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Posted on 06/05/2017
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Makerspace Open House is June 14
The community is invited to check out the new Makerspace on Wednesday, June 14, from 5-8 p.m. at RHS Room 198, Click here for more information.

Superintendent's Corner: June Column
Click here to read "It's (almost) a Wrap," which appeared in The Ridgewood News on June 2, 2017.

BOE and Dr. Fishbein Host Residents for Coffee on May 17
The Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Daniel Fishbein will host residents for coffee and casual conversation on Wednesday, May 17. The casual meeting will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood. All residents are invited to drop in to share their thoughts, questions, suggestions and concerns.

Superintendent's Corner: May Column

Click here to read "Ah Spring: Buds and Budgets," which appeared in The Ridgewood News on May 5, 2017.

Dr. Fishbein Addresses the Topic of Teen Suicide
Click here to read an April 25, 2017 letter to parents and guardians on the topic of the Netflix series, 13 Reasons, and teen suicide. 

Superintendent's Corner: April Column
Click here to read "We Must Protect Our Public Schools," which appeared in The Ridgewood News on April 7, 2017.

Parent / Guardian Survey is Out
Ridgewood district parents and guardians will have the opportunity to provide anonymous feedback to the Board of Education in May, through a satisfaction survey distributed by email. Survey dates are May 8-19. Click here for details.

Superintendent's Monthly Column: What's Your Story?
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News, March 10 edition.

Preliminary 2017-2018 School Budget
At the March 6 Board of Education meeting, Business Administrator Dr. Alfredo Aguilar presented the preliminary 2017-2018 budget, which is based on a .97% local tax levy increase. The total preliminary budget is $105,565,593, which would mean a $184.39 annual tax increase on the average assessed Ridgewood home of $696,093.

Click here to view the preliminary budget presentation as a PDF.

Following discussion, the Board approved the following resolution for Adoption of the 2017-2018 Preliminary Proposed Budget for Submission to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools:

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Ridgewood Board of Education, to approve the 2017-2018 school district preliminary proposed budget, as follows, for submission to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools:  

There should be raised for the General Fund Tax Levy $91,519,173 for the ensuing School Year: (2017-2018). 

Budget Tax Levy
General Fund $ 100,503,229 $ 91,519,173
Special Revenue Fund $     1,378,767 $                 0
Debt Service Fund $     3,683,597 $   3,265,784
Total Budget $ 105,565,593 $ 94,784,957

2018-2019 School Calendar

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Full-day Kindergarten update from the BOE 2.27.17 meeting
Elementary school principals are getting ready for full-day Kindergarten this fall. The goal is to expand the day so that the children can have better time to apply what they are learning rather add more to the curriculum. There will be continuing professional development on May 12 for all teachers, including the newly hired, and six teachers will go to the Paramus Parkway School to observe the program there. Furnishings and libraries are also being carefully researched. Click here for the presentation.

A letter from Dr. Fishbein on inclusiveness in the Ridgewood Public Schools

Click here to read a letter from Dr. Fishbein sent on February 2, 2017.

A letter from Dr. Fishbein, Dr. Gorman, Mr. Orsini and Dr. Kashmanian
The superintendent and principals of RHS, BFMS and GWMS wrote a letter to middle school and high school parents and guardians regarding the uptick in abuse of prescription drugs by students. Click here to read the letter, which was sent on January 30.

Superintendent's January Column: New Year, New Website and New Ideas for Beating the Winter Blues 
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's January column for The Ridgewood News.

HIB District and School Grade Reports
Please click here to view the Ridgewood District and School Grade Report for 2015-16, a self-assessment required under the Anti-bullying Bill of Rights.