belongs.

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