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The Ridgewood blog Endorses Dani, Kwak, Lembo for Ridgewood Board of Education

PJ Blogger and the Staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education Election (to vote on the Board of Education budget and elect one Board of Education member for an unexpired 1-year term and two Board of Education members to three-year terms) and the Ridgewood Municipal Election (to elect three Village Council members to 4-year terms) will be held on the same date, May 12, 2020.  These elections will be a Vote by Mail election only.  There will be two separate ballots in the envelope sent to you, one for the Board of Education and the second one for the Village Council.  Vote by mail ballots will be mailed to all registered voters, no later than April 24, 2020.  The Vote by Mail ballots must be postmarked by May 12, 2020 and received at the County by May 14, 2020.  Therefore, please vote your ballot and mail it back, as soon as possible so that your vote will count.  The envelopes included with the ballots are postage paid.

Since 2006 the Ridgewood blog has chronicled the Ridgewood School board plunge from one fiasco  to the next . From early days of the “math moms” and TERC math , to the original Orchard field ,”tell your kids don’t eat the dirt” ,toxic waste , to the turf field in a flood zone battle , to the Marty Brooks stupidity , to school promoted virtue signaling walkouts, to the over spending and over the top budget proposals one thing has remained constant , the Ridgewood Board of Educations unwillingness to listen to Taxpayers , parents and students .

In recent years  it has finally caught up and the entire Village has suffered from a rash of stupid decisions made or promoted by the Village council and the Ridgewood School Board over the last 15 years .These ill informed inept decisions coupled with state financial irresponsibility and changes in federal tax laws have placed the Village of Ridgewood and the Ridgewood School district  in a very tenuous situation.

Times have changed dramatically. The time is now for action and the first stop on that agenda is to hire a school board that will actually listen to the very people it serves . So at this time the Ridgewood blog endorses Dani, Kwak, Lembo for Ridgewood Board of Education .  All three have demonstrated their willingness to listen , an understanding of the Ridgewood School issues  and a commitment to the Village of Ridgewood.

Michael Lembo has a long history of public service , Hyunju Kwak is a highly educated  and a product of New Jersey public schools and most readers know or know of Saurabh Dani , who sums up our attitude best in his own words, “My goal is to ensure that the best education possible is provided to district students. It is critically important that decisions are made with complete transparency. Taxpayers’ concerns and rights must be respected and appropriately responded to. As a community member, I have been a strong and consistent advocate for this, committing countless hours of my time to learn about BOE business and participating in discussions of these important issues. As a BOE trustee, I would work tirelessly for the entire community to ensure that these standards are met.”

The team of Dani, Kwak, Lembo is devoid of the usually special or micro special interests that have dominated Ridgewood politics since the 1990’s .  Dani, Kwak, Lembo have demonstrated 3 important qualities  the combination of which has been lacking on the the Ridgewood Board of Education  for some time , They are : quality education before personal interest, interest in listening and responding to the public  and finally ability to work .

Their platform reads like a Ridgewood blog wish list :

Deliver a quality education for all Ridgewood students
Provide our children and staff with a safe and secure learning environment
Respect community input: keep taxpayers’ right to vote on the school budget representing nearly 70% of our local tax bill, and respond appropriately at public meetings
Perform a top-to-bottom review of the budget, and consider sharing similar services with the Village to reduce costs
Establish a robust multi-year vision with benchmarks for community feedback and self-assessment

The key being ,”Respect community input: keep taxpayers’ right to vote on the school budget representing nearly 70% of our local tax bill, and respond appropriately at public meetings”    With a $115 million school budget the school board vote has the single largest impact on peoples lives in the Village of Ridgewood and for those of you who sense the Village for what ever reason has taken a wrong turn and heading  in the wrong direction this is your chance to start the process of  righting the ship.

11 thoughts on “The Ridgewood blog Endorses Dani, Kwak, Lembo for Ridgewood Board of Education

  1. My kids have been out of school now for quite awhile, I don’t know any of these folks…

  2. we’ll see…

  3. I don’t know the + or – for any of them.
    Thats why I rely upon the blog in a situation such as this.
    I do not nor have I ever had kids in school, I just subsidize those who do

  4. These three are superior. No question

  5. Why would we vote for someone who’s kids don’t even go to ridgewood schools, ms kwack

  6. Taxpayer, how ridiculous you are. You intentionally misspelled Ms. Kwak’s name. Her children go to a special school for their talent in music, something that happens to children who have particular interests. My own daughter went to a performing arts school. This does not make Ms. Kwak unfit to serve on the Board of Education. If anything, it makes her MORE qualified because she has a broader knowledge of how schools can operate. And for your uneducated information, Wilson’s kids did not go to Ridgewood Schools, Morgan does not currently have kids in the schools, Brogan does not either. Hats off to Ms. Kwak for stepping up to serve when she does not have children of her own who will directly benefit. She has my vote. So does Mr. Dani and Mr. Lembo.

  7. Taxpayer – The way I understand it is that her kids did go to Ridgewood Schools – until her daughter started to perform on broadway – and needed special scheduling accommodation which is not offered by public schools. Her daughter has performed in over 500 shows on broadway and that needed flexibility.

  8. and Taxpayer – what’s the alternative here – vote for someone (kwak’s opponent – Mahmoud) who flipped his vote on a 95M bond in exchange for a religious holiday? We can do better.

  9. Lembo cheats on his wife.

  10. I reported Lembo on his infidelities multiple times and this blog will not report the comments. He is a dirty cop and a horrible husband and this blog will not report it. It clearly is one sided. He used the PBA instagram account to contact women he met on Tinder. But he has power as a police officer and influence on this blog. Dirty blog and dirty cop.

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