Assistant Superintendent Beck to resign June 28

Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Beck announced Wednesday, May 2 that she will be resigning from the Ridgefield public school district on June 28.

She was hired as the new head of Georgetown Day Lower School in Washington, D.C., a private co-ed school of about 340 students. The school describes itself as the “the first racially and religiously integrated school in the nation’s capital.”

“I was extremely drawn to the school’s mission and focus on social justice, as well as the opportunity to return to building-based leadership; I truly miss the students!  And I will be on the same schedule as my children for the first time since they were born,” Beck said in a press release announcing her resignation.

During her time as the district’s Assistant Superintendent, Beck oversaw curriculum and instruction, including the adoption of state and national standards such as Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics, Core Arts, and Next Generation Science standards.

The district also recognized Beck’s work to bring social and emotional learning to the district, and her outreach to local organizations, including the Woodcock Nature Center and Aldrich Museum.

“Ms. Beck has been an exceptional educational leader. Her leadership and vision towards excellence will leave a long-lasting footprint on this district. The district owes Ms. Beck a huge thank you for her commitment, expertise, and success. Ridgefield is a better district today because of her impact, and we wish her all the success in the world,” Acting Superintendent Dr. Robert Miller said.

Miller will begin a search committee to find a replacement assistant superintendent. The committee will include members of the Board of Education, district administration, and a member of the public. The Board of Education will vote to approve a final candidate to fill the position.

The district is also in the process of searching for a new permanent Superintendent, after Superintendent Karen Baldwin resigned in early April, as well as a new Business Manager, after Paul Hendrickson retired at the end of December of last year.

Beck called the past five years that she has spent in leadership in the Ridgefield school district a “privilege.”

“Our accomplishments are many and far too numerous to name them all. Highlights and points of pride include establishing literacy lab sites and math specialists at the elementary level,” she said. “Enhancing middle school instruction and imagining together are some of the most exciting work I have ever done.”