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Office of the Superintendent
Dr. Daniel Fishbein is the superintendent of the Ridgewood Public Schools. The office of the superintendent is located on the third floor of the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place. 

Contact Dr. Fishbein at:   201-670-2700, ext. 10530
                                            dfishbein@ridgewood.k12.nj.us

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent:  Kathleen Kiedaisch
                                                                            201-670-2700, ext. 10530
                                                                             kkiedaisch@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
                                                                             (Fax)  201-670-2668
Public Information Officer: Debra Anderson
                                          201-670-2700, ext. 10555
                                          danderson@ridgewood.k12.nj.us


Mailing Address:  Ridgewood Public Schools
                            The Education Center
                            49 Cottage Place
                             Ridgewood, NJ  07451


Welcome to the Ridgewood Public Schools
A Message from the Superintendent


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Ridgewood Public Schools. As the largest school system in Bergen County, the Ridgewood district comprises ten schools, including one housing our pre-k handicapped program; six elementary schools (K-5); two middle schools (6-8); and one high school (9-12). Of the district’s approximately 500 teachers and administrators, 65% have Master’s degrees and 5% hold doctorates.

Ridgewood Public Schools deliver a high quality education focusing on maximizing the potential of every learner. The district is continually recognized on state and national levels for school and individual achievements. Our students consistently score extremely well on state and national tests and above state and district factor groups. The district’s more than 5800 students all have an opportunity to succeed under the tutelage and guidance of a dedicated, professional faculty and administration. In addition, all students are taught in a technologically advanced setting and are provided with numerous opportunities to excel in the formal classroom and extracurricular activities, including the arts, athletics, student publications, and academic competitions.

The Ridgewood Public Schools district is governed by a five-member Board of Education. Members are elected to rotating three-year terms by the voting public.


HOT OFF THE PRESS: rps.eNews 4.08.14

rps.eNews is the district's electronic newsletter that is e-mailed approximately twice a month, following Board of Education meetings. It contains news of the Board, events of interest to the RPS community, student and teacher honors and awards, and notices of upcoming village-wide activities.

Click here to read the April 8 issue.

Click here to subscribe or unsubscribe to rps.eNews.

SUPERINTENDENT'S MARCH COLUMN IS OUT
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's March column for The Ridgewood News, "The Cost of Excellence," which appeared on March 28, 2014.







Dr. FISHBEIN CO-AUTHORS OP-ED ON STANDARDIZED TESTING

Click here to read a Star Ledger Op-Ed piece that appeared on NJ.com on March 24, 2014, "Delaying new standardized testing would benefit schools, students." The piece was co-authored by Dr. Fishbein and Riverdell Regional Superintendent Patrick J. Fletcher.
3.20.14: LETTER FROM THE RIDGEWOOD CHIEF OF POLICE

3.20.14: Ridgewood Chief of Police John Ward has issued a safety message to parents and guardians about recent attempted luring incidents in Bergen County. Please click here to read the letter, which was distributed by Dr. Fishbein today.
BOARD APPROVES 2014-2015 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Click here to view the 2014-2015 School Calendar, approved by the Ridgewood Board of Education on March 17, 2014. The calendar reflects a change in the number of days given for February break in order to end school earlier in June.

2014-2015 SCHOOL BUDGET INFORMATION
 March 11, 2014 – Superintendent of Schools Dr. Daniel Fishbein has announced three public presentations on the 2014-2015 school budget. The presentations will offer residents the opportunity to hear the budget details and ask questions of the superintendent, business administrator and Board of Education members.
 
The 2014-2015 school budget presentations will be offered as follows: Thursday, April 10 at 1 p.m. at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3; Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium, 335 North Van Dien Avenue; and Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at George Washington Middle School Auditorium, 155 Washington Place.
 
Taking effect this year, the Ridgewood Board of Education has opted to move the annual school board elections from April to November, thereby eliminating the public vote on the proposed general tax levy if it is at or below the statutory tax levy cap. Since next year’s proposed budget falls within the mandated cap, it will not be put to public vote.
 
The Board will continue to discuss the proposed budget at upcoming regular public meetings on March 17, April 7 and April 28. Residents are welcome to attend these meetings and speak at the public comment portion of the agenda. The Board is expected to approve the final budget at its Regular Public Meeting on Monday, April 28.

Click here to view the 2014-2015 Preliminary Budget Presentation presented at the April 7, 2014 Regular Public meeting.

To send a question or comment about the 2014-2015 school budget, please email the superintendent at budget15@ridgewood.k12.nj.us.

2.20.14: LETTER FROM DR. FISHBEIN REGARDING APRIL RECESS
Click here to read a letter from Dr. Daniel Fishbein regarding changes to the April Recess due to excess snow days to date. Ridgewood schools will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday -- April 14, 15, 16.



1.29.14: NJ SCHOOL PERFORMANCE REPORTS ARE OUT

Click here to read a letter from Dr. Fishbein to parents and guardians regarding the 2012-2013 school performance reports.

Click here to access the links to the 2012-2013 performance reports for the Ridgewood schools.


1.28.14: FAQs ON THE DISTRICT'S FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation made by Superintendent Dr. Daniel Fishbein at the January 27, 2014 Regular Public Meeting of the Ridgewood Board of Education, providing answers to questions raised by the public on outside vendors, food service provider contracts and the district lunch program.


BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS MONDAY, April 28, 2014

The Board of Education will hold their next Regular Public Meeting on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Board of Education meetings are held on the third floor of the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ. The public is welcome to attend, or to watch live via the district website's "Link in Live" tab. Live streaming is also available on FiOS channel 33 and Optimum channel 77.

Click here to view the agenda for the April 7, 2014 Joint Meeting with the Village Council and Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the webcast of the April 7, 2014 Joint Meeting with the Village Council and Regular Public Meeting.



Click here to view the 2014-2015 Preliminary Budget Presentation presented at the April 7, 2014 Regular Public meeting.







Contact Us
+ Dr. Daniel Fishbein, Superintendent of Schools
+ Ms. Debra Anderson, Public Information Officer
+ Ms. Kathleen Kiedaisch, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
Click on name to see details.
Superintendent's Pages
This folder contains Board and District goals for the current and prior school years, and reports relating to the achievement of those goals.
Archives of regular and special public meetings of the Ridgewood Board of Education
Superintendent's File Cabinet
 Board of Education Meeting Agendas
Agendas for the 2010-2011 and prior school years
 Board of Education Meeting Minutes
Minutes of Board of Education meetings for the 2010-2011 and prior school years
 Board of Education Meeting Webcasts
Links to Web casts of Board of Education meetings from January 28, 2008 to July 20, 2009. Also included are links to special events: Teacher Recognition ceremony 2010 and forum on "Preparing Our Students to be Leaders of Tomorrow."
 District Calendars
Revised 2013-2014 Academic Calendar (6.10.13) and official list of religious holidays for 2013-2014. Also included is the 2014-2015 School Calendar, approved by the Ridgewood Board of Education on March 17, 2014.
 Legislative Matters
Correspondence, resolutions and other materials relating to the state education scene.
 Strategic/Community Planning
District/Community Planning Goals for 2011-2014 and action plans and programs.
 Superintendent's Corner Columns
Dr. Fishbein is a regular contributor to "The Ridgewood News," writing a monthly column called "The Superintendent's Corner." This folder contains Dr. Fishbein's archived columns.
 Superintendent's Correspondence
Letters to Ridgewood Public Schools parents/guardians and staff, and Letters to the Editor.
 Superintendent's Remarks
Speeches and other formal remarks

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