Superintendent's News 2018-2019
On the superintendent's desk
Posted on 06/26/2019
This is the image for the news article titled On the superintendent's deskSuperintendent's Corner: June
Read Dr. Fishbein's remarks to the RHS Class of 2019 at graduation, which appeared as a newspaper column on June 21 in The Ridgewood News.

Superintendent's Corner: May
Read Dr. Fishbein's May newspaper column -- Why do our facilities matter -- published on May 31 in The Ridgewood News.

Extra Credit Letter
RHS Principal Dr. Tom Gorman wrote a letter to parents and guardians on May 21, 2019 following an incident brought to the attention of the Board of Education regarding extra credit at the high school.

Superintendent's Corner: April
Read Dr. Fishbein's April column -- It's finally spring! -- published on March 29 in The Ridgewood News.

RIDGEWOOD TALKS spoke with Dr. Fishbein about the 2019/2020 School Board Budget Vote. Listen in to learn all the details and please remember to exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, April 16.

Superintendent's Corner: March
Read Dr. Fishbein's March column -- Talking about the budget -- published on March 29 in The Ridgewood News.

Strategic Planning Initiative 2019-2024 
The Ridgewood Public Schools is embarking upon a strategic planning initiative to examine its strengths, challenges and opportunities. The public is encouraged to attend a public information session about the initiative, set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 at the Ridgewood High School Campus Center. In addition, a community survey has been created that can be accessed through the home page of the district website. The survey deadline is Monday, April 8.
Read more about the Strategic Planning Initiative.

Director of Special Programs submits resignation

Dr. Kim Buxenbaum will become the Director of Special Education for the State of New Jersey. Click here to read a letter from Dr. Fishbein sent on February 27, 2019.

Superintendent's Corner: February

Read Dr. Fishbein's February newspaper column -- Talking about the vote -- published on February 22 in The Ridgewood News.

Court issues opinion on Board of Education election dates

The judge ruled that board of education member terms may not be shortened. The full statement may be viewed here.

Polar Vortex prompts letter from the superintendent

Dressing carefully for the frigid weather is the topic of this letter from Dr. Fishbein, published January 30, 2019.

Superintendent's Corner: January

Read Dr. Fishbein's January newspaper column -- And now, for something new and completely different -- published on January 25 in The Ridgewood News.

Superintendent's Corner: December

Read Dr. Fishbein's December newspaper column -- The elf, the mensch and Imam Adam -- published on December 28 in The Ridgewood News.

MLK celebration events are announced

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committe of Ridgewood & Glen Rock has put together a full roster of events from Friday, January 18 through Monday, January 21. Click here for details.

Revised 2019-2020 school calendar adds snow days

The Ridgewood Board of Education has approved a revised 2019-20 calendar that includes two additional snow days. Please click here to take a look.

Bias incident prompts letter

Bias graffiti was found at the high school on December 3. Dr. Fishbein's  December 4, 2018 letter on the incident may be found here.

Superintendent's Corner: November

Read Dr. Fishbein's November newspaper column, A Thanksgiving Messagepublished on November 16 in The Ridgewood News.

Superintendent's Corner: October

Read Dr. Fishbein's October newspaper column, E-Posting: Channeling Emily Post, published on October 26 in The Ridgewood News. The Social Media Compact referenced in the column may be separately viewed here.

BOE - REA reach contract agreement

Dr. Fishbein wrote a letter on October 10 to announce the news.

Sexting incident prompts letter from Dr. Fishbein

This letter was sent home on October 10 to parents and guardians of students in grades 6-12. 

New security measures are outlined

Dr. Fishbein announced new safety measures for the district in this letter sent to parents and guardians in late September.

Superintendent's Corner: September 

Read Dr. Fishbein's September newspaper column, Welcome Back, published on September 28 in The Ridgewood News.

First Coffee & Conversation of the school year is October 10

Residents are invited for casual conversation with the Board of Education and Superintendent  Dan Fishbein on Wednesday night, October 10. The coffee will be brewing at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, from 7-8:30 p.m. for the first of two Coffee and Conversation nights this school year. Residents are invited to drop by with questions, suggestions and concerns about school-related topics of interest. The press release may be found here.

Dr. Fishbein presents Opening of School Report to the Board

At the September 17, 2018 BOE meeting, Dr. Fishbein recapped the summer projects and also reported on the first day of school. The presentation may be viewed here.

Dr. Fishbein answers questions on Board elections, process for capital projects

At the August 27 Board meeting, Dr. Fishbein presented the timeline for Ridgewood's Board of Education elections resulting from the public budget vote being restored by the Ridgewood Village Council.  This presentation may be viewed here.

Dr. Fishbein also presented information on the process for district capital projects. This presentation may be viewed here.

Willard School has classroom fire

A small fire that erupted in a classroom at Willard School on July 25 was quickly contained. Dr. Fishbein's letter to the community about this incident may be viewed here.

Calendar survey results are presented

At the July 16, 2018 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Fishbein presented the results of the spring calendar survey sent to district parents / guardians and staff. The Board discussed possible changes to the 2019-2020 calendar based on the survey results. The survey results may be viewed here


Letter on BOE-REA contract agreement (10.10.18)
Letter on sexting incident (10.10.18)
September 2018 letter on new safety system
September 2018 Superintendent's Corner column (10.01.18)
Coffee and Conversation Dates (9.27.18)
Letter on Willard School fire (7.25.18)