Phillis Wheatley poetry: Scotts Ridge students learn about privilege, agency

For centuries, the written word has been used to move people to action on issues that an author deems important. Words can connect the reader to the humanity of the subject and prompt them to action. That’s what Scotts Ridge Middle School eighth graders learned when historical interpreter Cheyney McKnight spoke to them about the work of 18th century enslaved … read more

Scotts Ridge Middle School to host Mary Poppins Jr. this weekend

All it takes is the word “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to invoke images of the practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins. With 97 students participating, Scotts Ridge Middle School will present the junior version of the classic musical “Mary Poppins” Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The show will take place in the Scotts … read more

Scotts Ridge security guard watches out for students — one high five at a time

Clarence Buie starts his day greeting Scotts Ridge Middle School students with what has become a time-honored ritual — a high five for each individual kid as they file through past his security guard desk. “It’s a door-opener,” Buie said as students shuffled through the halls last week. He’s developed something of a secret handshake with some of the students … 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

$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

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