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Letter: Ridgefield bonds are too much

By Craig T. Lynch, Ridgefield
Published: April 13, 2024, 6:00am

A recent editorial urged readers to approve Ridgefield school bonds (In Our View, April 6) to mitigate problems of overcrowding resulting from rapid development. Probably a good idea, but there is more to the story. The fact was mentioned that our superintendent was recently separated (with no public justification) with a $318,000 buyout. What was not said is that the district did the same thing with a previous superintendent, for another couple hundred thousand dollars, plus some benefits.

Proponents stress that overcrowding is the driving force and classrooms are needed. However, the bonds contain many items like routine building repairs, a wrestling room, locker rooms, track resurfacing, playgrounds and an upgraded band room. Can a Chinese ballet studio be next?

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