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  • BoE meeting tonight 5:45 pm at Jefferson; Black History festival at McMahon Thursday

    BoE meeting tonight 5:45 pm at Jefferson; Black History festival at McMahon Thursday

    The public is invited to watch Norwalk School Superintendent Alexandra Estrella and her cabinet review the school district’s midterm progress toward fulfilling its 2023-24 goals and 2021-26 strategic plan in a Board of Education workshop meeting tonight at 5:45 p.m. at Jefferson Marine Science Elementary School, located at 75 Van Buren Avenue. According to a…

  • $275 Million+ in School Building Projects Advances to Common Council

    $275 Million+ in School Building Projects Advances to Common Council

    Construction contracts for both the South Norwalk Elementary School and Norwalk High School were advanced on February 7 by the Land Use and Building Management Committee of the Common Council. The committee voted unanimously in favor of a contract with the Newfield Construction Group with a “guaranteed maximum price”—or as Alan Lo, the city’s building…

  • Norwalk Public Schools names Jules Douge as a New Assistant Principal

    Norwalk Public Schools names Jules Douge as a New Assistant Principal

    The Norwalk Board of Education has approved the appointment of Jules Douge as a new assistant principal at West Rocks Middle School. He will join the administrative team led by Principal Adam Reynolds and work alongside current assistant principal Beth Amaral. Douge transfers to West Rocks from Kendall College & Career Academy where he has…

  • Parents, students protest school principal’s extended absence

    Parents, students protest school principal’s extended absence

    Parents and students held a rally outside Norwalk City Hall Tuesday night to protest the lack of information about the leave of absence that has kept  Concord Magnet School Principal Medard Thomas off work since late November. “We have no timeline and no information,” said parent Nicole Chu about Thomas’ absence on paid leave since…

  • Kendall Principal Baker departing NPS

    Kendall Principal Baker departing NPS

    Kendall Magnet Elementary School Principal Zakiyyah Baker is leaving Norwalk Public Schools for a new job in her community, NPS said. Baker will start Feb. 23 as the new Principal of ACES Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School (WIMS), a K-8 magnet school in Hamden that serves students from several communities within New Haven County, ACES said…

  • Joint Finance Committee meeting allows Council to question BoE’s budget

    Joint Finance Committee meeting allows Council to question BoE’s budget

    Questions about efficiency study implementation and wasted food marked the first joint Committee meeting this budget season between the Board of Education and Common Council. Also on the docket: some pushback on “wants versus needs.” “From my experience and working with the city for 51 years now, I find that this is probably one of…

  • Estrella tops 2023 salary list; Costanzo paid nearly $192K

    Estrella tops 2023 salary list; Costanzo paid nearly $192K

    Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Alexandra Estrella earned $47,274 more last year than she did in 2022; her total $369,995 easily topped the list of City Hall paychecks for 2023. Norwalk Police Lt. Paul Resnick came in second with $290,804 by racking up overtime payments and extra duty assignments. One surprise: former high-level NPS administrator Frank…

  • Norwalk deals with bus driver shortage

    Norwalk deals with bus driver shortage

    A shortage of bus drivers in the city—and around the country as a whole—is causing “challenges in some of our bus routes,” Superintendent of Schools Alexandra Estrella told the Board of Education on Tuesday. “The driver shortage is still a national issue,” Johanna Zanvettor, transportation coordinator for Norwalk Public Schools, told the board. “This driver…

  • Meyer-Mitchell relaunches Facebook page Norwalk Parents for Education

    Meyer-Mitchell relaunches Facebook page Norwalk Parents for Education

    An influential Norwalk social media outlet has ceased operations, only to have its founder recreate it with hopes of assisting the community. Norwalk Parents for Education, a Facebook page launched by Barbara Meyer-Mitchell in 2014 and then continued by a trio of other administrators when she joined the Board of Education, closed suddenly Dec. 10, without…

  • Norwalk BoE greenlights 8.2% budget increase ask

    Norwalk BoE greenlights 8.2% budget increase ask

    The Norwalk Board of Education moved forward Tuesday with an operating budget request that is 8.2% higher than this year’s budget.   About 5% of that is needed just to maintain current services, Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Lunda Asmani said. The rest is attributable to continuously increasing Special Education costs, an initiative to…

  • NPS to seek a 8.3% budget increase

    NPS to seek a 8.3% budget increase

    Preliminary numbers indicate the Board of Education will be requesting a 8.3% budget increase for Fiscal Year 25. The $245.35 million 24/25 preliminary budget presented at Tuesday’s BoE meeting represents a $18.8 million increase over the current year. Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Lunda Asmani observed that it’s common for the BoE to make…

  • Personnel matter puts Concord principal on leave

    Personnel matter puts Concord principal on leave

    Concord Magnet School Principal Medard Thomas has been on leave since Nov. 29 due to a confidential personnel matter, Norwalk Public Schools Media Relations Specialist Emily Morgan said Thursday. Parents were informed Nov. 29 via a terse email, only saying he was on leave and Assistant Principal Jen Scanlan would be leading the school. According…

  • Faioes promoted to deputy superintendent in NPS Central Office streamlining

    Faioes promoted to deputy superintendent in NPS Central Office streamlining

    Sandra Faioes has been promoted to deputy superintendent and will take on the duties performed by departing Deputy Superintendent of Excellence, Equity, and Inclusion Thomas McBryde Jr. The promotion, approved Wednesday by the Board of Education, coincides with a Central Office reorganization. “While she is going to have more work on her plate, the district…

  • NPS deputy superintendent heads for N.J. to lead Hackensack school district

    NPS deputy superintendent heads for N.J. to lead Hackensack school district

    Thomas McBryde is leaving his post as Norwalk Public Schools deputy superintendent to become superintendent of Hackensack Public Schools in New Jersey. McBryde was appointed Monday at a special meeting of the Hackensack Board of Education, according to a meeting agenda. His annual salary in the three-year contract will be $263,000 a year, beginning Jan.…

  • NPS town hall generates feedback for Estrella’s upcoming budget decisions

    NPS town hall generates feedback for Estrella’s upcoming budget decisions

    Norwalk parents, given an unprecedented opportunity to weigh on the Norwalk Public Schools budget early in the process, listed better after-school programs, support staff, school environment (including the teachers and administrators), and ADA compliance as priorities during a Tuesday town hall. Their input is a new step in the complication budget process, NPS Chief Financial…

  • Carpio continues as BoE Chairwoman; McCready-Pritchett new vice chair

    Carpio continues as BoE Chairwoman; McCready-Pritchett new vice chair

    Norwalk’s new Board of Education lineup kicked off its two year term Tuesday by electing executive officers and approving a grant application for HVAC improvements. Diana Carpio is continuing as Board of Education Chairwoman, winner of this year’s election to represent District C, a post she assumed a year ago. Incumbent at Large members Sheri…