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Kaufman Motion to Strip Ridgewood School Board of All Oversight Fails

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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 .

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HyunJu Kwak for Ridgewood Board of Education

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 hjkwakforboe@gmail.com or message me for any questions and concerns.
Sincerely,
HyunJu Kwak

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The Ridgewood Board of Education meets on September 13,  2021 at 7:00 PM for a Regular Public Meeting

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education meets on September 13,  2021 at  7:00 PM for a Regular Public Meeting at the Education Center.

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Susan Madison Candidate for Ridgewood Board of Education Introduces Herself

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“Our students have been deprived of the opportunity to experience “normal” schooling for 17 months. Now is the time to focus on the challenges ahead, not relitigate the past. We have a 5-member elected board that has the responsibility of getting our students back to the normalcy and excellence they deserve and that Ridgewood is known for. This is what the residents of Ridgewood expect from their elected BOE members and the reason they selected Ridgewood as their home.”

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Did Ridgewood School Board Members withheld Toxic Orchard field noncompliance info from the parents for 6 months?

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Ridgewood NJ, in 2007  Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Detected at Orchard School which would require remediation . At the time the often quoted Ridgewood Board of Education Supporter made the comment, “tell your kids don’t eat the dirt” .

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American Academy of Pediatrics Recommended that all Children over the Age of 2 Wear Masks when Returning to School

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education discussed additional ways to disseminate important communications to parents and whether or not masks will be required on school busses. For NJ Transit masks are STILL REQUIRED onboard vehicles and inside enclosed stations, but are no longer required on outdoor platforms or at bus stops.

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2020-2021 Ridgewood Student Performance Review

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Ridgewood NJ, at the Ridgewood Board of Education meeting  data presented comparing three different school years : 2018-2019 traditional school year, 2019-2020 in person through March with fully remote spring, and 2020-2021 hybrid and remote instruction. During the pandemic, shifts were made to methods of instructional delivery and assessment. The student performance data presented was based on Fountas and Pinell reading levels (K-5), Envision 2.0 math scores (K-5), student grades in all subject areas (6-12), and teacher feedback through summer professional development.

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Consider a Ridgewood School Board Candidacy!

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Ridgewood NJ, Congratulations! You have taken the first step toward filling a vital role for your community – that of a school board member.

NJSBA’s Candidate Kit provides vital resources (downloadable PDFs listed below), as well as links to important websites for anyone considering running for their local school board.

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Ridgewood Schools will be open for full-time, in-person instruction and lunch, with the goal of operating at pre-pandemic norms for 2021-2022 school year

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Ridgewood NJ, a few hours before the Board meeting, Governor Murphy announced that masks will be optional in the fall; however, the District has not yet received any specific guidance. As a result, some of the information in the presentation regarding school operations and scenarios for the 2021-2022 school year is already outdated. Schools will be open for full-time, in-person instruction with lunch, and the goal is to operate at pre-pandemic norms. Modifications have been made to health and safety protocols and will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Should districts be authorized to make decisions on a local level, RPS will collaborate with the VOR Health Department, School Physician, and District Mental Health Coordinator to determine local guidelines.

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Ridgewood Public Schools Expected to Receive Approximately $1.1 million from the American Rescue Plan

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Ridgewood NJ, at Monday’s Ridgewood Board of Education meeting, the requirements for the American Rescue Plan Federal Grant were presented. The ARP (American Rescue Plan) Act provides $122 billion in funding to states and school districts to facilitate the reopening and safe operation of schools. The portion expected for Ridgewood Public Schools is approximately $1.1 million. How the grant can be spent is still being determined by the federal government. As more information about allowable uses of these funds becomes available, plans will be developed with community input and communicated.
The first step in acquiring our allocation is to provide information to the state and federal government on specific areas of our operation (Safe Return Plan), allow public comment, and then include these summaries on the first phase of the application. The Safe Return Plan template addresses eight (8) areas of operation, which are as follows:

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NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS DECIDE HOW TO SPEND FEDERAL FUNDS, VOTERS STATEWIDE DEMAND INCLUSIVE, TRANSPARENT PROCESS

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Ridgewood NJ, As the New Jersey Department of Education recently announced grant amounts to school districts from the American Rescue Plan, Newark-based non-profit Project Ready commissioned a poll by Change Research of 1,215 New Jersey voters to understand how residents want to see the funding used and how they’d like to see school districts engage community members to inform local decision making. By a large margin, parents want school districts to engage in an inclusive, transparent process.`

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Ridgewood Board of Education and the Ridgewood Education Association Come to Terms

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, approved  a Memorandum of Agreement, subject to mutually agreed-upon contract language, establishing the terms and conditions for a successor collective negotiations agreement between the Ridgewood Board of Education and the Ridgewood Education Association (REA), effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024.

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Regular Public Meeting of the Ridgewood Board of Education will be held on 5-24-21

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Ridgewood NJ, The Board of Education meets on May 24, 2021 at 6:00 PM for an Executive Session and 7:00 PM for the Regular Public Meeting at the Education Center.

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The Ridgewood Board of Education Regular Public Meeting on April 26, 2021 at 7pm

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education meets on April 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM for an Executive Session and at 7:00 PM for the Regular Public Meeting at the Education Center.

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