New superintendent signs $233,000 deal

Dr. William Collins, Ridgefield’s new superintendent, will take over the school district Tuesday, Feb. 19 following the district Presidents’ Day weekend vacation. When Collins does take over for Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote, he will be earning $233,303, along with a $14,660 annuity, according to a contract signed Jan. 9. The contract, which was drafted by Shipman and Goodwin, the … read more

Coming full circle: Dance teacher subs for former student, keeps team moving

Nearly two decades ago, elementary schooler Taylor Bradley began dance lessons with “Miss Jessica” at the latter’s Ridgefield Studio of Performing Arts. The experience ignited a lifelong love of dance, one that Taylor and Miss Jessica share to this day. They also share a love of teaching dance, especially to girls and young women. Fast forward to 2019, Bradley is … read more

Teachers, town settle on salary increases under 3%

With salary increases costing the town 2.73%, 2.98% and 2.99% over the next three fiscal years, a new contract will govern the employment of Ridgefield’s roughly 460 teachers. The three-year cost to the town of the salary increases is projected at $129.6 million, based on the assumption the school system maintains the same teaching workforce. “…The board is pleased with … read more

$100-million budget? School spending increase to be discussed Monday night

A 5% projected budget increase would push Ridgefield’s public education costs close to the $100-million threshold for the 2019-20 school year. Interim Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote plans to present her official 2019-20 budget proposal to the Board of Education Monday, Jan. 14, in the town hall annex at 7 p.m. “I’m striving to get it below 5%, absolutely. And I’m hoping … read more

Schools to host pre-kindergarten open houses

The Ridgefield Public Schools pre-kindergarten program is seeking peer models for the 2019-20 school year and will hold several informational open house screening sessions for the parents of peer models. All sessions will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will be held at Barlow Elementary School, located at 115 Barlow Mountain Road. The dates of the screenings are: Jan 25, Feb. … read more

Ridgefield student news: Hamilton College, Lehigh University, and St. Lawrence University

Meghan C. Hyatt of Ridgefield is participating in St. Lawrence University’s off-campus study abroad program in Thailand during the fall semester. Hyatt is a member of the class of 2020 and is majoring in psychology. Addison Llanos of Ridgefield was named to Biola University’s dean’s list for the spring semester. Mackenzie Mitchell of Ridgefield was named to the 2018 NESCAC … read more

From Connecticut to Cartagena: Cards, school supplies help children in need

Training for the New York City Marathon while volunteering in a foreign country might seem extreme, but for Ridgefield resident Carrie Smuckler every mile on the hotel treadmill was a necessary step towards helping the children in need in Cartagena, Colombia. Smuckler, who traveled to Cartagena in October to bring supplies to schools and youth organizations that are supported by … read more

High school to host ‘An Evening of One-Acts’ late this month

Ridgefield High School’s theater club will host performances of An Evening of One-Acts in the school’s Black Box Theatre. The event will feature plays by Christopher Durang, Mary Gallagher, John Guare, David Ives, and Jane Martin. Performances are Jan. 24-26, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. Ridgefield seniors who … read more

School board revives outreach committee

Residents turning up to demand the resignation of the superintendent, students protesting cuts to the high school English department, Scotland Elementary School parents calling for their school principal to be fired, petitions pushing for a vote to rescind later start times — the bi-weekly Board of Education meetings have been a raucous place the past 12 months. Concerned about the … read more

Giving Thanks: Ridgefield High School winter concert

To the Editor: Mr. McNamara, the band and orchestra director, and Mr. Haines, the choral director, teamed up with our talented music students to deliver a spectacular evening performance at the Ridgefield High School Visual & Performing Arts Winter Concert on Dec.12 in the Ann S. Richardson Auditorium. The auditorium’s namesake would have been very pleased to see the building … read more

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