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NPS losing Chief Academic Officer Conner

Norwalk Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Michael Conner begins an update on middle school redesign recently in City Hall.

Updated, 1:39 p.m.: Statement from Norwalk Public Schools.

NORWALK, Conn. — Michael Conner, credited with helping Norwalk Pubic Schools make great strides forward, is leaving the district.

Conner, NPS Chief Academic Officer, has been selected to be the new Middletown Superintendent of Schools.

“I look forward to this new journey starting in September,” Conner said in a Tweet, hashtag, #Change the World.

 

Current Middletown Superintendent Patricia Charles retires in September, the Hartford Courant reports.

NPS Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams released this statement Tuesday afternoon:

“Norwalk Public Schools congratulates Dr. Michael Conner on his appointment as superintendent of Middletown Public Schools. During his time in Norwalk, Dr. Conner has led the Curriculum & Instruction Department through work that will continue to ‘Raise the Bar and Close the Gap’ for Norwalk students for years to come. With a solid foundation in place, Central Office and school administrators are well positioned to continue the progress on academic initiatives such as Middle School Redesign, the implementation of rigorous new reading and math curriculums, and the expansion of summer learning. We wish Dr. Conner and his family all the best as he takes on this new career opportunity.”

“One of our members of our senior team is probably leaving,” Norwalk Board of Education Vice Chairman Mike Barbis said at Monday’s Democratic Town Committee meeting. “It’s a coup for him, it’s a loss for us. He is not leaving because of anything here it’s just a great opportunity.”

Conner was the recent recipient of The Network Journal’s 20th annual 40-Under-40 Achievement award, BoE member Sherelle Harris reported in June.

“Under his leadership, his team has made great strides for the district, including, but not limited to, middle school redesign … closing the gap for ELL/ESL students and improved overall data in various cohorts,” Harris wrote.

“Norwalk has cut its achievement gap by one-third, which is right in line with the goals of our Strategic Operating Plan,” said Norwalk Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Adamowski said in a July press release.

Conner was quoted as saying, “Our steadfast focus on reform initiatives and Strategic Operating Plan priorities is making a difference.”

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