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  • New “multipurpose driveway and trail” coming to Tracey Elementary School

    New “multipurpose driveway and trail” coming to Tracey Elementary School

    During dropoff and pickup at Tracey Elementary School, located on Camp Street, residents have long complained about the queueing of cars down the street, blocking driveways and preventing residents from getting to and from their houses, according to council member Jim Frayer. But it wasn’t just Camp Street that was getting backed up, council member…

  • Board of Education takes steps toward superintendent contract extension

    Board of Education takes steps toward superintendent contract extension

    At its June 4 meeting, the Norwalk Board of Education voted with six in favor and one abstaining to authorize the Board Chair to sign a contract extension with Superintendent Alexandra Estrella, once it’s finalized. Estrella’s current contract began in 2023 and runs till 2026. Her current base salary is $296,123.85. “This extension would add…

  • Nathan Hale principal named Connecticut’s best new principal of the year

    Nathan Hale principal named Connecticut’s best new principal of the year

    James Crouch, the first-year principal of Nathan Hale Middle School, received the William Cieslukowski Outstanding First-Year Principal Award from the Connecticut Association of Schools. The award recognizes “exceptional leadership and dedication in a first-year principal,” according to a statement from the association.  Superintendent Alexandra Estrella said when they were interviewing candidates for the position, she…

  • “A challenging process”: Norwalk Board of Education approves plan to meet budget cap

    “A challenging process”: Norwalk Board of Education approves plan to meet budget cap

    Cutting central office positions, eliminating a teacher release plan, working with the mayor’s office to bring in additional funds, and potentially relying on future special appropriations are some of the ways the school district will get its budget down to $233.4 million, the cap set by the city. “We were funded at 3%, which did…

  • New health clinic to serve students and families at NPS Family Center this fall  

    New health clinic to serve students and families at NPS Family Center this fall  

    A new health clinic will open this fall at the Norwalk Public School’s (NPS) Family Center on Park Street, bringing essential healthcare services to the families of NPS. Unlike the existing school-based health centers, this one will offer comprehensive care not only to students but to their families. This school year alone, there have been…

  • Norwalk school district struggles to meet budget cap set by the city

    Norwalk school district struggles to meet budget cap set by the city

    After a tough budget season, the Board of Estimate and Taxation approved a 2.39% increase in the city’s budget and a 3% increase in the Board of Education’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  The 3% increase equates to a $233,360,344 budget for the school district, significantly lower than the $245,087,744 proposed budget approved by…

  • New principal at Kendall Elementary School lauded as team player, difference maker

    New principal at Kendall Elementary School lauded as team player, difference maker

    The Norwalk Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Jennifer Sweeters as the new principal of Kendall College and Career Academy, also referred to as Kendall Elementary School.   “Jennifer Sweeters has dedicated many, many years of her life to the children of Norwalk Public Schools and has been extremely flexible when needed to be in…

  • Behind Kosta Diamantis’ arrest: money woes, unfettered power

    Behind Kosta Diamantis’ arrest: money woes, unfettered power

    The federal criminal case leveled against Konstantinos Diamantis, a former Connecticut lawmaker and state deputy budget director, paints a portrait of a man who was desperate for cash, had unfettered control over billions of dollars in government money and wasn’t afraid to use that power to ease his own financial troubles. The 35-page criminal indictment filed last…

  • 50,000 free books being given away Saturday, May 18 at Brien McMahon

    50,000 free books being given away Saturday, May 18 at Brien McMahon

    50,000 free books for all ages will be given away by nonprofit education advocacy organization “First Book” in partnership with American Federation of Teachers, when Norwalk Public Schools and the NPS Coalition of Unions host their annual “Reading Opens the World” event on Saturday May 18 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Brien McMahon…

  • Kosta Diamantis arrested, charged with school construction extortion

    Kosta Diamantis arrested, charged with school construction extortion

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  • Students to celebrate CMS 40th anniversary Olympic Torch run

    Students to celebrate CMS 40th anniversary Olympic Torch run

    Alumni of Columbus Magnet School (now renamed Concord Magnet School) can mark the 40th Anniversary of Norwalk’s Olympic Torch Run by taking a relaxed ceremonial lap around their alma mater’s field, located at Ponus Middle School, 21 Hunters Lane. Norwalk at 9 a.m. on Friday May 24. According to a news release, Magnet School Physical…

  • College-bound seminar for HS music students

    College-bound seminar for HS music students

    High school students bent on pursuing collegiate performing arts degrees can benefit from the information and guidance provided by Music Theatre of Connecticut’s (MTC) “Comprehensive College Bound Seminar” on Saturday May 18 from 10 a.m. until noon at MTC’s Norwalk complex, located at 509 Westport Avenue. MTC’s deep dive is said to include: According to…

  • Youth Reconnection Requires ‘The Big Picture’

    Youth Reconnection Requires ‘The Big Picture’

    In the cacophony of issues facing residents in the state of Connecticut, the disconnected youth crisis has been catapulted to the forefront. The issue of disconnected youth is jarring to some, but for many this isn’t a novel issue, especially in their own communities. The plight of disconnected youth is not just one of moral…

  • Board of Education reviews 2025-26 calendar; announces college fair for May 1

    Board of Education reviews 2025-26 calendar; announces college fair for May 1

    A draft of the 2025-2026 school calendar, the announcement of a new health center, and the appointment of a vice principal at Ponus Ridge STEAM Academy were all front and center at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday. The 2025-2026 school year will start on August 25, 2025, and end on June 16, 2026.…

  • Norwalk High annual spring musical kicks off tomorrow at 7 p.m.

    Norwalk High annual spring musical kicks off tomorrow at 7 p.m.

    Norwalk High School’s production of the rousing 2006 hit musical The Drowsy Chaperone, directed by Charles McAfee, will offer welcome relief from ordinary run-of-the-mill high school musical fare. Although not widely remembered today, the comedy/fantasy ran for 674 Broadway performances, winning five Tony awards (including Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical) out…

  • Norwalk High School Celebrity Dinner honors Calvin Murphy and championship basketball team

    Norwalk High School Celebrity Dinner honors Calvin Murphy and championship basketball team

    You can help support Norwalk High School athletics while honoring legendary NBA superstar Calvin Murphy and his teammates from the 1966 Connecticut State Championship NHS boys basketball team at the upcoming Norwalk High School Celebrity Dinner. It’s planned for 6 p.m. on Saturday May 4 at American Legion Hall, 60 County Street, Norwalk. You’ll be…