Updated, 4:20 p.m, Mike Lyons comment; 1:38 p.m., clarification from Lyons as to new administrative structure.
NORWALK, Conn. – A massive deficit in Norwalk Public Schools leadership is set to be filled Tuesday by the Norwalk Board of Education with the hiring of a chief academic officer and an interim chief operating officer.
The Board plans to hire Michael T. Conner, Ed. D., as CAO and Michael T. Cicchetti, Ed. D., as the temporary COO. Conner would be paid $165,000 a year and get full benefits in a two year contract. Cicchetti would be paid based on a $175,000 a year salary and begin on Aug. 24. He would work 16 days a month (a .8 position) until Dec. 31, but this term could be extended.
The chief academic officer and chief operating officer positions will replace retired Deputy Superintendent Tony Daddona, Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons said Saturday.
“We’re very pleased with Dr. (Steven) Adamowski’s choices for his top two reports,” Lyons wrote in a Facebook post. “On top of some excellent new principals, we are building a strong management team committed to implementing our Strategic Plan.”
“Conner will develop, implement and coordinate Norwalk’s preK-12 curricula and educational programs and services, including curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development,” the board packet states. “… Cicchetti will provide support in several areas including operations, academics, talent and finance, until key vacancies are filled with permanent employees.”
Conner lives in Milford and has been Windham Public Schools assistant superintendent of teaching, learning and leadership for eight months, according to his LinkedIn page. Before that, he was principal for the Augusta Lewis Troup School in New Haven for just over four years. From August 2008 to January 2011, he was an assistant principal at Celentano Museum Academy in New Haven and from December 2007 to June 2008 he was a curriculum specialist.
Conner’s oldest resume entry is as a fourth-grade teacher in New Haven from August 2003 to December 2007.
Cicchetti is a retired superintendent of schools, with his last stint – only a year – in Easton, Redding and District 9 schools ending in 2011. Since then he has served as an interim principal in Weston, an interim director of human resources and general administration in Wilton and an interim director of human resources in Darien.