School board revives outreach committee

Residents turning up to demand the resignation of the superintendent, students protesting cuts to the high school English department, Scotland Elementary School parents calling for their school principal to be fired, petitions pushing for a vote to rescind later start times — the bi-weekly Board of Education meetings have been a raucous place the past 12 months. Concerned about the … read more

Selectmen hire Emily Pambianchi as town’s social media consultant

To be the electronic eyes, ears and voice of town government, the selectmen have hired a social media consultant. “The news is here today, gone tomorrow,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told fellow selectmen. “Facts seem to be more important than ever.” The selectmen have contracted with Emily Pambianchi of Social Graces Communications to get information out on electronic platforms like … read more

Schools investigate Scotland principal

Ridgefield Public Schools are investigating the conduct of Scotland Elementary School Principal Joanna Genovese after a group of about 100 parents showed up at a June 26 school board meeting to call for her removal. Acting Superintendent Dr. Robert Miller confirmed the investigation to The Press Friday, June 29. “We consider any violation of state law or board policy as … read more

Press offers free subscription to 20,000th Twitter follower

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With 20,000 Twitter followers in sight, The Press is looking to reward the reader who helps it reach this special social media milestone. The newspaper is offering a one-year paid subscription to the 20,000th person to follow The Press on Twitter. The subscription will also come with one-year access to The Press e-edition. The promotion is open to Ridgefield residents … read more

Facebook budget talk sparks recusal request

Should board members be discussing issues around town before voting on them at board meetings? Are written exchanges on social media any different from conversations at the supermarket? Finance board member Jessica Mancini was asked — and declined — to recuse herself from discussions and voting on the school budget, on the grounds school issues had been part of social … read more

Racist photo troubles kids at high school

A white teenager, made up in blackface, with an arrow connecting the image to a written word: “Nigger.” Sound a little, oh, racist? Hate-filled? Ignorant? Imagine seeing that as one the few black kids at the affluent, nearly all-white school where that image was making the social media rounds — Ridgefield High School. “What makes me uncomfortable is the queasy … read more

Schools opt for memes in bid for start time approval

As the dust settles from last month’s surprise victory for proponents of starting school later, Ridgefield educators now face a bigger challenge: getting the project off the ground. The work has settled mainly into two fronts: developing transportation data to make sure kids get to school on time despite the later schedule, and winning the hearts and minds of parents … read more

Students defend teacher who decorated classroom with political posters

A photo taken inside a Ridgefield High School English class and posted on a local Facebook group earlier this week sparked community discussion over whether or not school administrators could censor signs and posters that some felt were too politically biased. In the photo, the classroom decorations feature a poster that reads “Black Lives Matter” and a shirt that reads … read more

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