Jill Katkocin named new principal at Scotland Elementary School

Jill Katkocin has been named the new principal of Scotland Elementary School. She will replace Dr. Alison Villanueva, who was named interim principal in December. Superintendent Dr. William Collins said that 38 candidates applied for the position, and that group was whittled down to four final candidates. School board chairwoman Margaret Stamatis said she was confident that Katkocin would “work hard to … read more

Scotland teams up with Ben’s Bells

Scotland Elementary School hosted an assembly Feb. 27 to celebrate it being the first Ben’s Bells pilot school in Ridgefield. Scotland was drawn to Ben’s Bells’ Kind Campus program because it promotes changing the culture of schools in positive ways. “We felt strongly that we wanted a program that would reach beyond educating only students,” said SES parent and Ben’s … read more

Letter: A great educator just slipped through our fingers

To the Editor: I am moved to write this letter because a great educator is slipping through our fingers. As Scotland mom Patty Labozzo recently wrote in the Press, “Mr. Santasiero, a Ridgefield resident, brought a lightness back to SES that was missing for so long. […] Our family was grateful for the grounding stability Mr. Santasiero gave our school … read more

Scotland shuffle: Pisseri rescinds offer, Villanueva picked as new interim principal

Scotland Elementary School will be getting a new principal — just not the one parents and kids originally thought. Incoming principal of Scotland Elementary School Michael Pisseri, who was hired by the district on Nov. 21, has withdrawn his acceptance of the position. That lead Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote to name Dr. Alison Villanueva as interim principal of Scotland … read more

Letter: Not hiring Santarsiero is a great loss for Scotland Elementary

Recently, the Scotland Elementary School community learned Mr. Santarsiero, our interim principal, was not hired to remain on as full-time principal. I’m completely shocked, as Mr. Santarsiero wanted this position, applied for this position, and has proven himself in this position — working so diligently these last few months while in the capacity of interim. SES has gone through so … read more

Schools to interview, possibly hire Scotland principal tonight

The school board will interview candidates to be the principal at Scotland Elementary School at 6 p.m. tonight — Tuesday, Nov. 20. The board is set to conduct the interviews in a closed-door executive session before opening the meeting to the public where it will possibly vote on the school’s new principal. The meeting will take place in the Leheny … read more

Scotland School blood drive: ‘Little Doctors’ help to save lives

Scotland Elementary School will be sponsoring its sixth annual student-run blood drive  Thursday, Oct. 25 from 4-8:30 p.m. On this day, the fifth grade students, who have worked to both educate and recruit potential donors, will act as ambassadors for the drive, escorting people to their seats, handing out snacks and juice and entertaining the children of the donors while … read more

Schools begin search for new Scotland principal

The hunt is on for a full-time principal at Scotland Elementary School after Joanna Genovese resigned over the summer amidst and uproar from parents over posts on her personal Facebook page. In August, the district hired William Santarsiero to serve as interim principal until a full-time hire is made. Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote said she has received 20 applications … read more

Scotland hires William Santarsiero as interim principal

William Santarsiero will serves as interim principal of Scotland Elementary School this fall. Ridgefield Public Schools hired Santarsiero at a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 7. Santarsiero has served as principal of Morris Street Elementary School in Danbury for 21 years. “He is kind, passionate, compassionate, and always places students at the center of his decision-making. He is beloved in his … read more

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