NORWALK, Conn. – You’re going to have to wait an extra week to find out who Norwalk’s next superintendent is, Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons said Friday.
Lyons had been hoping to reveal the identity of the top-secret mystery man at next Tuesday’s BOE meeting, but a stipulation in a federal agreement with the Norwalk Federation of Teachers has caused a delay. The board must give the NFT four days to review the new super’s contract and the deadline has passed for the board to be able to vote on it Tuesday.
“Well, we tried our best, but just weren’t able to get all the technicalities ironed out in the superintendent’s contract,” Lyons said in an email Friday. “It’ll be done by Monday, but that won’t meet the requirements of the union agreement, so I’m pushing the appointment off to July 9.”
He is still hoping that the new superintendent will begin work in mid-July.
Lyons has said the new superintendent is a man but declined to give any other information, not even what state the super is coming from.
The union has time to object as “it’s not a done deal until the board votes on the 9th,” he said.
The board had agreed to a salary range of $230,000 to $250,000 total. Board members allowed $250,000 for the salary in their 2013-2014 operating budget Tuesday. Board member Migdalia Rivas argued that it should be reduced to $235,000 but other members said they would be able to spend the extra $15,000 if it weren’t needed. Rivas proposed an amendment to the budget to lower the amount but she was the only one to vote for it. Board member Rosa Murray abstained.