Letter: Stop regionalization

To the Editor: Regionalization will lead to the degradation of Connecticut’s integrity. These bills are being touted by politicians as being in the interest of taxpayers by lowering costs through the consolidation of resources in existing school districts; 150 school districts consolidated to 54 regional districts! The public hearing in Hartford on March 1 made it clear that these bills … read more

Letter: Support of the Board of Education proposed budget

To the Editor: Ridgefield Council of PTAs Board of Directors is writing in support of the 2019-20 Board of Education budget increase of 3.6%. The Board of Education has the responsibility of deciding what is best for the education of Ridgefield’s children. We are confident they have done their job and have the children’s best interest in mind. We believe … read more

Give schools taxing power? Officials have concerns

What if school districts were independent fiscal authorities, with budgeting and taxing powers separate from municipal finance boards, mayors and selectmen? A bill before the legislature proposes just that, and is drawing concern from local officials. “Oh yeah. It showed up over the weekend,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said of ‘HB-7319, An Act Concerning The Fiscal Independence Of School Districts.’  … 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

Superintendent floats shared special education services

Amid rising rates of student outplacement, and rising costs for sending students out of district, Ridgefield Public Schools is looking at ways to share the cost with surrounding districts. “I met with other superintendents Friday, and that was one of the things we talked about in light of this regionalization issue, what can we do to share services?” said Superintendent … read more

Graduation requirements: What’s in, what’s out?

The Board of Education is hoping its new graduation requirements for Ridgefield High School will mean freshmen have more class options to choose from when they start school this fall — even as the change in requirements has sparked protest from some students. “English and science and social studies opened more of their electives to ninth graders,” said Dr. Stacey … read more

Nearing 0% increase for town departments, selectmen review budget

Within $10,000 of their targeted 0% increase in the budget for town departments — excluding the schools — the Board of Selectmen reviewed some of the “puts and takes” that had gotten it to the verge of a budget that would remain flat from 2018-19 to 2029-20.  The town departments’ budget was at $36,493,175 when the selectmen met Friday afternoon, … 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

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