Gwen Rummell Reporting –

Students from Ridgewood Local Schools finished phasing in for the 2023-24 term on Wednesday, August 23rd.

Superintendent Mike Masloski said the school has been very busy over the summer, with a new administrative hire and several school projects.

“We have a new elementary principal this year, Nate Carpenter. Nate was a veteran teacher here at Ridgewood. He got that position after the retirement of Lori Cabot, who held that position the past seven years.”

Ridgewood Elementary will be working on students’ reading levels this year, with a focus on phonics. In addition, students struggling with reading will undergo dyslexia testing.

Masloski announced the pavement of school parking lots, as well as, a new access road.

“We had a major project this year – we milled and asphalted all the parking lots in our school district. We also put in a new access road at our middle school so parent and student drop-offs, it will be a lot smoother. That will make it a lot safer for our parents, students, and community members.”

A lined and paved lot will be provided for the marching band in the case of rain causing flooding of the football field.

Breakfast will continue to be free and students who qualified for reduced lunches will have free lunches for the year.

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