Superintendent officially resigns; last day is June 30

Dr. Karen Baldwin is out as Ridgefield’s superintendent of schools.

The town’s top paid official, who resigned Tuesday, April 3, will remain on paid administrative leave through Saturday, June 30.

Board of Education Chairwoman Fran Walton confirmed the resignation agreement had been reached between Baldwin and the board after three weeks of negotiations.

Baldwin’s most recent contract with the district lists her salary as $233,000 per year, along with a $14,660 annuity.

Walton said Dr. Robert Miller will remain acting superintendent until June 30. The board voted to form a personnel search committee at its March 27 meeting. The search committee includes all nine current members of the board.

The board voted to authorize Walton to negotiate the terms of a resignation agreement at the Monday, March 12, meeting, three days after the board voted to place Baldwin on paid administrative leave.

The move came following allegations brought forward by a high school student, and reported in The Press, that Baldwin had copied work published by other school districts and organizations — without attribution — in her correspondence to parents, students and staff members.