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Ridgewood Schools 2021-2022 County Approved Budget Adds a 1.99% Tax Increase

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Ridgewood NJ, on Monday night Ridgewood School Board meeting , Superintendent Dr. Gorman and School Business Administrator Mr. Bisig presented the 2021-2022 County Approved Budget, beginning with highlights about the district and a sampling of achievements and honors. Ms. Poelstra the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum shared how the budget supports the academic program and reviewed curriculum updates to align with revised New Jersey Student Learning Standards for science, visual and performing arts, world languages, and career readiness, life literacies, and key skills. She reviewed areas of focus for professional development which support the goals and objectives of the RPS Strategic Plan and provided examples of innovative academic programming in the district, such as AP Capstone, Ridgewood Academy for Health Professions (RAHP), Career Pathways in Medicine Program (CPM), and a variety of STEAM and other interdisciplinary offerings.


The 2021-2022 budget provides necessary district staff, academic offerings, extra-curricular activities, and transportation; improves the instructional program and meets contractual obligations; addresses school safety; responsibly maintains our buildings and grounds; stays within the guidelines of the New Jersey Statutory State caps; and maintains fiscally responsible budget guidelines.

Mr. Bisig reviewed the approved key appropriations, as well as anticipated revenue. The general fund tax levy increase is 1.99%. Details can be found on the Tax Impact slide. Proposed summer capital projects include electrical upgrades to Ridgewood High School, track resurfacing at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, and replacement of outdated pneumatics controls at Somerville Elementary School, Willard Elementary School, and the Education Center. A breakdown of the IT budget was provided.

  • Click here to view the PDF of the presentation.
  • Click here to view the video of the presentation and scroll to 28:28.

One thought on “Ridgewood Schools 2021-2022 County Approved Budget Adds a 1.99% Tax Increase

  1. People are leaving in droves.
    I have a great idea… let’s raise taxes… that will fix it!

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