Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote will take over as interim superintendent of Ridgefield Public Schools for the second straight summer.

The Board of Education appointed Paddyfote, who served as Ridgefield's interim superintendent from July 2018 through February 2019, to the position at its meeting Monday night. She will take over .

She will take over effectively on July 1, 2019 for Dr. William Collins, who was put on medical leave in May.

Assistant Superintendent Craig Creller remains the district's “administrator-in-charge” through June 30 — a position he has held since Collins left the district on leave in May.

The board did not specify Paddyfote's salary Monday night as she hasn't officially signed her contact.

Paddyfote’s salary will not affect the end of the year budgeting, the board said, because July 1 starts the new fiscal year.

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.
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.”