School Enrollment on the Rise in Ridgewood

District reports 52 more students enrolled in Ridgewood schools than last September. Twenty-seven new teachers and instructors are also in the village, according to superintendent's report

The county's largest school district is getting bigger – according to enrollment figures, Ridgewood has 5,872 students, 52 more than had walked the halls in Sept. 2011.

Per data presented by Superintendent Daniel Fishbein in his opening of school report made to the board of education, the biggest enrollment swings come from the middle schools and high school.

While enrollment at took a dive, dropping 38 students, counterpart gained 37 students. There are also 29 more students at the this September, the data notes.

There were no notable enrollment changes at or elementary schools, but gained 18 students, 13 students and is down 23 pupils.

Sept. 2011 Sept. 2012 +/- Out of district 93 89 -4 Glen 28 32 +4 Hawes 411 410 -1 Orchard 338 333 -5 Ridge 496 514 +18 Somerville 502 515 +13 Travell 394 371 -23 Willard 476 496 +20 Total Elem. 2738 2760 +22 BFMS 698 736 +37 GWMS 690 653 -38 Total MS 1388 1389 +1 RHS 1679 1708 +29 Total 5805 5857 +52

Fishbein said there are 27 new teachers at the district. Thirteen are at the elementary school level, 8 in the middle schools and 6 at RHS.

Not all are classroom teachers, however. Among the list are two new school nurses, one learning disabilities teaching consultant (LDT-C), three part-time positions and five who are serving as replacements for teachers on leave.

In total, there are 64 new classroom aides and two new administrators, one being Ridgewood High School Principal Tom Gorman. 

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dara brown September 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I can tell you that there will be a lot more students in the schools when some of the empty-nesters and couples with no children have the opportunity to get a decent buck for their homes and move out. Many are quite unhappy with the never-ending tax increases to pay for the school portion of the tax bills, while at the same time, watching municipal service cuts impact other services. The schools get slate roofs and astroturf fields, 10 million dollar fiasco horse farms become soccer fields, while the potholes in the streets get deeper. Get used to 30 kids in a class when these long time residents sell and get out of here.
JAFO September 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Enrollment #'s runs in cycles. Next year, the elementary school numbers will drop because this year's 5th grade class is quite large.
Bill Connor September 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Dara raises Important issues with the Increasing Towns Tax Expense of everyday residents. We all Support our excellent Schools- this is one of the many reasons we live in Ridgewood.We have a new Mayor and New Management.They need to resist taking on additional cost exposure to the Residents and really press the issue for Consolidation of Services and Managing the Spend more aggressively/Most residents in My Opinion would support new initiatives to deliver consistent town services even if in reduced days- example Garbage collection and other Initiatives/ Saying its only 3-5 percent more each year Does'nt cut it.Residents want performanace and new Ideas to Keep costs and taxes down.that too creates Value for our Town and out Properties.We know it will be Hard,Not all will be pleased/ We ask our Managers to Manage costs/Bids and new Ideas more aggresively Thank you.
jp1 September 14, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Having lived in town a good many years this is all you ever hear, complaints about high taxes but i do not see these people leaving for so called greener pastures.
AMAMOM September 14, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Bill, I believe that 80% of our tax bills go the schools and 75% of the school budget goes to salary and benefits (which are negotiated contracts). This leaves little room for the municipal budget to have an impact your taxes. Would you really like to do away with or reduce municipal services if it meant your tax bill was only $20 lower? Doesn't seem worth it in my opinion. Instead we need to focus on the powerful unions and lobbies that rule our education system and I don't mean specifically in Ridgewood but at the state level too. If my numbers are incorrect, forgive me, but I do believe that I am in the ballpark.


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