Torn auditorium seats — despite mansions on Ridgewood Ave. and an average household income of $105,638. Oh the humanity!
The Star-Ledger writes today about Glen Ridge’s school funding crisis. Sure. True. It’s patently unfair that Glen Ridge only gets 5 percent of its school budget paid for by the state, compared to an average of 42 percent for all other school districts. And we agree that the plush red seats in the Ridgewood School auditorium are deplorable. But we have to take issue with the description of the rest of the auditorium.
The walls are badly discolored. There’s an old glass-enclosed ticket booth in the lobby, seemingly a remnant from another era. Half of the auditorium’s chairs, in fact, are originals, dating to 1953.
A remnant from another era? The whole town is a remnant from another era. Dating to 1953? That wouldn’t even qualify for historic status in Glen Ridge! Falling apart is one thing, but old? That’s like complaining that the architecture of Williamsburg dates to the Colonial period.
Besides, that enclosed ticket booth is cute. Now the school e-mail system that works sometimes and doesn’t work other times, on the other hand, that’s a problem. And the property taxes…