Future Business Leaders of America: High school students awarded at spring conference

The Ridgefield High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter attended the spring leadership conference on March 12 at Naugatuck Community College in Waterbury. The event offered FBLA members the opportunity to compete in a variety of different competitive events. Ridgefield High School had four student teams that placed in the top 4, earning them the opportunity to compete … read more

RHS music students perform at Disney World

In the dark and cold predawn hours of Feb. 15, 121 Ridgefield High School music students —along with their teachers and parent chaperones —departed for an unforgettable musical experience at Disney World in Orlando.  Flying on a Jet Blue aircraft piloted by Ridgefield’s own James Pratt, the father of two RHS music students Ryan and Sarah, the students participated in … read more

‘They’re creepy and they’re kooky:’ The Addams Family opens at RHS Friday night

The Ridgefield High School Visual and Performing Arts Department will stage the musical comedy “The Addams Family” Friday through March 23 in the Anne S. Richardson Auditorium of Ridgefield High School. “The Addams Family” has entertained four generations of fans beginning when the Charles Addams cartoons on which the characters are based first appeared in The New Yorker magazine in … read more

Scotland teams up with Ben’s Bells

Scotland Elementary School hosted an assembly Feb. 27 to celebrate it being the first Ben’s Bells pilot school in Ridgefield. Scotland was drawn to Ben’s Bells’ Kind Campus program because it promotes changing the culture of schools in positive ways. “We felt strongly that we wanted a program that would reach beyond educating only students,” said SES parent and Ben’s … read more

Give schools taxing power? Officials have concerns

What if school districts were independent fiscal authorities, with budgeting and taxing powers separate from municipal finance boards, mayors and selectmen? A bill before the legislature proposes just that, and is drawing concern from local officials. “Oh yeah. It showed up over the weekend,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said of ‘HB-7319, An Act Concerning The Fiscal Independence Of School Districts.’  … read more

Veterans Park hosts first Invention Convention

Veterans Park Elementary School held its first annual Invention Convention Feb. 22. Fourth and fifth grade students identified problems that affect them and embarked on a creative process of trying, failing and persevering until they each developed a prototype solution. Some of the inventions included: “The No-Slipper Gripper,” “The Big Dipper,” “Tangle Tamer,” “Wet Hair Pillow Sack,” “Rubbish Ridder,” and … read more

School board maintains 3.6% budget increase

The Board of Education opted to pass its $98,423,760 budget proposal for the 2019-20 school year along to the Board of Finance without any additional cuts Monday, March 11. The decision come five days after the Board of Selectmen made a non-binding recommendation for the schools to cut $460,000. The school board did ask Superintendent William Collins to find areas … read more

Frey vows to fight effort to push teacher pension costs onto towns

Teacher pension costs should not be transferred from the state to towns and cities, according to state Rep. John Frey, who says he and like-minded legislators are prepared to fight the administration of Gov. Ned Lamont on the proposal — and a host of other financial issues, from car taxes to licensing cats. “There is a tremendous amount of opposition … read more

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