School board approves $93.5-million budget request

There won’t be any change to school start times. That was the outcome of Monday night’s meeting, where the board voted unanimously to approve Superintendent Dr. Karen Baldwin’s $93.5-million budget request for the 2017-18 school year. The approved budget will continue with Baldwin’s previous proposal to cut seven positions in order to meet the state-imposed 2.5% municipal spending cap. In … read more

Marines offer Romine scholarship to RHS senior

The Ridgefield Detachment of the Marine Corps League is proud to again offer its Col. Richard E. Romine Leadership Award to a deserving RHS graduating senior. This $1,500 one-time scholarship will be awarded to a student of high character who has shown exemplary leadership in school or the community, or both, in the conduct of any combination of academics, sports, … read more

Art Show at Ridgefield Montessori School Tuesday

Ridgefield Montessori School will host its 2017 Art Show Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The school will be holding a private showing of the Toddler & Primary students’ artwork. The students have been working throughout the year. Enclosed, please find our program. If possible it would be great if we could have a photographer stop by to take some … read more

Letter: Students don’t need later start times

To the Editor: Again, and almost every recent year, we are reading about all the ideas and studies going on at taxpayers’ expense with regard to delaying school start time for our high school students by approximately half an hour. The administrative time this has taken, along with planning costly re-routing of all the buses, have added even more expense. … read more

Editorial: School silence

There’s a pattern — from here to Timbuktu — for those in power to hide problems rather than admit mistakes. Ridgefield High School administrators ignoring multiple press inquiries about a series of larcenies in the girls locker room last week was the most recent example of bad judgment from public officials who believe that silence is the preferred policy whenever … read more

Start times talk looms loud at budget hearing

Lobbying for later school start times joined a wide range of concerns — science curriculum, special education spending, a possible school closing — as speakers at Saturday’s public hearing reacted to Superintendent Karen Baldwin’s $93.5-million budget request, which would increase school spending by 3.48% in 2017-18. “Every day we delay in implementing better start times we are hurting our children’s … read more

Failure to communicate? High school quiet on thefts

Babysitting money, coats, sneakers, and gift cards have all disappeared over the last couple of weeks from backpacks left unattended in the girls locker room at Ridgefield High School. Calculators, iPads and other valuables have gone missing from backpacks left in the school’s library and student center, too. While locker room theft isn’t new at the high school — and … read more

Public gets crack at school budget Saturday

Ridgefield residents will get two opportunities to speak out about the district’s proposed $93,517,544 budget for the 2017-18 school year. The proposed budget, a 3.48% increase from the $90,374,229 spent during the 2016-17 school year, will receive public hearing Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. in the Scotts Ridge Middle School auditorium. Those who can’t make the weekend session will … read more

RHS students petition against school chef

Students at Ridgefield High School are protesting new cafeteria chef Matt McPartland. Student Jim Green has started a petition on change.org asking to remove the chef from his position. “Too long has Chef Matt poisoned the atmosphere of our lunchroom,” Green wrote in the petition. “He doesn’t treat the people very friendly. Matt is always snappy, and doesn’t know how … read more

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