Dear Ridgewood Community,
The pandemic-related challenges seem to be ever-morphing, but commitments by parents, teachers, administrators and the whole community to maintain scholastic excellence for our students remain steadfast. There is much work to be done to ensure that students and teachers are given the resources to excel as the school returns to normalcy. My goal, as always, is to advocate for the students of our district and work for the Ridgewood community at large, so that our crown jewel continues to shine and that the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars are allocated effectively and efficiently. In order to stay on this mission, I am seeking re-election to the Board of Education this November 2nd.
In the words of Mr. Rogers, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond.” I feel deeply in my heart that this is my time to respond for Ridgewood and to keep working for the students and the community.
Thank you and please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me for any questions and concerns.
Achieved in just one year:
*As Chair of the Negotiations Committee, I led the settlement of the teacher union contract before its expiration for the first time in 18 years. This resolution removed any potential distraction, so that teachers and the whole school community could better focus on our student needs.
*Worked with administration toward safe reopening of schools in fall 2020 and back to pre-pandemic schedules for 2021.
*Find efficiencies, including identifying over $108,000 in funds for tax relief and reducing over $600,000 in spending without impacting academics or programs.
*Maintain fiscal discipline by stabilizing Board of Ed taxes in 2021, limiting tax increase to less than 2%.
*Appointed a new Superintendent of Schools and a new Business Administrator.
Going forward goals:
*Keep schools fully open safely.
*Provide educational and mental health support, continue to focus on the curriculum, exceed NJ Department of Education scholastic benchmarks and continue our own tradition of excellence.
*Ensure optimal allocation of funds, respecting the contributions of the taxpayers at large.