Parents unsatisfied with school statement on start times

Editor’s note: This is a revised version of the story that ran in the March 9th edition of The Ridgefield Press.   Support for later start times at the high school has kept Board of Education meetings heated throughout the fall and winter. And now, with spring on the horizon, the conflict might be reaching a boiling point with parents … read more

Letter: What do schools value?

To the Editor: At the Jan. 11, 2016, Board of Education meeting, Dr. Baldwin spoke eloquently on the importance of healthy start times and acknowledged that current start times are harmful. On March 3, 2017, at the PTA budget meeting, Dr. Baldwin stated that the budget represents “who we are and what we value.” Does this mean we value cookies … read more

Letter: Board of Education should walk the talk

To the Editor: Board of Education members unanimously agree that changing start times is necessary to protect student health. They have committed to “explore the feasibility of changing school start times” for 2018-19 (Ridgefield Public Schools press release, 3/3/17). This is not enough. There is no commitment to implement, only to study feasibility. A study should have been completed long … read more

Letter: Superintendent’s budget explanation is incoherent

To the Editor: I attended the Board of Education public hearing on their budget request. The superintendent is asking for a 3.48% increase. She used the following words to explain the increase.   External factors and mandates are making it difficult to create a sustainable budget, but they will still be able to incrementally move forward driving continuous improvement through … read more

Letter: Education board’s inaction is inexcusable

To the Editor: It is beyond discouraging to see that while the Board of Education acknowledges the scientific and medical consensus that an early high school start time is significantly damaging to the health and well-being of our students, they’re refusing to show leadership and enact healthy start times for the 2017-18 school year. As Sharon D’Orso observed, the board … read more

Editorial: Slow to wake

With Sleep Awareness Week (March 5-11) and World Sleep Day (March 17) on the horizon — and the school board waiting to hear back from a consultant about the practicality of later school start times — it seems as if all anybody wants to talk about these days is rest. Or the lack of it. One thing is abundantly clear … read more

Board of Education to make plan for healthy school start times

Editor’s Note: The Ridgefield Board of Education has released the following statement outlining plans to change school starting times to later in the morning, following requests from parent groups. The Ridgefield Board of Education (BOE) moves to develop a project plan for healthy school start times initiative. In response to parent advocacy and the board’s review of associated scientific research … read more

School board approves $93.5-million budget request

There won’t be any change to school start times. That was the outcome of Monday night’s meeting, where the board voted unanimously to approve Superintendent Dr. Karen Baldwin’s $93.5-million budget request for the 2017-18 school year. The approved budget will continue with Baldwin’s previous proposal to cut seven positions in order to meet the state-imposed 2.5% municipal spending cap. In … read more

Start times talk looms loud at budget hearing

Lobbying for later school start times joined a wide range of concerns — science curriculum, special education spending, a possible school closing — as speakers at Saturday’s public hearing reacted to Superintendent Karen Baldwin’s $93.5-million budget request, which would increase school spending by 3.48% in 2017-18. “Every day we delay in implementing better start times we are hurting our children’s … read more

Public gets crack at school budget Saturday

Ridgefield residents will get two opportunities to speak out about the district’s proposed $93,517,544 budget for the 2017-18 school year. The proposed budget, a 3.48% increase from the $90,374,229 spent during the 2016-17 school year, will receive public hearing Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. in the Scotts Ridge Middle School auditorium. Those who can’t make the weekend session will … read more

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