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Norwalk BoE set to name new Special Education director

Yvette Goorevitch, M.Ed. (Courtesy New York Council of Administrators of Special Education)

Updated, 5 p.m. July 1: BoE will vote Aug. 15.

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Board of Education has lined up a new director for its Special Education Department.

Yvette Goorevitch, M.Ed., the nominee, was named Special Education Administrator of the Year by the New York Council of Administrators of Special Education (NYCASE) in 2016.

Ms. Goorevitch deeply impressed the Board of Education members in her interview this evening. She has the right combination of experience, knowledge and compassion for students and their parents,” BoE Chairman Mike Lyons said in a Thursday Facebook post.

Gooveritch met Thursday afternoon with members of SpEd Partners and with the BoE Ad Hoc Special Education Committee being interviewed Thursday evening by the BoE in an executive session. She has not yet been voted on as the nominee, but Lyons sent her name and resume to NancyOnNorwalk late Thursday.

Jeffry Spahr of SpEd Partners used Facebook to advertise the opportunity to meet Gooveritch, saying, “Our candidate has been thoroughly vetted and has visited Norwalk twice including a full day of school visits and meetings with staff.”

After the meeting, Spahr wrote, I thought the candidate was impressive.”

Gooveritch would take over the direction of a troubled, but said to be improving, department, which has had a revolving door of leaders. She would replace NPS Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services Lynn Toper, who resigned in December, after being hired in May and hailed as the tonic the department needed to heal its ills.

There have been seven Special Education Department leaders since 2009, according to Special Education parents.

Gooveritch has been the Director of Special and Alternative Education for the City of New Rochelle, N.Y.,  since 1991. She was District Administrator of Special Education for the New York City Department of Education District 7 for four years prior to that.

She began her career as a Special Education teacher for the New York Department of Edcuation from 1975 to 1977, working with both adolescents and young children, according to her resume. From 1979 to 1987, she was Committee on Special Education Chairperson for the New York City Department of Education District 7.

The Board will vote Aug. 15 on her appointment, Lyons said Sunday.

2 comments

Jane Doe July 6, 2017 at 4:01 pm

This woman had previously worked in New Rochelle, NY as the special education director and being a parent of child whom is severely autistic, I don’t have one kind word to say about her. She made my life a nightmare for two years and only after spending thousands of dollars on attorneys and advocates was I able to have my son transferred to a school out of district which met my son’s needs. She was nothing but rude, condescending, and just an obnoxious person overall. I hope you have researched her background with regards to her lying about wheelchair bound students being left inside a building during a fire. Please be aware of her background and not just the smoke and mirrors that she betrays herself as

Julia Ochs July 9, 2017 at 8:46 am

Jane Doe, I am so sorry to hear that was your experience. It does not reflect mine at all. When we just moved to New Rochelle, and I didn’t know anyone I found that Yvette was responsive to my desire to have my son educated in the mainstream. I’m not sure any other district would have embraced him the way New Rochelle under Yvette’s leadership did.

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