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As a resident of Ringwood, I can express my personal opinions on education on this site, but nothing expressed should be considered to be Ringwood Board of Education opinion or policy.  These opinions are mine and mine alone and are expressed to keep Ringwood taxpayers informed about my philosophies concerning education in Ringwood and New Jersey as a whole.

The Ringwood Board of Education has its most difficult job in front of it.  We must try to produce a balanced budget with less funding than we ever expected.  The boroughs 2010-2011 cut now totals about $1,250,000 of lost funding over the last three years.  Medical payments for the 2010-2011 year went up by more than $500,000 with significant adjustments expected for the following two years.  That puts us in a $2,000,000 hole before the board sits down to discuss budgets.  In addition, the board will be restricted to a 2% cap on increasing taxes.  There is a very good chance that the number of teachers will decrease and class sizes will increase.  This is the last thing that any school district wants to see, but we may not have any other choice.

During the new November election for board of education members, there seems to be a dearth of candidates to take the available board seats.  It will be interesting to see the direction education takes in Ringwood over the next couple of years.

This is old news, but so important for board members to grasp:

So many dreams have been brought to your doorstep. 

Don't let them lie there - Don't let them die there.”


I've had that statement on this web site since its inception.  There is really not much more that can be said to Ringwood Board of Education members.  All the educational dreams of the parents and the community rest on the shoulders of the Ringwood board members.  Their decisions make or break the system.


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