School board maintains 3.6% budget increase

The Board of Education opted to pass its $98,423,760 budget proposal for the 2019-20 school year along to the Board of Finance without any additional cuts Monday, March 11. The decision come five days after the Board of Selectmen made a non-binding recommendation for the schools to cut $460,000. The school board did ask Superintendent William Collins to find areas … read more

Selectmen pass budget, recommend $460,000 school cut

Recommending a cut of close of half a million on a roughly $98-million school budget, the Board of Selectmen finished up their work on 2019-20 budget Wednesday, March 6.  The selectmen unanimously approved a $38,318,807 budget for town departments — the 0% increase they’d been working on. They also approved a $4,525,570 capital budget for major projects and purchases for … read more

School board approves 3.6% budget increase

Elementary art teachers and infrastructure repair costs have Ridgefield’s proposed education budget increasing slightly as it heads for review by the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance next month. The Board of Education voted Monday, Feb. 25, to ask for $98,423,760 budget proposal for the 2019-20 school year. The figure represents a 3.6% increase over the 2018-19 budget. It’s … read more

Letter: Protect art programming

To the Editor: We at NEA-Ridgefield are writing this letter to express our belief in the importance of maintaining full-time art positions at the elementary level. Our mission at NEA-R is first and foremost to advocate for teachers. Knowing the powerful role all teachers play in social-emotional learning and overall development of our children, it is imperative that we do … read more

School board to host budget hearings Saturday, Monday

Voters will get to voice their opinions about the proposed 2019-20 school budget public hearings later this week and early next week. The Board of Education will host its annual weekend budget hearing Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m., in the auditorium of Scotts Ridge Middle School. The board will also hold a second public hearing during its normal meeting … read more

School repairs spark debate

Sometimes snippy exchanges gave way to a more collaborative mood as the selectmen and a trio of school board members talked their way through a long and costly-looking list of needed repairs to school buildings and grounds. “Coleytown Middle School in Westport is a good warning to us here,” said Doug Silver, referring to a mold-plagued building that’s been making … read more

School infrastructure woes raise concern at education, finance board meetings

Water fountains boarded over at Ridgebury Elementary School, a crack running through Scotts Ridge Middle School, pavement at the front of Branchville Elementary School that “looks like it was paved one pothole at a time,” bathroom stall doors that won’t close at Ridgefield High School, dilapidated front steps at East Ridge Middle School  — the town’s nine public schools are … read more

Superintendent asks for 3.43% budget increase

Interim Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote presented a $98,261,254 budget for the 2019-20 school year — a 3.43% increase — to the Board of Education Monday, Jan. 14. The figure is less than the 5.2% increase Paddyfote suggested at the town’s annual tri-board meeting on Dec. 18. Paddyfote explained Monday night that the lower increase was created by the reduction of two … read more

$100-million budget? School spending increase to be discussed Monday night

A 5% projected budget increase would push Ridgefield’s public education costs close to the $100-million threshold for the 2019-20 school year. Interim Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote plans to present her official 2019-20 budget proposal to the Board of Education Monday, Jan. 14, in the town hall annex at 7 p.m. “I’m striving to get it below 5%, absolutely. And I’m hoping … read more

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