NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Board of Education member Steve Colarossi had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek when he presented a new policy to the Board of Education Tuesday.
“In what is a page out of the Byzantine Empire, our illustrious federal government has decided that we must have a policy to indicate that we will follow federal policies that govern the federal money that they give us,” Colarossi said. “As a result, in their illustrious wisdom, they want us to expend some time and energy labeling items that we procure with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) grants. We actually have to keep records of the purchases we make with the money. And, as if we haven’t been reminded countless times, we can’t supplant otherwise locally allocated funds with federal grants.”
Colarossi, the chairman of the Policy Committee, continued.
“In addition, we must make sure that the materials that we use are actually approved and appropriate for use by school children, which is very important for a public school district, I admit,” he said. “I’m glad they brought it to our attention. Last but not least, when we calculate our costs, in particularly the costs that exceed our pupil allocation, we actually have to do so appropriately.”
Not one to miss out on the opportunity to make a quip, Mayor Richard Moccia chimed in.
“Can you explain 34cfr, statute 300-205D?” he asked Colarossi, just before breaking out in laughter and quickly adding, “Just kidding.”
The board voted unanimously to approve the policy policy.
Said BOE Chairman Mike Lyons, “We gotta do what we gotta do.”