Thursday, January 10, 2013
Regardless of who has ownership over the spots near the high school, the Ridgewood council majority remains interested in evicting residents/students in favor of teachers.
Ridgewood school officials have been lobbying the local government for close to a year to designate public parking on Heermance Place for teacher use. As it turns out, they might not have to ask at all – it could be their property, Village Planner Blais Brancheau revealed Wednesday night. According to the village planner, maps suggest that the road abutting the high school is only 20 feet wide. As such, the 23 spots facing RHS Stadium Field could actually be on the property of the high school. If that's the case, he said, the school officials likely wouldn't need permission to strip the students or general residents of the right to park there in favor of teachers. Still, he said, there could be a previously existing agreement between the …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Ridgewood district also rescinds request to open parking for teachers on Beverly Road.
Climbing student enrollment led school two top school officials to request that the council cede parking at Heermance Place to the district, and now Dan Fishbein and board president Sheila Brogan have the full support of the school board. At the Monday school board meeting, Fishbein, the superintendent, told the board that the district has requested 23 public parking spots on Heermance Place be closed to the public. Some future classes are projected to near 500 students, necessitating greater staff levels, Fishbein said. According to Fishbein, there's a current deficiency of about 30 spots. Only Ridgewood High School staff members during school hours would be permitted to park at the spots, which traditionally have been taken by early-…
Sunday, December 9, 2012
It's your turn to vote – should students be displaced from parking near the high school for teachers? The council majority thinks so.
The majority of council members agreed with top school officials that district staff should be given the right to park at the high school, even if it means booting students from a public, metered street. Mayor Paul Aronsohn, Deputy Mayor Albert Pucciarelli and Councilwoman Gwenn Hauck agreed on priniciple to have teachers take over the 23 parking spots on Heermance Place while letting staff also park on the south side of Beverly Road. The request – made by BOE president Sheila Brogan and Superintendent Dan Fishbein – must still go through a public hearing and vote. There's a parking shortage of about 30 spots for staff, Fishbein said, adding the proposal would clear between 5-10 spots in the main lot for visitors. Some in the community …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
In a 3-2 decision, the council has agreed to cede public parking usually taken by students on Heermance Place to RHS staff. Teachers will also be allowed to park on one side of Beverly Road, according to the agreement.
Ridgewood High School students soon won't have the option of parking at Heermance Place even if they wake at the crack of dawn. On Wednesday night, the Ridgewood council agreed to grant the school district's request that public parking on the street abutting the high school only be available to teachers Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Citing increasing enrollment figures, Ridgewood superintendent Daniel Fishbein – joined by school board president Sheila Brogan – told the council the district simply cannot accommodate parking for the number of teachers employed at the district's largest building. Per Fishbein's figures, there are parking 186 spaces on campus, 8 of which are handicap spots. That's met by 215 staff members on …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The schools are again hoping the village council will allow teachers to take over parking at Heermance Place, effectively kicking out students.
Ridgewood schools superintendent Daniel Fishbein and board president Sheila Brogan are expected to appear at the council Wednesday night to again request that the village cede public parking on Heermance Place. This past spring, the prior council voted unanimously to deny the school's request that 12 public parking spots be designated specifically for teachers. Students currently wake up early to nab the spots. Fishbein in his March request said several teachers are without parking spots; he believed employees should be afforded the opportunity to park where they work. The spots would have been granted by permit, allowing teachers to park on the street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The council in its denial expressed concern in "…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Superintendent Daniel Fishbein and school board president Sheila Brogan to speak at upcoming council meeting on having teachers force out students for spots at Heermance Place.
Ridgewood school officials were denied last time they asked the village to cede Heermance Place to allow Ridgewood High School teachers to park there. They'll be coming back again to plead their case, Mayor Paul Aronsohn said at Wednesday's council meeting. To alleviate the capacity-filled high school lot and hold more teachers on-site, Superintendent Daniel Fishbein had appealed to the council last year requesting that the district issue permits for twelve parking spots on the public street. Those without a permit would be towed if they're there during school hours, he said. Essentially, students would be kicked out to allow teachers to park at the facility. Last year's council unanimously voted against the plan. "I think it's a bad idea…
Monday, September 10, 2012
School board to vote on increasing the contract that allows students to park at First Presbyterian Church by $1,000.
Ridgewood High School students fortunate enough to win the lottery and park across the street at First Presbyterian Church might pay a little extra this year. The school board on Monday could be approving an agreement to have students park at 71 vehicles in the First Presbyterian lot Monday through Friday during the school year. The contract has increased $1,000 to a total of $37,000 for the 2012-2013 school year; students pay for the spots, about $500 per spot. The figures for 2012-2013 add up to about $520 per person should the board vote to approve the resolution.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
School officials had asked the Ridgewood Village Council to take over parking spots on a public street, which would kick students out in favor of teachers
If teachers want primo parking spots at RHS, they'll have to get up early and beat the students to the punch. The Ridgewood Village Council on Wednesday night unanimously agreed to dismiss the school district's proposal that public parking spots on Heermance Place be taken over by the district. To alleviate the capacity-filled high school lot and hold more teachers on-site, Superintendent Daniel Fishbein had appealed to the council requesting that the district issue permits for twelve parking spots on the public street. Those without a permit would be towed if they're there during school hours, he said. Fishbein sent a letter Wednesday to Gabbert, who informed the council that he didn't have time to read it before the meeting. "I think it …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Flood mitigation efforts among other discussions to be held Wednesday night
In January, the Ridgewood Village Council expressed skepticism that stripping students of the right to park on Heermance Place was a good idea. They'll revisit the debate on Wednesday night at the council work session. The school district is seeking a dozen spots on the village-owned street for high school teachers, who would be issued parking permits during the school day. Council members – and residents – were looking for the school district for a number of answers at its last meeting. Beyond parking chatter, the village council will also entertain further discussions on flood mitigation efforts at the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook and the Saddle River. It will also hear updated plans on Village Hall's flood restoration work, which is expected to cost…