Ridgefield schools eyeing 2012 bond vote
As the city of Ridgefield has undergone population and business growth in recent years, its school system has remained the same. The district has not had a new school built since 1972. The last remodeling project came 18 years ago. Meanwhile, residents have passed only two bond measures for school upgrades in the past 20 years. The result of this troubling equation, officials said, is schools rife with overcrowding, portable classrooms used as a long-term solution and a lack of core facilities such as gyms and cafeterias. The school district also suffers from safety issues associated with buses and parents waiting in the same line after school, officials said.The school district needs an infusion of money to accommodate the student increase, officials said this week, but raising the money promises to be difficult. In the past 10 years, voters have rejected five bond proposals. District officials said a new bond would likely go before voters in early 2012, but have not determined how much money they would seek. Information discussed at a recent Ridgefield schools symposium suggested improvements could cost $39 million to $45 million.Ridgefield officials will discuss results from the symposium on district needs at an open house from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave.