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

Special education, health insurance costs higher than expected for Ridgefield schools

Ridgefield Public Schools have spent, or are obligated to spend, $92.4 million out of its $95-million 2018-19 school budget, according to the January financial report to the Board of Education. The schools are on track to spend the entire $95 million, according to the report, which is submitted monthly by Business Manager Dawn Norton. Costs for special education, legal counsel, and … read more

Ridgefield schools to be closed Monday, March 4

Ridgefield students and teachers won’t have to wake up early tomorrow to check the weather report. That’s because Superintendent Dr. William Collins announced Sunday night that the town’s nine public schools would be closed Monday, March. 4. “All Ridgefield Public Schools and Offices will be closed Monday, 3/4, due to the timing of the winter storm,” the district posted on … read more

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

Parents, teachers protest art cuts at school budget hearing

Don’t cut elementary art teachers. That was the resounding message from parents, teachers, and at least one Ridgefield High School senior during the Board of Education’s budget hearing Saturday, Feb. 9, at Scotts Ridge Middle School. “The proposed budget looks to cut this rich learning environment,” said Jennifer Zeyer, an art teacher at Scotland Elementary. She claimed the cuts, which … read more

Elementary schools begin kindergarten registration this week

Kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year will be held at each of the district’s six elementary school over the next several weeks. Farmingville, Scotland, and Veterans Park will also hold registrations for parents that week. Farmingville on Tuesday, Feb. 26, Scotland on Thursday, Feb. 28, and Veterans Park on Friday, March 1. Branchville will host their session Monday, March … read more

Forced regionalization? Proposed school bill creates ‘significant challenges’


A newly proposed bill in Connecticut’s legislature could change the makeup of Ridgefield’s school district. The bill (SB 454) was introduced by State Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-11), who represents New Haven. If passed, the new bill would create a commission charged with developing a plan to consolidate school districts in towns with fewer than 40,000 residents. In … read more

Ridgefield schools closed Wednesday, Jan. 30

A three-hour delay for Ridgefield Public Schools has been turned into a full-day closure Wednesday, Jan. 30. “Ridgefield Public Schools will be closed today, January 30, based on the forecast for snow squalls with high winds at the time of school dismissal,” the school district said on its Twitter account at 7:41 a.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service predicts scattered … 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

New superintendent signs $233,000 deal

Dr. William Collins, Ridgefield’s new superintendent, will take over the school district Tuesday, Feb. 19 following the district Presidents’ Day weekend vacation. When Collins does take over for Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote, he will be earning $233,303, along with a $14,660 annuity, according to a contract signed Jan. 9. The contract, which was drafted by Shipman and Goodwin, the … read more

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