Trucks, trees, and servers: Capital budget lists projects and purchases

A $4.5-million capital budget — major purchases and projects to be paid for with borrowing — was approved by the Board of Selectmen for 2019-20 and will be reviewed by the Board of Finance. “It’s a little higher than we had hoped,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said of list that includes requests by all town departments and the school system. … read more

ERMS celebrates Pi Day, Albert Einstein’s birthday

The excitement was evident last Thursday, March 14, at East Ridge Middle School as students celebrated Pi Day and Albert Einstein’s birthday. Students in Mrs. Kay’s seventh grade math classes dedicated the entire day to learning about the most famous irrational number, Pi (π). Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, has mesmerized mathematicians for centuries. The … read more

East Ridge students to perform The Music Man, Jr. next weekend

Audiences can take a step back in time this weekend and enjoy East Ridge Middle School’s spring 2019 musical, “The Music Man, Jr.” A committed ensemble of students will transport you to River City, Iowa, 1912, with a show full of quirky characters, memorable music, and classic Broadway charm. The show will take place Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March … read more

School board to host budget hearings Saturday, Monday

Voters will get to voice their opinions about the proposed 2019-20 school budget public hearings later this week and early next week. The Board of Education will host its annual weekend budget hearing Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m., in the auditorium of Scotts Ridge Middle School. The board will also hold a second public hearing during its normal meeting … read more

School repairs spark debate

Sometimes snippy exchanges gave way to a more collaborative mood as the selectmen and a trio of school board members talked their way through a long and costly-looking list of needed repairs to school buildings and grounds. “Coleytown Middle School in Westport is a good warning to us here,” said Doug Silver, referring to a mold-plagued building that’s been making … read more

School infrastructure woes raise concern at education, finance board meetings

Water fountains boarded over at Ridgebury Elementary School, a crack running through Scotts Ridge Middle School, pavement at the front of Branchville Elementary School that “looks like it was paved one pothole at a time,” bathroom stall doors that won’t close at Ridgefield High School, dilapidated front steps at East Ridge Middle School  — the town’s nine public schools are … read more

Superintendent asks for 3.43% budget increase

Interim Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote presented a $98,261,254 budget for the 2019-20 school year — a 3.43% increase — to the Board of Education Monday, Jan. 14. The figure is less than the 5.2% increase Paddyfote suggested at the town’s annual tri-board meeting on Dec. 18. Paddyfote explained Monday night that the lower increase was created by the reduction of two … read more

From Connecticut to Cartagena: Cards, school supplies help children in need

Training for the New York City Marathon while volunteering in a foreign country might seem extreme, but for Ridgefield resident Carrie Smuckler every mile on the hotel treadmill was a necessary step towards helping the children in need in Cartagena, Colombia. Smuckler, who traveled to Cartagena in October to bring supplies to schools and youth organizations that are supported by … read more

Ridgefield Mobil gives STEM grant to school

Local resident and Ridgefield Mobil co-owner Todd Schoenherr presented a $500 check to East Ridge Middle School Principal Patricia Raneri from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance in December. The alliance supports STEM education in local communities as ExxonMobil believes it is fundamentally important to encourage the next generation to pursue studies and careers in these fields. Since its inception, ExxonMobil has … read more

Registrar of Voters: Expect delayed ballot tallies

Those eagerly anticipating Ridgefield’s Election Day results better pick up a good book because it’s going to be a long night. The Registrar of Voters has reported ballot machine problems at two of the town’s three polling stations — Yanity and Scotts Ridge Middle School. According to First Selectman Rudy Marconi, around 2,000 ballots at Scotts Ridge have yet to … read more

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