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Norwalk principal’s fans rally to oppose possible termination

A rally in support of West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore begins Tuesday at Norwalk City Hall. Teachers were told that if they attended they’d be fired, Norwalk Branch NAACP President Brenda Penn-Williams said.

Families stand in the shade outside Norwalk City Hall on Tuesday as a 50-minute long rally continues.

Updated, 2:13 p.m.: Read 180 info. Corrections 2 p.m.: Dan Koppel, Blaire Anderson is WRMS PTO President. Updated, 6:47 a.m.: Headline and copy edit

NORWALK, Conn. —An embattled Norwalk middle school principal was lauded Tuesday by citizens who said her job is in jeopardy, with many criticizing Norwalk Public Schools administration.

“West Rocks used to have a horrible reputation. It is on its way up, not because of what (Superintendent of Schools Steven) Adamowski is doing, because of what she and every student and educator in that building are doing,” West Rocks Middle School School Governance Council member David Young said in front of City Hall, at a rally called in support of WRMS Principal Lynne Moore.

About 100 people attended the rally, although Moore’s situation is not clear given that school administrators say they can not comment on personnel matters.

“Superintendent Dr. Steven Adamowski has summoned Dr. Moore for a meeting tomorrow to allegedly discuss her employment as principal and the school system. As interested parties, we feel strongly that Dr. Moore should remain at West Rocks as it’s {sic} leader,” a press release sent Tuesday by Robert DiPalma said.

Supporters of West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore rally Tuesday at Norwalk City Hall.

“We have a meeting tomorrow to try to find out more about what is actually going to go on, but I think they’re moving for dismissal, so this story has a long way to play out,” Norwalk Association of School Administrators (NASA) Vice President Tony Ditrio said during the rally, after commenting that Moore is brought in to Central Office monthly to discuss “all kinds of terrible things she’s done.”

Supporters of West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore rally Tuesday at Norwalk City Hall.

Moore recently replaced a 30-year old rug in the school’s lobby that people would trip on, Ditrio said, explaining that the administration said there was no money but Moore found a way and “they brought her up on charges for that.”

Moore also got in trouble for trying to send as many students as possible to the Connecticut NAACP’s Great Debate in Bridgeport, he said.

“She is being a good principal,” Ditrio said. “Can she be cantankerous? Oh my God. I have known her a long time and I love her dearly but sometimes she drives me crazy. That’s Lynne, she tells you exactly what she’s thinking, and she acts on it. But behind it all it’s always the kids are what counts.”

The Rev. Jeffry Ingraham said he’s seen some of the correspondence between Moore and district administrators and “every silly accusation … she is able to refute. It is difficult if not impossible to argue with success.”

Moore and NASA recently lost a court battle, with a judge upholding a reprimand issued to her in 2016 by Chief of School Operations Frank Costanzo, over her actions regarding the middle school redesign.

That was her fourth reprimand, all accusing her of insubordination.

The most marked of these accusations came from then-Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera, who wrote in 2014 that he had spoken to 25 West Rocks staff members who described a culture of bullying at the school.

Then-Assistant Superintendent Tony Daddona in 2012 wrote that Moore polished off her defiance of a directive from then-Superintendent of Schools Susan Marks to name a teacher to cut by sending her reluctant recommendation – past the deadline – not to him but to then-Chief Operating Officer Elio Longo.

Then-Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Corda in 2009 wrote, “You have created serious concerns about the trust that is placed in you to honor confidential information.”

Ditrio, in an email after the rally, said:

“It is not common to get letters in your file from four Superintendents.  With that said it is also true that Dr. Moore’s outspoken opinions on funding for school budgets and criticism of then mayor Moccia {sic}, did make her a target.  I was there for each of those letters and none were used for discipline until Dr. Adamowski.  They were merely the documentation of a difference of opinion. Neither Dr. Rivera or Tony Daddona even met with Lynne about their letters. The first, by Dr. Corda, was the result of a meeting that I attended and had no discipline involved.

“We do not believe that any of these letters represent insubordination. If administrators must fear retribution whenever they have a different opinion that is a sad day for free speech and for respect for a Principals opinion.  Dr. Adamowski found her insubordinate for talking about a proposal before it became Board policy.  On one hand they say she was speaking too soon and then on the other hand was insubordinate for speaking about what were just possibilities at the time.  This is a setup by the three amigos and Dr. Adamowski.”

 

Moore was recently awarded by the Connecticut Association of School Administrators, of which Ditrio is president, as an “Administrator of the Year.”

Ditrio explained:

An award bestowed May 24 upon West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore by the Connecticut Association of School Administrators (CASA). (Contributed)

“This year, CASA is beginning a new tradition – one administrator from each district who has proven to go above and beyond the call of duty to support students and education can be nominated to receive an ‘Administrator of the Year’ award.

“Dr. Moore was nominated by NASA and her nomination was forwarded to CASA.  Dr. Moore met all the same qualifications as the other five awardees.  They were presented their awards at the CASA annual dinner on May 24, 2018.

“At the time of the awards we did not have any information about what was coming in relation to the letter of reprimand. I would say that no one could doubt or argue with the fact that Dr. Moore ‘goes above and beyond the call of duty to support students and education’.  Dr. Adamowski may not like the fact that Dr. Moore received the award, but nothing in their assertions contradicts the reason she received the award.”

 

Multiple speakers at Tuesday’s rally described Moore as someone who stands up for the children.

“She does things, what’s best for the school and for the kids and if it goes against what they want, like, she gets reprimanded for it. There’s really not much to it that’s, from our standpoint that’s not bad. From their standpoint, it’s bad,” WRMS School Governance Council member Dan Koppel said after the rally.

Blaire Anderson begins Tuesday’s rally to support West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore.

Blaire Anderson, WRMS PTO President, said afterwords that Moore is “very creative in the ways that she goes about solving problems, and she is very creative in the ways that she goes about educating…. . She will look under the rocks and stones to find the best way to get things done. That is not necessarily always going to be the way that they see to get things done. They are not boots on the ground, they are not in the schools, they don’t know the makeup and the kids.”

Anderson began the rally by saying that Moore “has always been a pioneer who is looking for new programs and new ways to help the students to reach their academic potential and improve their performance and a result, also increasing the scores for the district in the process.”

Moore found the Read 180 program in 2014, got funding through the Parent Teacher Organization and led the staff in its successful implementation, Anderson said. Read 180 is now used district-wide, with good results results reported.

NancyOnNorwalk was unable Tuesday evening to confirm that Moore pioneered Read 180 in Norwalk. Former BoE member Sue Haynie on Wednesday said that Marks brought Read 180 to the district, and provided a PDF to show it listed in a 2013 grants update.

Grants presentaiton DDDMT 4.25.13updated

Norwalk Branch NAACP President Brenda Penn-Williams, during the rally, pointed out that West Rock’s Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) scores went up 6 points in 2016-17, as did Roton’s, a much bigger increase than Norwalk’s other two middle schools.

The 2016-17 Connecticut Next Generation Accountability Report gave West Rocks an overall accountability rating of 70.3, up from 64.1 in 2015-16.

Supporters of West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore rally Tuesday at Norwalk City Hall.

Former Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons and the BoE Executive Board have a vendetta against Moore, Penn-Williams said.

“This is a woman that stands up for herself and her school. They don’t like it. The do not like it. They need to go,” she said.

Teachers were told not to attend the rally or they’d be fired, Penn-Williams told the crowd.

Before the rally, Penn-Williams told NancyOnNorwalk that she’d received 10 phone calls from teachers saying they’d be fired if they attended. State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), former NPS Human Relations Officer, said he’d gotten one phone call with that news.

NPS Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams did not reply to an email asking about those comments.

Supporters of West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore rally Tuesday at Norwalk City Hall.

Morris told the crowd that Moore works seven days a week, until 9 or 10 p.m., holding parents, children and everyone accountable yet gets called in for “things that don’t make sense.”

Jefferson Elementary School used to have a principal referred to as “Battleship Betty,” who fought for portable classrooms to keep classroom sizes lower, but after she retired the school went downhill and is not really a magnet school, Morris said.

“If Lynne Moore is removed from West Rocks, if we don’t have a cantankerous woman ready to fight for children, willing to fight for parents, willing to fight for the best in the education… West Rocks will become the next Jefferson,” Morris said.

Ditrio questioned data in general.

“When (Adamowski) leaves, unfortunately some poor sucker is going to come in and have to deal with the aftermath of what he leaves behind,” Ditrio said. “There’s nothing. You think he really made the graduation rate go up in his short time? He had nothing to do with it. It’s data.”

“They didn’t close the achievement gap,” Ditrio said. “He closed a little bit of the gap between Norwalk overall and the state but he certainly didn’t close any other kind of achievement gap, which is the one we really think (the schools did), and he makes you believe he’s talking about. It’s an evil system right now.”

Others said they’re disillusioned.

Julia Beausoleil, left, a recent West Rocks grad, and Autumn Anderson, a West Rocks eight grader, speak at Tuesday’s rally, with Julia referring to the school’s “We are family” motto. “We are taught that everyone has to be kind to each other… when people like the Board of Ed are not kind they just get rewarded,” she said.

Elisabeth Beausoleil, founder of a petition in support of Moore, said that as a WRMS PTO member, “you learn so much about your school, you learn so much about what is going on in Central Office and the games that they like to play. Many of us know that this happens to Dr. Moore every couple of years. She has been on their radar, she has been targeted time and time again.”

The petition had 745 signatures early Wednesday.

Young told the crowd that the WRMS SGC is a rubber stamp, as “the Board of Ed has already decided what they are going to do way ahead of the time, before it’s even in our hands to do anything.”

Other school principals toe the line, he said, asking, “What would you rather have, someone who bucks the system, goes along with everything that is fed to them? I want someone representing us.”

Anderson said after the rally that she understands that as a boss, having a “cantankerous” underling would be difficult. But while Moore didn’t like the middle school redesign, she did it, she said.

Moore did it in a creative way, avoiding making math teachers lead science classes, Anderson said.

“She sat with those numbers all summer to find a way to make things work so that the teachers taught within their subject,” Anderson said. “She did the middle school redesign, but she did it smart and as a result, you look at our scores, they’re going up this year because the teachers are teaching what they know how to teach. I can get from their perspective… she is getting the results and she is respected, she is loved. It’s a very difficult school, very difficult demographic. She keeps those kids in line…. They are being very silo-focused on wanting to implement their plan.”

34 comments

Interesting June 20, 2018 at 5:52 am

Blaire Anderson definitely has her information mixed up. Math teachers did not become science teachers seeing that more math teachers and less science teachers were needed. Dr. Moore did not bring in Math 180 and Read 180, she brought in Compass Learning. Dr. Moore has been at West Rocks for 20 years, but yet test scores went up the last couple of years. Doesn’t seem like Dr. Moore did that. Why would it take 20 years to bring up scores if Dr. Moore was solely responsible for that? And 10 teachers called Brenda Penn-Williams saying they were afraid of being fired for attending a rally? Now that I can not verify, but being very close to several staff members at West Rocks, I highly doubt that. That just seems to be exaggerated. You cannot get fired for going to a rally. I am guessing these parents are getting just one side of the story. Her side. And this “Administrator of the Year” Award, can someone please explain who is on this nomination committee and what is the process? I could not find anything online about this award. Do many people vote on this award or a small committee of people? Just curious on how valid or biased this award is? By the way, if any staff went against Dr. Moore’s directives in her school, Dr. Moore would make sure that teacher is gone. Why is it okay for her to removed teachers who are insubordinate with her requests but it’s not okay for her to be removed for being insubordinate with her bosses? A lot of this just doesn’t make sense.

Lynnehastogo June 20, 2018 at 7:00 am

Well said, I don’t believe for a minute that the teachers support her. There may be a few since it’s well known she has her little “crew” that are favored in her school. As for the award, wasn’t it given by the Administrators Union? The same one she holds a position in? Wasn’t it created this year? Maybe in an effort to save a job? The whole thing stinks if you ask me. Hopefully once she’s gone the staff can begin to fix West Rocks and not be afraid of reprisals. On a side note, once she’s gone can those murals come off the wall?

Elisabeth B June 20, 2018 at 8:10 am

Interesting – Are you a West Rocks parent or staff member? I ask because you seem to know plenty third hand but I’m not hearing your personal thoughts based on your own experiences. For the administrator of the year award, a simple google search yields this website: http://www.ctcasa.org/. I’m sure if you contact them about the award process they will be happy to provide you with more information. Otherwise please tell me your real name so I can email them and send you a copy of their reply.

Lynnehastogo – Again, are you a West Rocks parent or staff member? And “those murals” were designed by students, voted on by students, and painted by students. I would be happy to get their names for you so that you can personally tell them that you want their murals gone. Please let me know your real name so that I can tell them who to expect to contact them about their murals.

At the end of the day, those of us that have children at West Rocks know how hardworking and dedicated ALL of the staff is, especially Dr. Moore. The education provided at West Rocks isn’t just test based education, but students learn respect, the importance of tolerance, and most importantly, kindness.

Thank you again to all who have signed the petition and attended the rally! It’s wonderful to see how a community can come together to support our own. With the teachers being shuffled around like chess pieces this year, I have a feeling we are going to have to rely on each other much more in the coming years. It’s clear Central Office does not put the needs of the children above their own.

Sue Haynie June 20, 2018 at 8:16 am

Dr. Moore is clearly committed to WRMS and has obviously done a good job in the eyes of some of these parents, so that’s a good thing.

However, Dr. Moore is not the Superintendent. When I was on the BOE, Susan Marks was the Superintendent; Dr. Mark’s biggest mistake was probably her desire to be a voice of reason and compromise. Dr. Moore saw this as a sign of weakness and, as a regular presence at BOE meetings during public comments, oftentimes belittled and questioned Dr. Mark’s initiatives and directives.

Dr. Moore had her own ideas about discipline too. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Ed sanctioned NPS for significant discrepancies in the suspension rates of Norwalk’s black/African American special education students. These discrepancies had trended back several years. NPS was required to put aside 15% of their IDEA funding for SPED students to correct the discrepancies. The remediation began at WRMS and Ponus, the two schools with the large discrepancies in suspension rates for the SPED population. PBIS staff was hired with the set-aside SPED dollars.

It was Dr. Marks, by the way, who brought Read 180 into the district, MClass Reading 3D and the Grossman Foundation grant – all 3 initiatives had a focus on improving reading achievement.

Dr. Moore has been reprimanded by four separate Superintendents over a span of 10 years. That is no small feat.

PIBerman June 20, 2018 at 9:05 am

Another unfortunate illustration of Norwalk’s “double standard”. We ignore the indifferenent “management” (to be charitable) at our City Hall. Yet take great interest at the BOE changed with overseeing the school budget (70% of our taxes) and the public school system. Unlike City Hall our schools really matter to parents so the BOE is always under the hot seat caught in between the public Unions, parents, etc.

In recent years the BOE under Mike Lyons leadership has made huge strides becoming our City’s pride and joy. And far distant memories when it was source of unending embarrassment and malfeasance. So its sad to see personnel matters become public. Whatever our personal feelings of those involved it does no service to the community to have personnel matters discussed in public where information is both incomplete and confidential. If we have any pride in our City we ought give the BOE its due. No one ever accused the BOE of being a mere “rubber stamp” like another elected Board.

Blaire Anderson June 20, 2018 at 9:25 am

Just for clarification, I did not mean to say that Dr. Moore brought Read 180 into the district. She brought it into West Rocks, back in 2014, on her own initiative in an attempt to help students with reading challenges. It was funded by the PTO, not the district. She found a solution to a problem within the school, a solution that was unfunded by the Board of Ed. Since then, the program has been implemented district-wide, together with its counterpart, Math 180. She was ahead of the district in finding this program and it is so beneficial that it was then brought into the district. Regarding the math/science teachers, if you take a poll at the middle schools in the district (other than West Rocks) you will most definitely find teachers teaching outside of their practice area, as a result of middle school redesign. They may be “certified” to teach the subjects they’re now teaching, but they had little to no experience teaching that secondary subject prior to the implementation of middle school redesign and were forced, between the time period of May/June 2016 and August 2016 to learn the new subject and the entire curriculum relating to it.

West Rocks Teacher June 20, 2018 at 10:40 am

I am a West Rocks teacher and I can say that there are many of us, both current and former, who do not support Lynne Moore’s insubordinate behavior regarding Centeal Office and the middle school redesign. We also do not support her abusive behavior toward staff and students. I’m not at all concerned about those of you who are going to come back with, “my child had a wonderful experience.” That’s wonderful! I am more concerned with all the students who don’t, and don’t have a voice!

To clarify about Read180 and Math180,, and I have colleagues who were forced to teach it, Central Office brought it to West Rocks, not Lynne Moore.

I have witnessed and suffered Lynne Moore’s abusive behavior toward staff (Including Jalna who posted earlier) and students and her insubordination with regard to implementation of the middle school redesign and other Central Office things. If you want first hand experience of how out of control West Rock truly is, come visit in the middle of the day, or spend the day here, and see how students behave. I’m sure none of the bullied students showed up for the rally.

For all you posters who don’t like that I didn’t use my real name, oh well. I have no problem revealing my true identity to the superintendent and other BOE officials. It’s Dr. Moore I’m protecting myself from.

Brenda Wilcox Williams June 20, 2018 at 10:40 am

Some fact checking: Read 180 was brought into Norwalk by the district initially to help high school students who were behind in reading; extra licenses were given to middle schools based on availability. Along with Math 180, Read 180 was later rolled out to ALL middle schools as part of the work around Middle School Redesign under the 2016-19 Strategic Operating Plan.

Like most employers, we don’t generally comment on personnel matters. But no one from the district has said or implied anything about teachers being fired for attending a rally.

Sue L. June 20, 2018 at 11:38 am

There are definitely a lot of misinformation out there told from the parents end. I am curious where they get their information from or who they get their information from? No one seems to be revealing their source. Until I get documentation from the “horse’s mouth” I would not believe anything coming from these parents who organized this rally. Things just don’t add up.

Brenda Penn-Williams June 20, 2018 at 11:51 am

Brenda Wilcox Williams you have been misinformed. I received 10 calls from teachers afraid to go to the rally because they fear for their jobs.

John S June 20, 2018 at 1:22 pm

“West Rocks Teacher” hits the nail on the head with their comment.

A few things to add… Tony Ditrio is the president or chairman of the organization that awarded Dr. Moore the “Administrator of the Year” award. I’m sorry but this really seems like a political move. Tony Ditrio has battled it out with the BOE for years. This is just another way for him to “stick it to them” now that he is no longer an employee of NPS.

This is my opinion but it seems that Dr. Moore aligns with a few parents to be sure she has an army ready to jump to her defense. I’m sure lots of kids have had great a experience at WRMS but as someone else posted…what about the kids that didn’t?

This is a person that has a history of insubordination as well as been let go from other school systems.
4 incidents on record in 10 years and that not enough to get you fired.
The fact that she is still employed by NPS is bewildering!

Confused June 20, 2018 at 1:31 pm

Confused why any teachers would call Brenda penn Williams? They would contact their union president or representative with any questions in regards to being fired. This doesn’t seem to add up.

Iris12 June 20, 2018 at 2:46 pm

I feel for the West Rocks teacher who fears using her/ his name. Many of the staff at WR quiver under the supervision of their principal. There are tears behind closed doors. Not a healthy emotional environment for them and, thus, the students.

U.S. Blues June 20, 2018 at 2:56 pm

I think it’s just sad that the kids are involved. You know they aren’t getting the full picture.

This is where this generation gets it from, if you dont like the results, rally and protest despite what the boss says. I guess the next move is to disrupt classrooms?

West Rocks Teacher June 20, 2018 at 5:34 pm

@ David Young’s comment in the article, “West Rocks used to have a horrible reputation.” When was this? Five years ago? Lynne Moore had been principal for about 15 years by then. Was it ten years ago? Moore was principal for ten years by then. Was it fifteen years ago? At that time, Moore was there about five years. You can’t be talking about 20 years ago because West Rock had a very good reputation 20 years ago. Would someone please clarify at what point West Rocks had a terrible reputation because it had that horrible reputation while Lynne Moore was principal.

Regarding Brenda Penn Williams comment that 10 teachers called her to let her know they were afraid for their job. I don’t know of any teachers who would call her regarding this matter. Teachers go to their union when they fear for their job. Just because Mrs. Williams says something doesn’t actually make it true.

Interesting June 20, 2018 at 6:33 pm

This just baffles me. If your boss tells you to do something or not do something, then it is your job to follow those orders. Can you imagine if all the teachers that disagreed with Dr. Moore’s directives throughout the years just did what they wanted because THEY thought it was in the best interest of the students? Dr. Moore got rid of those teachers. So why was it okay for her to get rid of teachers who were insubordinate to her but not okay for Dr. A to get rid of her for being insubordinate to his directives? And what exactly are these parents at the rally teaching their kids? If you don’t like something you can just disrespect and dismiss authority? No wonder a teacher’s job is so stressful (among other reasons). Some parents are teaching their children that it is okay to defy authority. If you don’t like some rules then protest. Dr. A and his team have made some incredible progress in this district. People who were used to doing whatever they wanted all these years have to actually work now. And they are being held accountable. It’s about time! Dr Moore is being held accountable and she doesn’t like it.

U.S. Blues June 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Come September, if there is a different principal in place, will all these youth protesters be blocking the playground, tearing the swings apart, spray painting the building chanting, “so-n-so has go to go! He is not our principal!”

Yup, liberalism at it’s best starting at the ground up.
Lol!

Notaffiliated June 20, 2018 at 9:14 pm

I have mixed feelings. I know she’s a hard

worker as her black SUV is always at West Rocks. As a parent of children who attended, I always pause to see the pro Black Bias of famous people in the auditorium and all the signed prints but Crooked Hillary and Obama. White, Asian, Indian, Greeks, etc etc lives matter too. Should the next Principal be gay, should we only see gay role models. Enough is enough. Let’s embrace diversity especially the challenges of black Norwalk kids at the expense of illegal Immigrants

Mitch Adis June 20, 2018 at 9:19 pm

@U.S. Blues. What these kids and parents did was make their opinion known before the results were in. They stood up for what they believe and showed their faces. They have a spine unlike those here who hide their true identity and motives. Is “U.S” your first name? {…} before you question others.
Edited to remove an insult, a violation of the comments policy. https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/comment-guidelines/

Notaffiliated June 20, 2018 at 9:21 pm

Dr Moore would be a rock star if Norwalk and the Democrats view of the country wasnt. to make Norwalk the Hispanic City on the Green. Focusing on legal citizens education would help. It’s sad to see black Democrats can’t fight for this.

PIBerman June 20, 2018 at 10:42 pm

Lets encourage Nancy to keep up the story for a few days so readers can see the full flavor of the story over who makes personnel decisions for City public schools – BOE, Supt., Union, parents, teachers, etc. Just a few years ago we had some BOE members claiming the entire BOE was discriminatory. Why is it that these episodes play out in the public press in Nowalk. But not in other nearby Districts. Will we hear from the NAACP, City Hall, DTC, SoNo leaders, Cranbury leaders, Mayor Rilling, etc. Will Principal Moore make a public statement. How will it all play out before the elections ?

U.S. Blues June 20, 2018 at 11:19 pm

Oh mitchy, lighten up. Just calling like I see it.

People can’t stand up for themselves nowadays. If they’re not for the liberal left they’ll get the snot pummeled out of them and the crowd will rejoice. Isn’t that what is really being taught?

Mitch Adis June 21, 2018 at 8:11 am

@U.S. Your view of the situation is distorted and disturbing. Peaceful protests should be encouraged and not mischaracterized. So… What is your real name?

Niz June 21, 2018 at 8:40 am

My experiences with Dr Moore as a parent whose child was registered at WRMS were not good.
Seems to me Norwalk is divided in all these ‘little clubs’ and it’s failing every division of the city.

Steve Colarossi June 21, 2018 at 9:16 am

Like Mitch, I find the overt culture-war tone to many of the comments to be distressing- and those mocking the student speakers are offensive.
Sorely lacking in this discussion is why this administration is trying to cobble together past personnel file letters into an excuse for possible termination. And if the administration lacks the grounds to terminate Dr. Moore, then why would they re-assign her and pay her salary plus he salary of her replacement?
We have an administration that, despite press releases and a fan club among select BOE members, has not been entirely open, transparent or honest with the public. Special education services have been limited to students in need, programs have been implemented and new administrative positions have been added with no means of long-term sustainable funding and, at budget time, mysterious lists of onerous cuts appear without debate to add political pressure for more and more and more money. Now we are expected to believe this same administration has valid reasons to terminate or reassign someone with decades of experience, who even her critics acknowledge is dedicated to her students. And, they want us to accept their “facts” despite their refusal to obtain ANY INVOLVEMENT FROM THE SCHOOL GOVERNANCE COUNCIL?
Their conscious effort to avoid any input from the School Governance Council (which, by state law, should have input into principal replacement) seems to suggest that the action against Dr. Lynne Moore is less about changing school culture than it is satisfying long-simmering political disputes with an outspoken, fearless and tireless advocate for Norwalk’s students.

Disappointed June 21, 2018 at 10:41 am

I’m seriously disappointed in Bruce Morris’ comment about Jefferson. Shame on him for putting down another Norwalk school like that. Funnily enough, he fought for both of his grandchildren to go through Jefferson (even though they lived out of district- in Bridgeport if I remember correctly) had amazing experiences and are doing exceptionally well in school. The teachers at Jefferson work hard and shouldn’t be a reflection of the administration.

Interesting June 21, 2018 at 10:49 pm

@Steve, her critics acknowledge her dedication to students? This is the first I have heard of this! I know lots of critics of Dr. Moore’s and not one acknowledge her dedication to students. Actually the opposite. And this is the first I heard of CO not consulting SGC for a new principal. Do you know something the rest of us don’t? I have not read anything yet about hiring a new principal at West Rocks. And the superintendent does not need to consult the SGC to terminate or reassign a principal. Where did you hear that they want to terminate her for past files? Nothing has been released on why they want to terminate her, if that is, in fact, what they want to do? Maybe you have info that the public doesn’t because nothing has been publically released that I can see.

Steve Colarossi June 23, 2018 at 5:05 pm

@Interesting-
Really? Through your thinly-veiled anonymity, you attempt to ask the same question (to which you already know the answer) in an effort to somehow undermine the criticism I leveled at a central office administration that is indifferent to parents, antagonistic to taxpayers and oblivious to the consequences to students of their acts and omissions.
First, I have no “inside” information. The headline of the Nancy on Norwalk post provided ample information regarding the possibility that Dr. Lynne Moore was facing the possibility of termination. Having once served on the BOE, I know that terminating principals is difficult and that tense school situations have, in the past, been resolved by transferring a problem principal to the Central Office. It is widely known that the West Rocks School Governance Council has had no input on this matter.
Second, the law governing the duties of a School Governance Council are set forth in Connecticut General Statutes Section 10-223j. The law provides for discreet areas in which the School Governance Council must be involved (such as creating parent compacts, reviewing progress toward academic goals, providing advice regarding the school budget and participating in the interviews of any prospective principals). However, the directory of responsibilities is not the sole limit of school governance council authority. Within the law, at subsection (e)(4), is the general proviso that a school governance shall “provide advice on any other major policy matters affecting the school.” Removing a principal who, arguably, has advanced slightly different policies than those the central office administration would prefer would constitute a potential change in policy matters for the school. Therefore, for the school governance council of West Rocks, it would be necessary for them to have had some input on the matters concerning removal of their principal. It really is that simple.
Of course, if the goal of the administration has been to shun parental input (as it has done to so many parents of special education students), then it is doubtful this administration will abide by the School Governance law. And it is equally doubtful that a deafening silence will greet such action by the BOE majority content to be acolytes of instead of advisors to the Superintendent.

Skyler June 26, 2018 at 8:25 am

Steve, you are such a broken record. You are always defending the bad guys. Give it a break!

Former Teacher July 6, 2018 at 8:20 pm

@Steve, it wouldn’t be the first time Adamowski & co forced a loud-mouthed relentless defender of students into silence…

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