The Norwalk Parent Teacher Organization Council (PTOC) has released a statement about Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera’s resignation, effective Jan. 31:
To the editor:
The Norwalk PTO Council is deeply disturbed by the recent announcement of Dr. Rivera’s resignation. We are angry that another eminently qualified superintendent is leaving Norwalk Public Schools due largely to the actions of some members of the Board of Education.
The PTO Council cannot tolerate board members following their own political agendas at the expense of our children’s education. Board members have been entrusted by the voters of Norwalk to ensure a quality education for all children. We believe they are not all meeting this obligation.
Norwalk schools have made some great strides recently. Evidence is seen in the Early Collegiate Academy at Norwalk High School and the coming International Baccalaureate program at Brien McMahon; we now have comprehensive curricula aligned to the Common Core in math and literacy; there is an evolving strategic plan to ready our schools for the future; we have seen improvements to facilities and infrastructure, and new funders are supporting our schools with private grants and donations.
In light of all the positive accomplishments, however, some things have not changed and they are harming our school district and our children. Because of this the PTO Council has decided to become more proactive.
Going forward we plan to evaluate board member performance and report back to our parent community. Board member qualifications and report cards will be issued around election cycles in a non-partisan fashion. We will encourage our parents to get more involved and to run for Board of Education seats.
As parents we have more at stake in this issue than anyone else. Without engaged parents our professional educators will be unable to close the achievement gap; will fail to effectively improve school life and will see few positive outcomes from their efforts.
Along with our parent community the Norwalk PTO Council will be vigilant in ensuring that the mission of the Board of Education continues to be aligned with the highest aspirations of our children.
We would like to thank Dr. Rivera for all his hard work, for restoring confidence in our schools and for giving us hope. We wish him all the best in his next chapter. He will be sorely missed. We thank you Dr. Rivera, for believing in us.
Michael J Byrne, President
Drew Todd, VP Administration
Karen Davey, VP Educational Services
Christine Miller, Treasurer
Lauren Rosato, Secretary