New superintendent signs $233,000 deal

Dr. William Collins
Dr. William Collins

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 board’s legal counsel, will be in effect through June 30, 2021.

Collins will be granted 15 sick days annually.

He will also be given 25 vacation days, five of which can be carried over year-to-year, as long as he does not accrue more than 30 days of vacation in a year. He will have four personal days per year.

As part of the contract, the board also agrees to pay for Collins’ memberships to professional associations.

Collins’ salary is in line with what the district’s last full-time superintendent, Dr. Karen Baldwin, was paid.

Paddyfote took over as interim superintendent in June 2018. Before her, Dr. Robert Miller led the district for three months following Baldwin’s resignation.

Outside the district

Collins is allowed to take consulting work on the side, such as lectures or speaking events, so long as doing so does not interfere with his duties as superintendent.

He will be required to give notice to Board of Education Chairwoman Margaret Stamatis if he will be paid for any work outside the school district, the contract said.

According to the contract, the board may terminate Collins for inefficiency or incompetence, insubordination, moral misconduct, disability “as shown by competent medical evidence,” or for “other due and sufficient cause.”