Ridgefield Board of Education to appoint interim school chief Monday night

Dr. William Collins
Dr. William Collins

Ridgefield is once again looking for an interim superintendent to lead its schools this summer.
Superintendent Dr. William Collins, who was hired in December and started in the district on Feb. 19, 2019, was put on medical leave in May.
His recovery is taking longer than the originally expected four to six weeks, Ridgefield’s Board of Education chairwoman Margaret Stamatis said.
“Right now he’s expected to come back ... it will be longer than we previously expected,” Stamatis said. “His status is that he’s on medical leave.”
The Ridgefield Board of Education plans to appoint an interim superintendent of schools tonight, Monday June 17.
Stamatis said the board’s candidate for the interim role is “known to the district.”
“I think the board will reach a consensus very, very quickly,” she added.
Stamatis did not want to comment on how long Dr. Collins is expected to be out but said she was “uncertain” whether he will be back in time for the start of school this fall.
Déja vu
This will be the second consecutive summer Ridgefield’s schools will be led by interim superintendent.
Dr. Robert Miller, the district’s director of technology, served as acting school chief from April through June in 2018 following the resignation of Dr. Karen Baldwin.
Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote replaced Dr. Miller as interim superintendent on July 1, 2018. She served through Feb. 18, 2019, when Dr. Collins officially took over.
Monday night’s meeting will be held in a closed-door executive session beginning at 7:15 in the board’s conference room at 66 Prospect Street.
Stamatis declined to comment on whether Collin’s medical procedure was an emergency or routine surgery.
In an email to parents on May 15, Collins said he learned he needed “to undergo a medical procedure that couldn’t wait until summer break.” He said he expected to be out for four to six weeks.
In Collins’ absence, he said Assistant Superintendent Craig Creller would be the district “administrator-in-charge.”