Sunday, March 11, 2018, 10:35 p.m.
RIDGEFIELD, CT — After a special Executive Session was called by the Ridgefield Board of Education last Friday, the Chairman of the Board announced Sunday, via email, that Ridgefield Superintendent of Schools Karen Baldwin has been placed on administrative leave. Te letter did not state whether or not Dr. Baldwin is on paid or unpaid leave.
The following letter was sent to parents Sunday evening:
“Dear Ridgefield Community,
After the Special Meeting that the Board of Education held on Friday evening, we want to reassure all members of our school community that the board will continue to work closely with the experienced team of leaders who work in our schools and in the District’s Central Office to ensure that work continues without interruption. Our administrators and teaching staff have a depth of knowledge and experience that will help to guide the District.
On Friday at a Special Meeting of the Ridgefield Board of Education, the board took the following actions. The Board of Education authorized board member Jonathan Steckler, to appoint an investigator to look into the alleged use of sources by the Superintendent. The investigation will be without prejudice. While the investigation is ongoing, the Superintendent has been placed on Administrative leave. An interim Superintendent will be appointed shortly. Our community is relying on the professional Ridgefield administrators, teachers, and staff to be focused on the job of teaching and learning. If anyone has any questions or comments that they feel are of immediate importance, please begin by contacting your building administrator.
Board of Education Chair”
The investigation stems from allegations made that Dr. Baldwin’s letter to parents following the Parkland, Florida high school shootings was plagiarized. After it took Dr. Baldwin a week to address the tragic shooting in which 17 high school students were murdered, parents and students were upset and voiced their concerns on various town Facebook pages. Paul Kim, a Ridgefield High School senior, attempted to address the plagiarism at a Board of Education meeting, but was not allowed to speak.
The following document was obtained by CT Buzz News that shows striking similarities between Dr. Baldwin’s communications and letters and speeches from others, including Brookfield’s Superintendent of Schools and President Barack Obama.
Click here to read the document.
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