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2018-2019 Ridgewood Teacher Recognition Winners

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Ridgewood NJ, The Board of Education announces the following winners for the 2018-2019 Teacher Recognition Program:
Educational Services Professional    Karen Coates
Hawes School    Joseph Staunton
Orchard School    Maria Sullivan
Ridge School    Jill Marmo
Somerville School    Kathryn Droske
Travell School    Dawn Fleming
Willard School    Wesley Halter
Benjamin Franklin Middle School    Lisa Sutera
George Washington Middle School    Vanessa Kabash
Ridgewood High School    Charles Appel

The Ridgewood Teacher Recognition Award Reception will be held at the Education Center on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. for the award recipients, their families, school parents, teachers, and friends.  Each of the award recipients will receive a stipend of $500 ($250 awarded by the individual Home and School Association and $250 by the Board) for use in their classrooms next year. 

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Reader says ,”Funny how teachers & staff only go to a board meeting when THEIR interests are effected “

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Funny how teachers & staff only go to a board meeting when THEIR interests are effected, for example, when THEIR contract expired. How come they don’t appear at other Board Meetings? Funny how RBOE isn’t in the top 10 public school districts according the the State of NJ. Keep paying those high taxes for tenured teachers that can’t get reprimanded or fired. The teachers union sounds more like mafia. How about Ridgewood teachers spend a day in Newark or Jersey City classroom and see what a REAL school day is like.

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Reader says ,”School will focus on education and the parents should focus on the child’s deviant behavior”

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Unfortunate that it happened at school. RHS is not responsible, the student is. RHS did not raise this child. I take responsibility for my children. They are wonderful kids and I raised them well. The district educated them as per state guidelines.
Shameful behavior and deserves to be addressed by school in some manner. School will focus on education and the parents should focus on the child’s deviant behavior. Vandalism is a crime and child should be turned over when she is identified.

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Yes , Ridgewood Schools have a Teacher Contract

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Ridgewood NJ, the on again off gain teachers agreement is on again ,on November 19th the Ridgewood Education Association announced the REA and the Ridgewood Board of Education once again have reached a tentative agreement regarding a contract settlement.

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The Ridgewood Board of Education (BOE) and the Ridgewood Education Association’s (REA) negotiating teams signed a Memorandum of Agreement on October 9, 2018

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Ridgewood NJ, The BOE Negotiations Committee has issued the following statement:

The Ridgewood Board of Education (BOE) and the Ridgewood Education Association’s (REA) negotiating teams signed a Memorandum of Agreement on October 9, 2018. That agreement states that “Salary distribution and salary guide construction shall be mutually arrived at by the parties and are subject to Board approval.”

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Ridgewood Education Association : Board of Education no longer in agreement with the contract settlement

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Ridgewood Education Association , “Last week we were notified by the Board of Education that they are no longer in agreement with the contract settlement negotiated with the assistance of a state appointed mediator on Oct. 9. The issue pertains to the new salary guides that by agreement must be agreed upon by both parties. We submitted guide proposals to the Board on Oct. 10 and they waited almost three weeks to tell us they found them unacceptable and that they have a misunderstanding as to what the settlement actually means. Upon first learning this on Oct. 30 we informed the Board how we interpret the settlement and met again with the Board’s negotiating team on Friday to reiterate that point. Tonight the Board has indicated they need even more time to approve the settlement. We find this unacceptable and as such we find ourselves back at an impasse and potentially back at the negotiating table. Ridgewood’s teachers and secretaries have now been working for 128 days under an expired contract. Email Board President Vince Loncto at viloncto@ridgewood.k12.nj.us and tell him to honor the agreement and settle now! “

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Ridgewood High Schools Academic Decline

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the NJ Department of Education since 2008 Ridgewood High School’s ranking has declined from number 7 over all to number 36 . In the same 10 year period the Ridgewood school budget has nearly doubled to a whopping $110,000,000.

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Ridgewood Teachers 8th Highest Paid in Bergen County and 31st Highest Paid in the Garden State

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Ridgewood NJ, The state Department of Education recently released its annual Taxpayer’s Guide to Education Spending for 2018, which shows the median salary in every New Jersey school district and charter school.

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You Better Support Your Teachers , Ridgewood !

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Parents time to kiss up , the Ridgewood Education Association wants you to show your support , for Ridgewood teachers  and secretaries by displaying a lawn sign. Pickup anytime at 348 S Irving Street( on the porch). Remember if you want those recommendation letters you better step up !

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Reader says Teacher constant complaining is tiring

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Anyone teaching in the Ridgewood School System should be thankful that they are earning above average salaries in addition to the benefits and pension all NJ teachers receive. The whining is getting old. If you don’t like the arrangement, find another job. Teaching is a very difficult job and I could not be a teacher. I don’t begrudge them their packages but the constant complaining is tiring. As the above poster said, “You just had the summer off.” You should be refreshed. Try having 2 or 3 weeks off a year as your only respite from the daily grind!