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Glen Ridge Council Approves 2024 Budget with Tax Levy Increase

Overview: In a recent Glen Ridge Borough Council meeting, the council passed financial resolutions, including the introduction of the 2024 municipal budget, featuring a 3.32% increase in the municipal tax levy. The council acknowledged the efforts of the administration and department heads in preparing the budget. The session was also marked by the recognition of local Eagle Scouts for their community projects and discussions on public safety measures, including the funding for automated license plate readers.

Overview: The Glen Ridge School Board recently convened to tackle the issue of the district’s financial plan for the 2024-2025 school year, alongside celebrating the contributions of its educational staff. The forthcoming budget anticipates a $13.2 million staff and salary stiping cut, with a projected tax increase for residents. The board also took time to recognize the accomplishments of educators and discuss important updates regarding academic achievements and community involvement.

Overview: The Glen Ridge School Board meeting highlighted the district’s focus on educational innovation and community engagement, with discussions on technology integration, environmental education, and community events. The centerpiece of the meeting was the presentation on the revitalization of the Stella Concade Bird Sanctuary and Learning Garden at Forest Avenue, emphasizing the combination of technology and nature in student learning. The board also addressed the upcoming superintendent interviews, recognition of student and teacher achievements, and the Glen Ridge Education Foundation’s contributions to school programs.

Overview: During the recent Glen Ridge Borough Council meeting, a public comment raised concerns about the absence of Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah greetings on the town’s official Facebook page, despite other holidays being acknowledged. The citizen’s query sparked a discussion on diversity, inclusion, and the handling of holiday communications by the borough. Councilor Deborah Mans responded to the concerns, clarifying that there was no deliberate exclusion of any holiday and that any gaps in social media posts were not intentional oversights. Mayor Stuart K. Patrick and other council members assured that the matter would be reviewed, emphasizing that any errors were not made with ill intent.

Overview: In a recent gathering of the Glen Ridge School Board, the community witnessed the swearing-in of new board members Darius Denard, Jocelyn Gottlieb, and Duval Graham. Elisabeth Ginsburg was appointed as the board president, with David Campbell and Jocelyn Gottlieb securing positions as first and second vice presidents, respectively. The meeting not only celebrated leadership transitions but also focused on the search for a new superintendent, acknowledging Superintendent Dirk Phillips’ impending retirement and the educational initiatives enhancing student well-being and engagement.

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