Karen Baldwin’s tenure as Ridgefield’s Superintendent of Schools may be coming to an abrupt end.
Baldwin, who has been mired in controversy for the last two weeks after it was discovered that several letters she wrote were copied without proper attribution, was placed on a paid administrative leave Friday, March 9.
It didn’t take much time for the Board of Education to decide it wanted to sever all ties with Baldwin, who took over the post in July 2015.
The board unanimously voted Monday night “to enter into a resignation agreement with the superintendent of schools.”
Dr. Robert Miller, the district’s director of technology, was named the district’s acting superintendent Monday night. He will serve in that post through June 30, 2018.
The next order of business is for the school board to launch a personnel search committee that will eventually hire a full-time superintendent.
“As you know, Dr. Baldwin is on paid leave and we now have to commence a search for an executive level candidate to be our Superintendent of Schools,” said board chairwoman Fran Walton.
The Board of Education unanimously voted to extend Baldwin’s contract through June 2020 at its Oct. 10, 2017 meeting.
“I think this is a way to communicate to the staff and to the town that we are behind you,” board member Doug Silver said to Baldwin in October, shortly before the contract extension went to a vote.