the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, resident Steve Kim posted the following comment on Facebook, “Many of you remember how painful it was when Ahronson, Hauck and Pucciarelli gave away the soul of Ridgewood to the developers. If you need a reminder, just drive around downtown. Soon enough school enrollment will exhibit the net effect. That all started with what seemed innocuous at first. One Vote is a second coming attempt to get the better of the residents, and to realize the vision the original group pined for. You don’t have to believe me. I do urge you to do a careful inspection of what is happening before permanently signing away your rights. There is more to this than meets the eye.”
The voter suppression and disenfranchisement campaign of One Village One Vote continues to promote an erroneous misrepresentation of your $115 million Ridgewood Public School Budget .Obviously a campaign promoting giving up your school budget vote represents some unspecified unnamed agenda .
Clearly recent protests in Ridgewood show a serious shortfall in the direction and quality of the Ridgewood School District and the need for far more outside supervision .As the huge high density developments come to fruition in the Village of Ridgewood the potential for the need of significant upgrades in school infrastructure ie…more classrooms will become even more obvious.The recent bullying and field remediation scandals that have plagued the Ridgewood School system of late once again also call for more oversight not less.
Under these circumstances the question then remains , “who in the world would sign away your right to vote and pass judgement on a $115 million (YOUR MONEY) school budget”?
New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Fiscal Policy and Planning Dates for 2020 School Election and Budget Procedures
Deadline to Adopt Budget Friday, April 03, 2020 Last day to adopt budget prior to election. At or after the public hearing, but no later than 18 days prior to the April school election, the board shall fix and determine by roll call majority vote of the full membership the amount of money to be raised. Note: The potential gap of time between the public hearing held by March 30 and the adoption date is statutory and allows the board additional time to meet to adopt the budget after the public hearing on the budget has been held. To clarify, this gap does not give the board statutory authority to make changes to the advertised budget which were not specifically discussed specifically and in detail at the public hearing shall not be included in the adopted budget.Any revenue and appropriation changes that were not At or after the public hearing, not less than 18 days prior to the April election date N.J.S.A. 18A:22-32
Board of School Estimate – Determination of Budget Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Last day for the board of school estimate of a Type II district with a board of school estimate to adopt a tax certificate for the budget. Not later than April 8 each year. Board of School Estimate – Certification and Raising of Appropriations for Budget Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Last day for the board of school estimate of a Type II district with a board of school estimate to deliver to county board of taxation and governing body the tax certificate for the budget for the ensuing school year. April 15 each year N.J.S.A. 18A:22-26
School Election Date – Districts Voting in April Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Annual school election for those districts not electing to change the school election to November. Polls shall be open between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and during any additional time which the school board may designate between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Third Tuesday in April N.J.S.A. 19:60- 1 and 19:15-2
Board of Education Certification of Results April Elections Within two days following certification of election results Last day for board of education to certify to the county board of taxation the amount approved by voters to be raised for the ensuing school year. Within two days following certification of election results N.J.S.A. 18A:22-33
Defeated Budget Within two days following certification of election results Last day for a board of education to deliver to the governing body the proposed budget that the voters defeated. 2 days after certification of election results N.J.S.A. 18A:22-37 and 18A:13-19
First Regular Meeting of Board – April Election districts Monday, April 27, 2020 – Sunday, May 10, 2020 All Type II boards of education including all regional districts shall organize annually on any day of the first or second week following the annual school election. Each board of education shall organize annually at a regular meeting held not later Any day of the first or second week following the annual school election. Since election results are not official until County Canvassers meet on the Monday after the election, N.J.S.A. 18A:10-3