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

$100-million budget? School spending increase to be discussed Monday night

A 5% projected budget increase would push Ridgefield’s public education costs close to the $100-million threshold for the 2019-20 school year. Interim Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote plans to present her official 2019-20 budget proposal to the Board of Education Monday, Jan. 14, in the town hall annex at 7 p.m. “I’m striving to get it below 5%, absolutely. And I’m hoping … read more

Election Day 2018 draws long lines of voters, increase in absentees and voter registration

Town Hall’s front door is open, and relevant offices are buzzing with election-related activity. “It’s very busy,” said Democratic Registrar of Voters Cindy Bruno. “Lots of phone calls, election day registrations.” Any Ridgefielder who is not registered as a voter and can prove they’re 18, a U.S. citizen, and a Ridgefield resident my use “election day registration” to vote at … read more

Back-to-school enrollments: District hires three teachers post-budget

A decrease in first-day enrollment numbers — 4,863 students last year compared to 4,781 students walking Ridgefield’s hallways on Aug. 31 this year — did not stop public school district from hiring three additional teachers. The hires — one elementary school teacher at Barlow Mountain, another at Veterans Park, and a special education teacher at Scotts Ridge Middle School — … read more

Temporary field lights at Scotts Ridge get another five years

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a revised special permit for Scotts Ridge Middle School to use four mobile light towers to illuminate the school’s turf field for the next five years at its July 17 meeting. The commission had originally voted last summer to allow the school to use the lights for one year, Planning and Zoning Director Richard … read more

Meet the retirees: Schools to lose 15 staff members, 309 years of experience

Saying goodbye is the hardest part. Ridgefield schools will have to do just that at the end of the month, when 15 staff members — with a combined 309 years and five months experience — are set to retire. The recent retirees were recognized in a brief ceremony at the beginning of a Board of Education meeting Monday night. Paul … read more

Human Body Systems: Scotts Ridge project receives collaborative library award

The “Human Body Systems” project from the Scotts Ridge Middle School library has been named the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award. Sponsored by Upstart, the $2,500 award recognizes school librarian and teacher collaboration during the development and implementation of a curriculum-supporting program using school library resources. The “Human Body Systems” team … read more

Ridgefielder Becca Cohen tackles gender gap with bananas and Pac-Man

Becca Cohen’s plan to inspire adolescent girls to pursue careers in computer science and physics involves a laptop computer, a circuit board called the “Makey Makey,” and a few pieces of fruit. The 17-year-old Ridgefield High School junior said she hooked the $50 circuit board up to a computer, and then wired electrical clamps to bananas — the fluids inside … read more

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