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Ridgewood Superintendent of Schools Acted on his own in Trustee Term Lawsuit

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Ridgewood NJ, on January 18th the Ridgewood blog reported that the Ridgewood Board of Education has launched a lawsuit by trustees with the sole purpose to extend their board  terms .  In Ridgewood Board Of Education Sues to Extend Board Member Terms (  http://theridgewoodblog.net/ridgewood-board-of-education-sues-to-extend-board-member-terms/  ) the Ridgewood blog reported , “that not wanting to face election in April and looking to extend their term they have launched a Ridgewood taxpayer financed lawsuit against the Bergen County and the New Jersey Commissioner of Education .” The Ridgewood blog has already questioned the  Ridgewood School Board Legislation and Advocacy  on many no reated issues to Ridgewood Schools.

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RIDGEWOOD BOARD OF EDUCATION STATEMENT REGARDING THE COMPLAINT FILED JANUARY 18, 2019 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, BERGEN COUNTY LAW DIVISION

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Ridgewood NJ, In July 2018, the Ridgewood Village Council adopted a resolution moving the annual school board elections from November to April. On April 16, 2019 Ridgewood voters will have the opportunity to vote on the annual school budget. The Board of Education is seeking clarification on the effect this change has on board member terms.

Board members are elected for three-year terms. Currently, all sitting board members were elected in November elections, those terms expire on the 31st of December of the third year of their term. With the change to April elections it unclear when current board member terms expire.

The Superintendent of Ridgewood Public Schools, on behalf of the Ridgewood Board of Education has filed a Verified Complaint against the County of Bergen and the New Jersey Commissioner of Education seeking clarification of the terms of all sitting board members. The Superintendent has filed the complaint because there are two differing points of view on board member terms. The opinion by the courts is that the term of a member of the Board of Education cannot be shortened. A response from a Bergen County official opined that those terms can be shortened.  Our goal in filing this complaint with the court is to have a response that will allow us to proceed according to law.  

It is expected that a decision will be made well in advance of the February 25, 2019 filing deadline for the April 2019 elections.

Any questions regarding this action should be addressed to the Superintendent and Board of Education at 201-670-2700 x10530.

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Ridgewood Board Of Education Sues to Extend Board Member Terms

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Ridgewood NJ, it appears the Ridgewood Board of Education trustees love to cling to their power , not wanting to face election in April and looking to extend their term they have launched a Ridgewood taxpayer financed lawsuit against the Bergen County and the New Jersey Commissioner of Education .

Board of Education Public Meeting  
January 28 2019 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Location  Education Center, 49 Cottage Place

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Ridgewood Board of Education Reorganization Summary

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BOARD REORGANIZATION

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF SCHOOL ELECTION (November 2018)
Candidates for Board – Three Year Term
Cristopher Kaufman: 4,579
B. Vincent Loncto: 3,055
Personal Choice: 29      

Total November Election Votes Cast: 11,400

SWEARING IN, NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS OF BOARD OFFICERS
Newly elected Board member Cristopher Kaufman was sworn in, followed by a roll call of the Board and nominations and election of a new Board president and vice president. Jennie Smith Wilson was elected President. James Morgan was elected Vice President.

PRESENTATIONS

BOARD GOALS UPDATE
Dr. Fishbein provided an update on the status of the Board goals at this mid-point in the school year, as follows: 

1) Negotiations with the REA have been completed with an approved REA contract; RAA negotiations will be starting;

 2) Identification of capital projects for a bond referendum will be starting with meeting with LAN Associates; 

3) Full-Day Kindergarten update will be presented to the Board at the April 29 meeting; 

4) Special Education Department study to be reported on this spring; 


5) Community Strategic Planning consultants are being interviewed at this time.

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Ridgewood Board Of Education Swears In Christopher Kaufman

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education swore in Christopher Kaufman as its newest member to a three year term and the board of education also elected their president and vice president today. Jennie Smith Wilson was elected president and James A Morgan was elected board vice president .

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Ridgewood Schools Audit Reports 2009-2017

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Ridgewood School Board Legislation and Advocacy

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Legislation and Advocacy

Contact information for legislators; Board testimony on pending legislation, resolutions approved by the Board in support/opposition of pending bills, and letters sent from Dr. Fishbein to legislators.

Board Resolutions in Support/Opposition to Legislation

Resolution Advocating Gun Control

Resolution for Improvement of PERS Pension Budgeting Information

Resolution for Regulatory Relief for America’s Schools

Resolution in Opposition to Moving the Annual School Election to November

Resolution in Opposition to Senate Bill 1872 and Assembly Bill 2810 “Opportunity Scholarship Act”

Resolution in Support of A1695

Resolution in Support of A3399/S2330 – The Option to Waive a Pupil’s Right to Transportation

Resolution in Support of National Principal’s Month

Resolution in support of Pension and Health Benefits Reform

Resolution in Support of the Allamuchy School District

Resolution in Support of the Restoration of 2009-2010 State School Aid Cuts

Resolution Opposing S1191/A3627 (Undermining a School Board’s Ability to Subcontract Services)

Resolution Opposing S2163 and A3696 (Requiring Binding Arbitration over Disciplinary Matters Involving Non-Teaching Staff)

Resolution Opposing Senate Bill S1459, Establishment of a County-Wide Purchasing System

Resolution Opposing the Proposed FY 2014 SDA Assessments

Resolution Opposing the Superintendent Salary Cap

Resolution Requesting Full Compensation for New State Staff and Administrator Evaluation Mandates

Resolution Seeking Amendment to Senate Bill 2925/Assembly Bill 4132 To Retain Local School Board and Superintendent Authority over Personnel Decisions

Resolution Seeking Amendment to TeachNJ – S1455 to Retain Board of Education and Superintendent Authority over Personnel Decisions

Resolution Supporting Paramus Public Schools

Resolution to Delay Use of the NJASK and PARCC Testing Data to Evaluate Teachers

Resolution to Support New Jersey Schools on the Enrollment of Resident Children

Superintendent’s Correspondence to/from Legislators

Correspondence from Assemblyman Rumana Regarding S1882

Correspondence from Assemblywoman Huttle Regarding the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights”

Correspondence to Assemblyman Burzichelli Regarding A1489,A4140, A4142 Regarding Prevailing Wage Legislation

Correspondence to Assemblyman Cryan and Assemblywoman Quijano Regarding A4058-School Shelter Grant Program

Correspondence to Assemblyman McKeon Regarding A3883-Establishment of Temperature Control Guidelines and Standards for School Facilities

Correspondence to Assemblymen Russo and Rumana, Senator O’Toole, and Governor Christie and Response from Assemblyman Rumana Regarding Resolution Supporting Paramus Public Schools

Correspondence to Senator Buono Regarding S3129-Evaluation Standards for Teacher Performance

Correspondence to Senator O’Toole and Assemblymen Rumana and Russo Regarding A3523 – Use of Interim Administrators

Correspondence to Senator O’Toole and Assemblymen Russo and Rumana Regarding S1872/A2810 Tax Credit/Voucher “Opportunity Scholarship Act” Bill

Correspondence to Senator Ruiz Regarding TEACHNJ

History of School Funding:

How To Contact Ridgewood District 40 Legislators

Opinion: Unfunded Mandates Weaken Anti-bullying Efforts

Proposed Amendments to Contracts of District Superintendents

Testimony Before the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee Re: FY 2015 State Budget

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Ridgewood Board of Education Reorganization/Public Meeting

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education Public Meeting   will be tonight January 7, 2019 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place .

At all regular meetings, two opportunities are provided for citizens to make comments. The public comment periods will be scheduled after presentations. or just prior to the end of the meeting, whichever occurs first. The first opportunity may be limited by the presiding officer . in order for the Board to continue with its scheduled agenda. The second opportunity will occur at the discretion of the presiding officer taking into consideration a break point in the agenda.

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The 2019-2020 Ridgewood Public Schools budget vote Tuesday, April 16,2019

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Ridgewood NJ, The 2019-2020 Ridgewood Public Schools budget will be voted on by registered voters in the Annual School Election on Tuesday, April 16.

The following links go directly to pages on the Bergen County website.

How to:

Register to vote
The registration deadline is 21 days before an election. The deadline for registering to vote in the Annual School Election (April 16) is Tuesday, March 26.

Vote by mail
A registered voter may apply for a Mail-in Ballot by mail up to seven days prior to the election, or apply in person until 3 p.m. on the day before the election. Mail-in Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received no later than 48 hours after polls close, or returned in person before the close of polls on Election Day. The deadline to apply by mail for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for the Annual School Election (April 16) is Tuesday, April 9. The deadline to apply in person at the County Clerk’s Office for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for the Annual School Election is Monday, April 15 at 3 p.m.

FAQs on voting
Answers to general questions on registering to vote and voting

Please note: The office of the Bergen County Superintendent of Elections is the primary source for full information on voting and elections. Please consult the Bergen County website for more information at https://www.co.bergen.nj.us/about-superintendent-of-elections.

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The Revised 2019-2020 Ridgewood School Calender

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Ridgewood NJ, the Revised 2019-2020 school calendar adds snow days
The Ridgewood Board of Education has approved a revised 2019-20 calendar that includes two additional snow days.

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