NORWALK– Among the leading stories in Norwalk education in 2015 is the consultation of Dr. Steven J. Adamowski as superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools.
Accepted by the Board of Education in a vote of 5-4, Adamowski has actually been well gotten by the community at-large. In his very first weeks on the task in July, he addressed vital areas such as unique education and developing a policy for students attending school outside of their neighborhoods.
With numerous jobs in Central Workplace, he quickly hired teachers to serve in his cabinet. Adamowski concerned Norwalk with more than 35 years of education experience, having recently functioned as an unique master with the Connecticut State Department of Education where he handled low-performing school districts.
He also worked as a superintendent in Hartford, Norwich, Cincinnati, Clayton, Mo., and Chatham, NJ
Former Superintendent Dr. Manuel Rivera announced his resignation in late 2014 and resigned on Jan. 30, 2015. James A. Connelly functioned as interim superintendent from February to July this year.
Former Norwalk Board of Education member Jack Chiaramonte stepped down in March following profanity-laced Facebook post that offended some in Norwalk.
In the social media post, Chiaramonte slammed President Barack Obama, Rev. Al Sharpton or LawyerAttorney general of the United States Eric Holder in regards to an assault video that went viral.
Days after the event, Chiaramonte resigned from the Norwalk Board of Education and wrote a series of Op-Eds in The Hour. In a letter announcing his resignation, Chiaramonte said the Facebook post caused a distraction to the board and he resigned in order to get rid of that diversion. He likewise informed The Hour that he was stepping down to accept a new job that would require consistent taking a trip out of the location.
Chiaramonte served on the BOE from 2007 to 2015. District D Republicans selected Bryan Meek to change Chiaramonte on the school board.
In addition to Meek, the Norwalk Board of Education gained 2 brand-new members during Novembers election for 5 in-district seats.
Newbie Yvel Crevecoeur, a Democrat, replaced long time BOE member Rosa Murray in District A. Murray, who served on the board from 1991-2015, revealed earlier this year she would not seek reelection.
Crevecoeur beat newbie Joseph Perella, an unaffiliated candidate who operated on the Republican politician Party line.
Erik T. Anderson, a former member of the Board of Price quote and Tax, unseated two-term incumbent Migdalia Rivas throughout Septembers Democratic primary election in District B. Rivas served on the school board from 2006 to 2015.
Anderson ran unopposed in the November basic election. Both Crevecoeur and Anderson were sworn in following the November election.
Meek retained his BOE seat in District D, winning against Democratic opposition Haroldo Williams.
BOE Chairman Michael Lyons was chosen to a 2nd term, winning a close race against Democratic challenger Lisa Nuzzo in District C.
Michael Barbis, a District E Democrat, ran unopposed in his bid for a second term on the school board.
The Norwalk school district celebrated the professions of numerous administrators, who retired from education this year.
Previous Deputy Superintendent Tony Daddona retired from Norwalk Public Schools in June after 36 years with the school district.
Daddona first came to Norwalk in 1979 as a social research studies teacher at Brien McMahon High School. He later served the district as a guidance therapist at McMahon and interim principal at Norwalk High School prior to he was appointed as deputy superintendent in July 2008.
Unique Education administrator Dr. Beatrice Krawiecki retired from Norwalk Public Schools in June after serving the district for 54 years. Krawiecki, who worked in a number of city schools and Central Workplace, celebrated her retirement with over 200 coworkers in a gathering at the Norwalk Inn in Might.
Grace Vetter, previous Health Solutions Planner for the school district, retired after 35 years in nursing, consisting of 21 years with the school system. She invested the bulk of her career as a school nurse at Norwalk High School, where she treated thousands of students. As Health Services Coordinator, she served as manager for 21 school nurses.
The district also added 5 new principals this school year to replace principals that either retired or moved on to other roles.
Medard Thomas was appointed principal of Columbus Magnet School. He changed former Columbus principal Emily Lopez, who stepped down to end up being executive director of LilySarahGrace Fund. Prior to concerning Norwalk, Thomas served as assistant principal at Jettie S. Tisdale School, a Pre-K-8 school in Bridgeport.
Jenna Masone was designated principal of Wolfpit Primary school. She changed previous principal Frances Mahoney, who retired in June.
Masone pertained to Wolfpit from Hindley Elementary School in Darien, where she worked as an assistant principal for three years. Prior to operating in Darien, Masone invested the majoritymost of her education profession in Norwalk working as instructor and assistant principal at Brookside Elementary School.
The school district likewise designated three brand-new principals from within its ranks.
Julie Parham, who functioned as a world languages teacher at the Center for Global Researches, was selected as Director of the Center for Global Researches. Parham is likewise an organizer of the Brien McMahons International Baccalaureate Diploma program. She will replace former CGS Director Roz McCarthy, who retired in June.
Theresa Rangel, a previous Curriculum and Direction Website Director at Brookside Elementary School, was selected as principal of Tracey Primary school. Rangel, a multilingual teacher, changed longtime Tracey Principal Dr. Paul Krasnavage, who retired in June.
Dr. Damon Lewis, a former assistant principal of Ponus Ridge Middle School, was selected Principal of Ponus Ridge Middle School. Lewis changed former Ponus Ridge Principal Linda Sumpter, who retired in June.
All five principals were advised by previous interim Superintendent James A. Connelly.
Norwalk lost 2 of its longtime teachers with the passing of Dr. Lawrence F. Cafero, Sr. and Bruce LeVine Mellion.
Cafero worked for Norwalk Public Schools for 26 years as an administrator. He functioned as principal of Ponus Ridge Intermediate school and West Rocks Intermediate school. He was likewise an assistant principal at the former Benjamin Franklin Junior high.
Cafero passed away at his house in Trumbull in February. He was 94.
Mellion worked for Norwalk Public Schools for more than 45 years as a teacher, consisting of the last 15 years as president of the Norwalk Federation of Educators. He likewise functioned as a store teacher at Brien McMahon High School.
As union president, Mellion was recognized as a devoted advocate for instructors and an experienced arbitrator.
He likewise established Literacy 4 Moms and dads 4 Their Kid, a program developed for moms and dads to teach literacy at homein the house to their youngsters. Mellion died at his house in September. He was 68.
Maurice Mo Tomlin, a former two-sport standout professional athlete at Brien McMahon High School, passed away in March.
Tomlin, a Norwalk local, worked as a coach and security personnel at his university and the former athletic director at the Carver Center. As a high school student, he played basketball and football. He was 42.
In August, David Marchetti, a previous world languages teacher at Brien McMahon High School, was accuseded of 4 counts of voyeurism and risk of injury to a small following Might 2015 allegations by students there that he had actually been taking inappropriate pictures and videos of female students.
Marchetti resigned from his position at Brien McMahon in June and pleaded not guilty to all charges in September. He is due back in court in January 2016.
In November, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Workplace of Running start suspended the Norwalk Real estate Authority (NHA) Head Start early childhood advancement program for 30 days.
The ACF cited a number of problems including a youngster being left ignored on a play ground, a youngster created in a bathroom and a kid having to sit near a trash can for misbehaving. The company likewise found issues with staffing, ineffectual leadership and irregular classroom schedules.
NHA operated Head Start, school readiness and related child daycare programs at Nathanial Ely School and Ben Franklin Center since January 2014, after ACF suspended NEONs operation of the program in Oct. 2014.
Presently, Norwalk Housing Authority has appealed the suspension and asked for an informal hearing on the matter.
A current audit of the school districts unique education department revealed it remains in worse condition now than its last review 3 years back.
The audit performed by the Capitol Area Education Council (CREC) stated regular personnel turnover, poor employment, working with and supervisory practices, inefficient central authority, and inadequate tracking and supervision of procedures has added to the current state of the special education in Norwalk.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Adamowski commissioned the most recent audit after school officials discovered considerable expense overruns in the department throughout the summer season of 2015.
CREC has actually prompted Norwalk Public Schools and the Board of Education to show a sense of seriousness to set up modifications in organizational structure, processes, staffing, USAge of resources and interaction. Adamowski and the Board of Education have actually concurredconsented to work vigilantly to fix the matter.