Schools to host party for interim superintendent

Ridgefield’s interim superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote will receive a farewell celebration Thursday, Feb. 14, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the schools’ central office at 66 Prospect Street. Paddyfote joined the district on June 11, 2018, following the resignation of Karen Baldwin in late March of the same year. “Dr. Paddyfote has been a true leader to her staff, and … read more

Dr. William Collins named Ridgefield’s new superintendent of schools

Ridgefield has a permanent superintendent once again. Dr. William Collins — former superintendent of Newington Public Schools — was hired Tuesday, Dec. 18. He will take over the job from Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote on Feb. 19, 2019. A self-professed local history enthusiast, Collins started working as a bus driver back in his teen years. “I drove a school … read more

Superintendent search: Integrity, communication are top priorities for Ridgefield

What’s important to Ridgefield in a new superintendent? According to the results of a survey of the community, “integrity” was one of the most commonly cited qualities that residents want to see in a new permanent superintendent — even trumping experience for some respondents. The answer is a rebuke of Dr. Karen Baldwin, the district’s previous superintendent who resigned in … read more

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