To the Editor:

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the letter to the editor regarding staffing changes at Scotland Elementary School in the 2018-19 school year.  

Scotland Elementary School will see several changes at the start of the 2018-19 school year that will energize and promote academic growth for both our students and our staff.

All Ridgefield Public School principals seek to provide opportunities to help every student succeed. They consistently appraise the learning environments at our schools and have the responsibility to make adjustments to staffing assignments that they believe will optimize the success of all students such as the six teachers at Scotland Elementary that will transition to another grade within their specific grade band (K-2 or 3-5).

We believe these teachers can better serve our student population through this transition and support Principal Joanna Genovese in her decision to place teachers in the classes that best meet the needs of their students.

By keeping teachers within their grade band, they have the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the curriculum across grade levels, and students benefit from that knowledge. Through these transitions, teachers are also able to strengthen their ability to provide individualized learning for their students.

We know that our talented and knowledgeable teachers will be able to excel in these new grade levels and will support each teacher through their transition. Teaching and learning are collaborative in our schools. Support is available for all teachers from their grade-level peers, coaches, specialists, administrators, and our system-wide professional development programs.  

We look forward to continuing this conversation with our parents around this change and remain committed to the best education possible for our students.

Dr. Robert Miller

Acting Superintendent