Budget referendum Tuesday: Voters will decide on 1.24% tax increase

School and town spending plans that would total $148 million and require a 1.24 percent tax increase next year will come before voters at referendum Tuesday, May 14, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., with all voting in Yanity Gym. The referendum on the 2019-20 budget will also consider over $4 million in proposed capital expenditures that would be financed … read more

School cut list includes art teachers and tech spending

Art teachers, technology purchases, and a special bus run to ease kindergartners into a full day of school were among $230,000 in budget reductions recommended by Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Collins on Monday, April 8. The Board of Education needs $230,000 in cuts to meet the finance board’s reduction to the $98 million budget school request for 2019-20. Board … read more

Finance board passes budget, 3.36% increase for schools

A 1.24% tax increase for 2019-20 would result from the nearly $148-million revenue and spending plan approved by the Board of Finance on a string of unanimous votes Tuesday night, April 2. The 2019-20 budget proposal would allocate $98,193,760 for school operations —a 3.36% spending increase —and $38,318,807 for town departments and road repaving, reflecting a 0% increase for the … read more

School spending draws more supporters than critics at budget hearing

With emotional pleas to educate children and financial appeals based on schools as the foundation of real estate values, a chorus of 10 school supporters outnumbered a trio of tax-hike skeptics at Monday’s budget hearing. “The economic engine of our town is the quality of schools,” said Sandra Mahoney of Wild Turkey Court. “I moved here for our schools and … read more

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

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