Updated 12:08 a.m., Thursday, vote tally; 4:55 p.m. Wednesday with Mike Lyons comment on contract’s bonus provision.
NORWALK, Conn. — A glowing review was bestowed Tuesday night upon Norwalk Superintendent Manny Rivera — along with the authorization for a 3 percent raise.
The Board of Education authorized the raise after a meeting-ending executive session to evaluate the superintendent. Rivera, who is paid a base rate salary of $220,000 plus a $30,000 annuity, will get the raise as of the anniversary of his first day on the job, July 18, according to BoE Chairman Mike Lyons.
Lyons said no one voted against it. Shirley Mosby abstained; Migdalia Rivas left before the executive session began. Mike Barbis, Jack Chiaramonte, Artie Kassimis, Heidi Keyes, Rosa Murray and Lyons voted for it. Sherelle Harris was absent.
The evaluation, emailed by Lyons to NoN, is attached below. It says that Rivera has had an excellent working relationship with board members, has made extensive outreach efforts and has “brought Norwalk Public Schools into the 21st century in terms of communication, both from an emergency perspective (text and email systems for emergencies) and in ongoing communications with our enhanced website, social media presence and through a pro-active communications strategy.”
Rivera’s self-evaluation is included. He writes that he is proud of the work accomplished in less than a year, and offers a list of achievements that includes the new P-Tech Academy at Norwalk High School, the expansion of the After the Bell program next fall, the purchase of curriculum materials and securing a $1.1 million grant from the Dalio Foundation.
“Morale is high across the school system and the community, and the wonderful people that I have the privilege to work with are ready to meet a new set of higher expectations,” Rivera wrote. “Although we are not perfect we are busy addressing the challenges that we face and working to create a higher performing school system for ALL of our students and the adults that serve them.”
The contract Rivera signed a year ago also included a provision for a bonus, “performance compensation of up to 20 percent of the superintendent’s salary.”
Lyons said in a Wednesday afternoon email that there is no bonus this year, elaborating on what he said last year after the details of the contract were made public.
“We didn’t set numerical performance criteria for his first year, so he is not eligible for a bonus,” Lyons wrote. “We are considering possibly settling such criteria for next year, which would be payable (if the set criteria are met) in July, 2015.”