As school comes to an end, it\u2019s time to say goodbye to those faces who won\u2019t be returning next year \u2014 the 21 teachers and staff from Ridgefield Public Schools who are retiring on June 30. They were honored during the Board of Education meeting Monday, June 12, with a ceremony attended by more than 60 people, in which books were donated to Ridgefield Public School libraries in their names. Some staff members had been teaching in town for more than 30 years. The second longest tenured retiree, Diane Caggiano, an art teacher at Barlow Mountain Elementary School, has taught in Ridgefield schools for the past 32 years. \u201cAn artist through and through, she speaks art, she breathes art, she communicates like an artist,\u201d said Barlow Mountain principal Rebecca Pembroke. \u201cShe lights up our school every year.\u201d Branchville is losing a beloved and unusual fourth grade teacher in Mark Reinders, according to Principal Keith Margolus. Reinders is retiring after a 20 year run. \u201cHe\u2019s part of the fabric of Branchville,\u201d said Margolus June 12. \u201cStepping into his classroom is like stepping into a unique foreign culture, they have their own rituals.\u201d Five staff members are leaving the central office, including Alberta Rappoccio, the district\u2019s nursing coordinator who\u2019s retiring after 30 years. The Book of Joy was donated in her name, because \u201cshe was always pleasant and smiling,\u201d said Assistant Superintendent of Special Services Dr. Kim Hapken. High school Ridgefield High School will have to replace 108 combined years of experience, as five staff members are leaving, including secretary\u00a0Paulette Zaccagnino, who\u2019s the longest-tenured retiree this year. \u00a0 \u201cThe face of the main office,\u201d said Principal Stacey Gross of Zaccagnino\u00a0who\u2019s served Ridgefield parents and students for 33 years. \u201cShe fields a million questions from kids, parents, and staff,\u201d Gross said. \u201cShe does so with graciousness and calmness \u2014 she makes everyone feel welcome.\u201d Administrative assistant Chris Coffey will also retire, after 27 years. \u201cHe\u2019s the single most patient and kind member of the RHS community,\u201d said Gross. \u201cWith an uncanny ability to remain calm during stressful time.\u201d Two French teachers are also retiring, both after 15 years \u2014 Carol Fuchs from RHS and Carolyn Friday from Scotts Ridge Middle School. \u2018A love of children\u2019 Gerry Shay, East Ridge Middle School\u2019s school counseling center secretary, will be leaving after 24 years. \u201cClearly to last that long you need to be attentive to detail organization and be able to control everyone around you \u2014 not just the counselors,\u201d said Principal Patricia Raneri. \u201cThey have to have a love of children and staff and families, she\u2019s the first person that they see when they walk in that door.\u201d Editor's note: The print version of this story had incorrectly spelled\u00a0Zaccagnino's last name.\u00a0We apologize to her and her husband, Tim, for the error.