Monday, December 17, 2012
David Jenkins is retiring at the end of the school year.
David Jenkins is calling it a career after spending nearly four decades in Ridgewood schools and on the links. An educator in Ridgewood for 38 years, Jenkins has taught at a number of schools during his lengthy career. (He even has his name etched in a door at The Glen School, Superintendent Dan Fishbein reported Monday night.) Jenkins currently teaches gym at Hawes Elementary School and has been the RHS boys varsity golf coach for 33 years. The educator's resignation, effective July 1, was accepted at the Dec. 18 school board meeting.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
School district wants to kick students off public street to accommodate for teachers and staff
A member short, the village council held off on deciding whether to grant the school board the ability to kick high school students out of Heermance Place, a public street, in favor of teachers. The school district on Wednesday night presented statistics affirming why it believes the council should cede partial control of the street. According to Superintendent Daniel Fishbein, a total of 215 teachers, staff and secretaries (not including cafeteria or custodial staff) currently vie for parking in the 195-space high school lot. Because of an increase in school population over the years and a need to bring more staff for classified students, the RHS staff size has grown larger, Fishbein wrote in a letter to Village Manager Ken Gabbert. The …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
No plans to raise the closed RHS footbridge up to seven feet
Closed since Thanksgiving, the damaged RHS footbridge is expected to open back up to pedestrian and vehicle traffic in April, but don't expect a replacement of the bridge. Assistant Superintendent for Business Angelo DeSimone briefed the board on discussions he's had with the DEP on potentially replacing – not just repairing – the bridge. "My question was how would things change if we raised the bottom so the top was at the 100-year flood level," said DeSimone. "Turns out that's a seven-foot proposition...and if we wanted to keep it handicap accessible, we'd have to have at least 84 feet or ramps on both sides of the bridge." DeSimone was concerned if the district were to do that, the ramps would become as big a barrier as the damaged …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Students could be forced to leave Heermance Pl. so teachers can park closer to the school, but a series of questions must first be answered
Who is more deserving of a parking spot – students or teachers? Ridgewood Superintendent of Schools Daniel Fishbein is proposing a plan whereby Ridgewood High School students that had parked in the spots on Heermance Place would be booted so that their teachers can park a bit closer to school. As Patch first reported, Fishbein said there's a major crunch for parking at the lot on the hill for teachers. He believes adding 10 spots for teachers on the village-owned street would do the trick. Students currently park there on a first-come, first-serve basis, many waking up at 5:45 a.m. to nab a spot. "This would authorize the issuance of permits for those twelve spaces from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday," said Village Manager Ken …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Cited philosophical, operational differences with top administration
After five years as principal of Ridgewood High School Jack Lorenz will be resigning at the end of December, the district announced Thursday morning. An educator for nearly 50 years, the popular principal told staff of the resignation over coffee and donuts Thursday morning, citing a strained relationship with the district's current administration as a primary motivation in leaving. Lorenz's last day will be Dec. 22, he said. "This was a difficult decision given the working relationship I've had with the faculty, the students and the extraordinary community support I've been given," Lorenz told Patch in an interview Thursday morning. "The truth of the matter is my philosophy and my leadership style were not in concert with the …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Discussion on underaged drinking and substance abuse to be held Oct. 27 at the high school; Principal Jack Lorenz strongly urging parents to attend
Ridgewood has a serious problem with teen drug and alcohol use, according to High School Principal Jack Lorenz. He is urging parents to attend a Town Hall-style discussion next week on combating substance abuse. A collection of law enforcement officers, school administrators and doctors are holding Parent2Parent: Alcohol and Our Teens Town Hall Dinner on Oct. 27 at the RHS Campus Center. “Underage drinking in Ridgewood is totally out of control, along with marijuana and other drugs,” Lorenz said in an exclusive interview with Patch. RHS has had several public incidents in the past year, notably a dance that led to police intervention and multiple hospital visits for excessive intoxication. Lorenz said that alcohol poisoning happens "nearly…
Monday, October 3, 2011
The first state champs in village football had its 20th reunion at halftime on Saturday
Monday, October 3, 2011
About 20 members of the first football team to take home a state championship in Ridgewood celebrated its 20th anniversary reunion at the home opener against Ramapo on Saturday. The 1991 Ridgewood High School Maroons, led by Coach Chuck Johnson, took home a Group IV State Title that year, defeating North Bergen. The 1991 team celebrated at the Knights of Columbus after the game, which resulted in a Ramapo victory over the 2011 Ridgewood Maroons.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Team is ranked #1 in North Jersey