New superintendent signs $233,000 deal

Dr. William Collins, Ridgefield’s new superintendent, will take over the school district Tuesday, Feb. 19 following the district Presidents’ Day weekend vacation. When Collins does take over for Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote, he will be earning $233,303, along with a $14,660 annuity, according to a contract signed Jan. 9. The contract, which was drafted by Shipman and Goodwin, the … read more

Teachers, town settle on salary increases under 3%

With salary increases costing the town 2.73%, 2.98% and 2.99% over the next three fiscal years, a new contract will govern the employment of Ridgefield’s roughly 460 teachers. The three-year cost to the town of the salary increases is projected at $129.6 million, based on the assumption the school system maintains the same teaching workforce. “…The board is pleased with … 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

School board revives outreach committee

Residents turning up to demand the resignation of the superintendent, students protesting cuts to the high school English department, Scotland Elementary School parents calling for their school principal to be fired, petitions pushing for a vote to rescind later start times — the bi-weekly Board of Education meetings have been a raucous place the past 12 months. Concerned about the … read more

Compassion, construction, and re-election: Marconi looks ahead to 2019

A new parking lot for the commercial district, renovations at the Venus Building to accommodate Playhouse expansion plans, progress on the state’s Main Street renovations, handicapped access improvements, extending sidewalks — the town has plans and projects aplenty to pursue. But First Selectman Rudy Marconi has another goal for 2019, one requiring no bricks or bulldozers: He wants a more … read more

Tri-board meeting: Town finances look strong, schools’ maintenance lags

Neglected school infrastructure will be getting a closer look from a new committee, the finance board is shooting for a tax increase below 2% next year, and the 2019-20 budget work will start with a projected 5.2% school spending increase while the selectmen — having cut several positions — are hoping to hold town departments to a near-zero increase. That … read more

School board green-lights $1.7 million in capital upgrades

The Ridgefield Board of Education gave a thumbs up for $1,665,078 in capital improvements — major upgrades of infrastructure or equipment that cost more than $50,000 — for the 2019-20 school year at the board’s Dec. 10 meeting. The request will now go to the Board of Selectmen, who can add or delete projects by line item. It will then … read more

Dr. William Collins named Ridgefield’s new superintendent of schools

Ridgefield has a permanent superintendent once again. Dr. William Collins — former superintendent of Newington Public Schools — was hired Tuesday, Dec. 18. He will take over the job from Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote on Feb. 19, 2019. A self-professed local history enthusiast, Collins started working as a bus driver back in his teen years. “I drove a school … read more

Tri-board meeting is Tuesday in town hall annex

The tri-board meeting — the annual town meeting of the Board of Finance, Board of Selectmen, and Board of Education — will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the Board of Education conference room in the town hall annex, located at 66 Prospect Street. The meeting typically looks at the town’s financial picture … read more

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