Early decision: Ridgefield Public Schools to close Tuesday

Interim Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote isn’t taking any chances with a snowstorm forecasted to hit the area Tuesday, Feb. 12. Ridgefield students won’t attending school tomorrow thanks in large part to the timing of the impending storm. This marks the third closure this year for students. Last year, Ridgefield Public Schools went until June 29. The district had 14 closures. To read … read more

Schools to host party for interim superintendent

Ridgefield’s interim superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote will receive a farewell celebration Thursday, Feb. 14, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the schools’ central office at 66 Prospect Street. Paddyfote joined the district on June 11, 2018, following the resignation of Karen Baldwin in late March of the same year. “Dr. Paddyfote has been a true leader to her staff, and … 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

Police investigate pre-Christmas threat at Ridgefield High School

Ridgefield police detectives are investigating a written threat that was found in a textbook at Ridgefield High School Dec. 20. A RHS student, speaking to The Press on condition of anonymity, said the threat was reported after a classmate “showed an interest in firearms in one of their classes.” “The student was reported to the deans so that the school … read more

Superintendent search to include focus groups on Sept. 17-18

The Ridgefield Public Schools’ Board of Education has begun the process of finding a new Superintendent of Schools, and has selected Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) to conduct the search. Board of Education Chair Frances Walton is leading the search committee, which is comprised of school board members. The new superintendent will replace Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote, who was appointed interim superintendent … read more

Schools hire assistant superintendents

Two hires down, two more to go. The Board of Education voted to hire Craig Creller as assistant superintendent of Ridgefield Public Schools at a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14. Creller most recently worked for the Norwalk Public School district as an interim chief academic officer. “He was responsible for closing the achievement gap, planning professional development activities, improving preschool … read more

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