Letter: Thank you for listening

To the Editor: We want to thank Dr. Karen Baldwin, Dr. Stacey Gross and the Board of Education for listening to our heartfelt speeches and songs and grandfathering in our German students. We appreciate their understanding and applaud their decision to enable our children to complete four years of German study at Ridgefield High School. We hope they will take … read more

School start times: Consultant hired to fix bus routes

A bus carrying four kids is unacceptable, and that’s why the school district has hired a consultant to make its bus routes more efficient for the 2017-18 year. “I’ve been standing out there with my dog, and I can tell you that there are some buses — full-sized buses — going out with four kids on it,” said Board of … read more

State’s spending cap may have a short life

The Connecticut State Capitol Building in Hartford.

Blamed and bemoaned, the 2.5% municipal spending cap that’s been frustrating town and school officials across the state may be headed for history’s scrap heap of abandoned ideas. Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Tuesday that “mandate relief for cities and towns” would be a centerpiece of the state budget he presents next week, and issued a list of “mandate relief proposals” … read more

In this week's Ridgefield Press

Here’s a look at some of the headlines in this week’s Ridgefield Press: A candlelight vigil in Ballard Park drew 197 residents Sunday night. And that’s not the only local effort shaping up in resistance to President Donald Trump’s refugee ban. Speaking of presidents, Barack Obama’s director of speechwriting has ties to Ridgefield. He played quarterback in high school and … read more

Parents oppose later start times for elementary school students

A petition against one of the district’s proposed options to change school start times has received more than 200 signatures in less than 24 hours. “The Board of Education has recommended that Barlow, Farmingville and Veterans Park Elementary begin school at 9:20 a.m., 9:45 or 10:15 as part of its strategic plan recommendations,” said petitioner Elza Libhart. “This is anathema … read more

Budget blocker: Bus costs slow push for later start times

A later high school start time offers health benefits for Ridgefield students, but the transportation budget might not allow for it. That was the consensus during the Jan. 9 Board of Education meeting, where educators looked at a possible three-tier bus system to create an 8 a.m. start time at the high school and both middle schools. “It’s going to … read more

School closing, start times back on education board agenda Monday

The Board of Education is set to meet in the Town Hall Annex Monday night following a meeting earlier this month at Scotts Ridge Middle School that drew about 100 residents. Topics on Monday night’s agenda include the district’s ongoing capacity report that aims to solve the ongoing enrollment decline. The board is examining three options — one involving closing … read more

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