the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, at Monday nights Ridgewood Board of Education meeting , Board member Chris Kaufman made a motion to give the Superintendent and administration the authority to approve vendors in time of essence repairs, this would have effectively made the school board irrelevant and removed the last bit of oversite over the public schools .
Last year residents opted in favor of no longer voting on the school budget . Losing the budget vote right before the district goes into a multi year spending plan to incorporate additional students from the high density housing in the central business district puts addition pressure for the Ridgewood Board of Education to do clarify spending priorities.
Budget votes gave the taxpayer an additional opportunity to discus and support school spending priorities which is no longer the case in Ridgewood . Property values are a function of property taxes ie…spending and school performance ie …student achievement.
Fortunately the Board discussed the Kaufman motion and following the discussion, Mr. Kaufman rescinded his motion.