Ridgefield’s interim superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote will receive a farewell celebration Thursday, Feb. 14, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the schools’ central office at 66 Prospect Street.

Paddyfote joined the district on June 11, 2018, following the resignation of Karen Baldwin in late March of the same year.

"Dr. Paddyfote has been a true leader to her staff, and a respectful collaborator who keeps the best educational needs of our students at the center of every decision," said Margaret Stamatis, chairwoman of the Board of Education.

"When Dr. Paddyfote started in Ridgefield, Ridgefield Public Schools had a new business manager, and had vacancies in the two assistant superintendent positions. In her short seven months, Dr. Paddyfote led the hiring and on-boarding of key district administrators, oversaw a successful collective bargaining agreement with the NEA-R, and developed and presented the Superintendent’s Proposed 2019-20 Operating Budget, in addition to fulfilling her day-to-day operational and leadership responsibilities."

Paddyfote officially took over the district on July 1, and has helped shape the 2019-20 school budget that will go to voters in May.

Paddyfote’s proposed budget is a 3.43% increase — $98.3 million, in total — from this year’s current $95-million budget.

Dr. William Collins will take over for Paddyfote Tuesday, Feb. 19. He was in hired in December.