School board: Closing presents more risks than rewards

Not enough savings and too many risks — that was the opinion of both parents and members of the Board of Education Monday night in reaction to the proposed closing of Scotland Elementary School. The board moved its meeting to Scotts Ridge Middle School to accommodate a crowd of 100 or more residents interested in giving their opinions on various … read more

App builder hopes to help others

Selflessness and technology go hand in hand for Ridgefielder Robert Buckley. The Ridgefield High School junior started working on myParkinson’s, a smartphone application that measures tremor activity to track a patient’s condition over time and collects and stores user data anonymously, in January and completed the app in March. Nine months later, he won the 2016 Congressional App Challenge for … read more

Educators hear more German songs

The fight to keep German at Ridgefield High School persists. Concerned parent Caroline Chanin belted out Brahm’s “Lullaby” during public comment at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. Chanin, who has sung to the board at previous meetings, sang Brahm’s tune in its original German in the hopes of swaying the board not to cut a program that has been … read more

State website shows Ridgefield spends less on education than neighbors

The state’s recently-launched Municipal Benchmarking Application (MBA) website shows that Ridgefield spent the least per capita on education compared to six neighboring towns in 2014. According to the MBA, Ridgefield spent $3,205.91 while Wilton spent the most per capita on education at $4,284.29. The five other socioeconomically similar towns towns included were Darien, Redding, Easton, Weston, and Westport. The interactive … read more

Schools delay decision on school closing, redistricting

Would closing an elementary school save taxpayers a $1 million? Not even close. That was the message delivered to the Board of Education Monday night, following a presentation from consultants Milone and MacBroom that reviewed school closing and redistricting scenarios. Superintendent Karen Baldwin estimated that the personnel savings from closing Scotland Elementary School — the school that the consultants have selected … read more

School closing, redistricting pushes education meeting to Scotts Ridge auditorium

High interest surrounding the school district’s decision to either close one of the town’s six elementary school or redistrict dozens of students has forced the Board of Education to meet at Scotts Ridge Middle School Monday night. According to an agenda that was sent out Friday, the board will meet in executive session from 6:30 to 7:30 to hear Superintendent … read more

Ridgefield students in the news

The Ridgefield Press

Kristen E. Adams, daughter of Justine and Joseph Adams of Langstroth Drive, has earned a doctorate in counseling psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Previously she received  master of education and master of arts degrees in psychological counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2010. She received a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in psychology in 2008. Adams is pursuing her … read more

Enrollment decline: Schools to look at five options Monday

Pull fifth grade out of the elementary schools, convert the middle schools to fit a fifth-through-eighth-grade configuration, and close an elementary school — that’s one of five options on the table for the Board of Education when it meets Monday night to examine solutions for the district’s ongoing enrollment decline. But will the board go through with closing one of … read more

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