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Lenhard, Morgan Unchallenged for School Board Seats

Lack of citizen interest means the first uncontested Ridgewood school board race since 2010.

Incumbent Ridgewood school board members Jim Morgan and Michele Lenhard will be running unopposed in April, Board Secretary Angelo DeSimone said Monday.

Withstanding an unexpected dropout, both will serve a new three-year term. Lenhard was first elected to the village school board in 2007 and previously served as board president.

Poised to serve her third term, Lenhard thanked the public for their support.

"If elected I welcome the opportunity to represent the residents of this community for three more years," she said in an e-mail to Patch. "The experience gained as a sitting board member as well as the training provided by New Jersey School Boards has prepared me for the decisions facing our community."

Morgan was voted in last April for a one-year seat over former trustee Bob Hutton. The retired CFO has challenged administrators and fellow board members to start the budgeting process with a zero percent budget goal. He was unsuccessful.

Moragn was not immediately available for comment.

The deadline for candidates to file was 4 p.m. on Feb. 25. The upcoming school board election will be the first uncontested race since 2010.

Voters can still weigh in on the budget when polls open on Tuesday, April 16.

The school board controls about 65 percent of the local tax pie, significantly larger than the municipal and county governments.

Mikka H February 26, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Lack of citizen interest....and everyone wonders why so much crap goes down around here......ain't nobody watching the hen house.....
walt s. February 26, 2013 at 02:49 PM
It is truly unfortunate that a town such as Ridgewood can't draw challengers for BOE seats. Having served on the BOE here in my town I know it is a thankless job but it is still disheartening to see so many people unwilling to serve their community in an upper class town like Ridgewood. I am sure that many of those who fail to participate will be most willing to complain when things of which they disapprove are done by the BOE. Walt S. http://teachersdontsuck.blogspot.com/
RdgwdGRock February 26, 2013 at 08:29 PM
she looks like Deanna Troi on ST-TNG
STB February 27, 2013 at 02:26 AM
I met Jim Morgan at a cookie/coffee BOE meeting a few weeks ago. Until then, I had never been to a BOE meeting. He generously took a good deal of time explaining to me the intricacies of Ridgewood's budget as well as school safety. I was genuinely impressed with his intelligence and passion on all things school. I am grateful someone who doesn't need to run for the BOE stuck his neck out and ran.

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