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Reinstate BMHS Principal Scott Hurwitz

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This is an open letter to Dr. Estrella requesting the immediate return to Brien McMahon of our principal Scott Hurwitz. In March of this year, Mr. Hurwitz was placed on “paid administrative leave without bias” by his supervisors within the district. Parents and students were not given any additional explanation since personnel matters are confidential. However, we can and should expect an expedited review process so that parents, students and BMHS staff are not left in an extended, leaderless, limbo. We understand that the pandemic has made everything more challenging, but given that we have not heard any reports of gross misconduct leading to the paid leave, it seems reasonable to expect a decision in less than three months.

And let us say, that we hope and fully expect that the decision at the end of whatever investigation is being conducted will be to reinstate Mr. Hurwitz. We three have worked closely with Mr. Hurwitz, in various roles as parents and volunteers, and we have had an opportunity to observe his passion and his character.

In the nearly four years since Mr. Hurwitz took the helm at Brien McMahon, he has proven himself to be a dynamic and engaging principal, and someone who has the interest of all students at heart. He has nurtured and grown the International Baccalaureate program, successfully encouraging students from all backgrounds to take advantage of the IB offerings.  He is a constant presence in the hallways, classrooms and cafeteria, often staying after school well into the evening for meetings or sporting events. Under his helm, the school’s future looks brighter than ever before. Reports have shown that families whose children have attended private or parochial schools have actually been returning to the school district to attend Brien McMahon. McMahon graduates are heading to prestigious colleges in record numbers. This is all a testament to the fact that, in his time as principal, Mr. Hurwitz has continued to build on the strong foundation created by his predecessor, Suzanne Koroshetz.

As parents in volunteer leadership positions within the school, we have been inundated with emails, texts, calls from parents looking for answers and frustrated by the amount of time this has taken to be resolved. Word from school staff is that without Mr. Hurwitz, moral is at an all-time low with many thinking of seeking employment elsewhere. Parents and students want their principal returned to them so everyone can move past this.

In short, Scott Hurwitz is a well-loved principal who is taking McMahon to new heights. Whatever is being investigated needs to be viewed in the context of his significant value to the Brien McMahon community. If he does not return, it would only serve to hurt the current students for whom he has advocated so strongly. The loss would set McMahon back years, and the harm to students, faculty, staff, and the district itself, would be irreparable.

On behalf of the students at Brien McMahon, we ask that you please reinstate Scott Hurwitz and allow him to get back to the business of leading our school forward.

Julie Begos, Senators’ Success Fund President

Tracy Gulick, Parents Club President

Jody Sattler, School Governance Council Parent Co-Chair

7 comments

Janine June 14, 2021 at 5:48 pm

From the limited “news” information surrounding not only this person put on leave but the assistant vp and then the next person who was to take over – all put on leave but yet, zero info in the news.

Glad my kids don’t go to BMHS with such flailing leadership and lack of transparency. How bad can it be? A teacher a few years back was revealed to have had an affair with a student…anything like that? The imagination will go wild, I guess.

Chris June 14, 2021 at 9:13 pm

Right on. The Superintendent, and possibly BOE (not sure of governance), need to show us parents greater accountability to a fair and expedited outcome.

M Murray June 15, 2021 at 6:30 am

It’s like you have to be in a “secret club” of a “select group” to know what’s going on….

Once a Senator June 15, 2021 at 6:53 am

Something tells me he’s not coming back, likely by choice because of the current tyrant. A huge loss for Norwalk if so.

Alyssa Shapiro June 15, 2021 at 6:59 am

Imagine: a school of over 1800 students, with all accompanying parents, families, administrators, and aspiring middle-schoolers.
Literally thousands of people served, given no information at all about a disappeared Principal.

Sharon Dressler June 15, 2021 at 7:13 am

Totally agree with this letter. I’m a former parent of 2 students who graduated from BMHS. The leadership under Mrs K and then Mr. Hurwitz, as turned the representation of the school around. I am proud that my daughters both graduated from BMHS. It kills me to read what. Is happening there with no explanation.

Bobby Lamb June 15, 2021 at 10:24 am

Do these parents know something the rest of us don’t? Who would call to bring someone back to work with KIDS without even knowing what the allegations are or what the outcome of the investigation is? I agree this is taking too long but the demand should be to finish up the investigation and get us some answers, not to bring someone back blind. What kind of parent leaders are these? I would not want my kid around any of these staff people until the investigation is over.

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