NORWALK, Conn. – Concerned about who the next superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools will be? The Norwalk Board of Education wants to hear from you.
A series of community input sessions have been scheduled to allow everyone in the community to share feedback on the characteristics they would like to see in their next superintendent, said Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons.
“The broader the public participation we can generate in this process, the more successful our search will be,” Lyons said in a press release.
Lyons said community input is critical to developing the position profile for a superintendent search and the board is on its way: More than 200 responses have already been received in an online survey posted on Jan. 18 by PROACT, the search firm hired by the board.
The survey responses, along with the feedback and input that will be provided throughout the community input meetings, will provide a basis for the types of candidates to be recruited.
There will seven community input sessions, organized by a superintendent search team led by Norwalk Community College President David Levinson. “We have chosen a wide variety of venues for our community meetings to reach out to as many people as possible, particularly groups that in earlier searches have not been heard from,” he said in the press release.
One meeting will be conducted in Spanish. Spanish translators will be provided at all the other meetings. All of them begin at 7 p.m.
The schedule is:
- Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.: A community input session in the Multi-media gallery at Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave.
- Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.: Parent and community input session in the library at Norwalk High School, 23 Calvin Murphy Drive.
- Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.: A community input session in the community room at the Carver Community Center, 7 Academy St.
- Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.: Parent and community input session in the Center for Global Studies Community Room at Brien McMahon High School, 300 Highland Ave.
- Tuesday, Feb 19, at 7 p.m.: A Spanish language community input session in the South Norwalk Community Center Multi-Purpose Room, 98 South Main Street
- Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.: A community input session in the community room at City Hall, 125 East Ave.
- Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.: An NAACP/ community input session in the Martin Luther King Hall at Grace Baptist Church, 17 West Ave.