Special education, health insurance costs higher than expected for Ridgefield schools

Ridgefield Public Schools have spent, or are obligated to spend, $92.4 million out of its $95-million 2018-19 school budget, according to the January financial report to the Board of Education. The schools are on track to spend the entire $95 million, according to the report, which is submitted monthly by Business Manager Dawn Norton. Costs for special education, legal counsel, and … read more

Ridgefield High School junior wins state DECA award

Ridgefield High School junior Sophie Reale was awarded first place winner in the category, travel and tourism, at the DECA state competition held on March 5. Senior Allison Catizone and sophomore Avery Simoneau placed sixth in the financial services category. DECA is a nationwide nonprofit organization that prepares high school and college students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and students … read more

Marconi testifies against school regionalization

Giving voice to widespread opposition to school regionalization efforts being talked of in Hartford, Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi addressed the legislature’s education committee — acting in his new role as president of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST). “COST opposes forced consolidation/regionalization,” Marconi said at the beginning of his testimony. “…A one-size-fits-all approach to consolidation/regionalizing schools: “(1) does … read more

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Science teacher prepares for Tanzania trip

Mac Rand is about to embark on a spring break that he’ll never forget. The Ridgefield Academy science teacher departs for Tanzania Friday, March 8, where he will spend a week climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. “There’s one woman who’s doing the climb with me who’s recovering from lymphoma,” said … read more

Superintendent floats shared special education services

Amid rising rates of student outplacement, and rising costs for sending students out of district, Ridgefield Public Schools is looking at ways to share the cost with surrounding districts. “I met with other superintendents Friday, and that was one of the things we talked about in light of this regionalization issue, what can we do to share services?” said Superintendent … read more

Ridgefield schools to be closed Monday, March 4

Ridgefield students and teachers won’t have to wake up early tomorrow to check the weather report. That’s because Superintendent Dr. William Collins announced Sunday night that the town’s nine public schools would be closed Monday, March. 4. “All Ridgefield Public Schools and Offices will be closed Monday, 3/4, due to the timing of the winter storm,” the district posted on … read more

California wildfires: Ridgefield Academy basketball teams help aid Paradise High School

Ridgefield Academy’s annual Patriot Pride Night, an event that celebrates friendly athletic competition between the RA girls and boys basketball teams and the local Ridgefield Basketball Association teams, helped support victims of the 2018 California wildfires. Proceeds from this year’s Ridgefield Academy’s Patriot Pride Night went to benefit the varsity boys’ basketball team at Paradise High School in Paradise, Calif. Through … read more

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