Ridgefield Public Schools
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Information Regarding Superintendent of Schools Search

Effective August 31, 2019, Dr. William C. Collins has resigned as Superintendent of the Ridgefield Public Schools due to medical complications.

Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote is currently the Interim Superintendent of Schools.

The Board of Education, functioning as the Personnel Search Committee, is engaged in the work of finding a permanent Superintendent of Schools. The Personnel Search Committee will recommend a candidate for Superintendent to the sitting BOE. The sitting BOE will elect the Superintendent with a vote taken in a public meeting. The election of a school superintendent is a state-legislated responsibility of the BOE. Conn. Gen. Stat Sec 10-157

The Board of Education seeks to communicate factual information to the public regarding the search process and status. The information on this page will be updated at key milestones.

  • August 28, 2019 - The BOE approved a motion to accept the resignation of Dr. William Collins as Superintendent of Schools and authorized the Board Chair to sign a letter confirming the resignation.
  • August 28, 2019 - The BOE approved a motion to establish a Personnel Search Committee whose purpose is to recommend a candidate or candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools for the Ridgefield Public Schools, and move further that all members of the Ridgefield Board of Education be appointed to the committee.
  • The Personnel Search Committee has met. Meetings of a Personnel Search Committee for executive level positions are excluded from the definition of a public meeting under the FOIA. Conn Gen. Stat Sec 1-200 (2)
  • The Personnel Search Committee has engaged the services of Cooperative Educational Services (CES) to facilitate the search for the position of the RPS Superintendent of Schools.
  • November 6, 2019 - The BOE approved a motion to expand the Personnel Search Committee to include newly-elected members of the Board of Education effective immediately.

Click this link to be directed to the CES site for more information about the position. The application deadline has passed and applications are no longer being accepted.