Ridgefield students win CABE, WCSA awards

Volunteers and musicians, sustainable coffee farmers and debaters — those were some of the achievements acknowledged for the 12 students honored by school principals and administrators at the May 13 Board of Education meeting. Ridgefield High School students Tara Krishna and Clay Vaughan received the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) student leadership awards. “Tara kept me on my … read more

Ridgefield voters pass town, school budgets

A $148 million operating budget passed at referendum Tuesday. Ridgefield voters approved a $47,793,923 town budget with 1,386 ‘yes’ votes to 321 ‘no’ votes. The town budget was a “zero percent increase” from the 2018-19 town operating budget. Residents also passed a $98,193,760 school budget, representing a 3.36 percent spending increase over the current year’s Board of Education budget, with … read more

Jill Katkocin named new principal at Scotland Elementary School

Jill Katkocin has been named the new principal of Scotland Elementary School. She will replace Dr. Alison Villanueva, who was named interim principal in December. Superintendent Dr. William Collins said that 38 candidates applied for the position, and that group was whittled down to four final candidates. School board chairwoman Margaret Stamatis said she was confident that Katkocin would “work hard to … read more

Voters reject school budget cut proposal

A $2 million cut to the school budget was proposed, but voted down. Citizens asked questions: How long will taxpayers be paying off borrowing for capital expenditures? How many plows does the town have, anyway? The major budget issues — town spending, school spending, capital questions — were sent to next Tuesday’s referendum. And voice votes approved almost $900,000 worth … read more

Annual Town Meeting: Voters to decide capital projects, purchases Monday

Trucks, tanks, trees, plows and painting jobs — nearly $900,000 worth of projects and purchases proposed as capital expenditures in 2019-20 town budget will be put before voters at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 6, starting at 7:30 in the Ridgefield Playhouse. The annual meeting will also be asked to affirm the selectmen’s previous vote to schedule the … read more

Trucks, cameras, and repairs: $4.5 million capital budget goes to voters

Trucks and trees, servers and security cameras, computers, cardiac monitors, building repairs — with a modest $57,000 trim, a nearly $4.5 million capital spending budget was approved April 2 on a unanimous vote by the Board of Finance. Unlike the operating budgets that hit taxpayers next year, the capital spending is all financed with borrowing and repayment would be spread … read more

Flex days for staff work: Early dismissal preferred by staff and parents

It’ll be early dismissals, not later school starts, when the Ridgefield Public Schools have “flex days” for staff professional development — teacher training — over the next two years. Following a survey that found it was the preference of both parents and staff, Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Collins told the Board of Education’s April 8 meeting that he would … 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

Taxes, tolls, ghost guns, and school regionalization: Legislators answer questions from league, public (VIDEO)

Common outlooks, consensus on many issues, and occasional, respectful disagreements marked an open meeting with Ridgefield’s three state legislators, sponsored by the League of Women Voters. “I like to see the collegiality,” Ridgefield League of Women Voters president Marilyn Carroll said after the event at the Ridgefield Library on Saturday, March 30. “It’s nice to see Republicans and Democrats working … read more

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