the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, vote by mail election ballots should arrive by October 6th . Ridgewood voters have an opportunity to reaffirm their right to vote and pass judgement on the massive $115 million Ridgewood school budget. Residents are told over and over the Village of Ridgewood is a place people come to for the schools . The Ridgewood school system enjoys an excellent reputation, and is known for its “Tradition of Excellence” .Ridgewood voters have enjoyed the right to pass judgement and confirm spending and management decisions by the Board of Education.
This year a group known as “One Village One Vote” is attempting to take away that right to scrutinize BOE and administration decisions by voters . The voter disenfranchisement campaign is brought to you by some of the same group of people who haphazardly promoted high density housing are involved in filtering dissenting opinions of residents and are attempting to forcibly remove minority board of education members because they don’t know their place ask too many questions.
Recently village residents learned the board of education had swept under the rug a remediation project at Orchard field . Toxins were discovered in 2007 and board of education supporters at the time commented on this blog, “tell your kid, don’t eat the dirt”. 13 years later the NJ Department of Environmental Protection has forced a clean up.
This is only the most recent example where clearly more school district oversight is necessary not less.
It’s very simple to “consolidate” elections into November , residents would be giving up their right to vote on school budgets . Why , because the School year has already started in September and a November vote would confirm what’s already been agreed upon . The school budget like any large budget must be confirmed before the school year starts . A November vote would be too far in advance for next September’s school year , just think of 2020 , in November of 2019 did anyone foresee COVID19 ?.
With this in mind the Ridgewood blog urges all residents to VOTE NO on “consolidation” and preserve your right to vote and pass judgement on the massive $115 million Ridgewood School budget representing 2/3 of your property taxes.