NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s new superintendent of schools has unprecedented power — at least temporarily.
Manuel Rivera was authorized by the Board of Education on Tuesday night to hire teachers without its approval until Oct. 1. He was also authorized to hire interim administrators until Oct. 1, which board member Steve Colarossi said had never happened before.
“We have a number of vacancies for which we need to hire interim school administrators prior to the beginning of the school year,” Colarossi said. “We are in such an emergency situation in which we need to get some transitional people, particularly at Norwalk High School, we are authorizing the superintendent to make any interim appointments that he feels are necessary and proper up until Oct. 1. We’ve actually never done it with administrative people, but it makes sense for him to have the authority.”
Colarossi made the motion to give Rivera that authority after an executive session. The vote was unanimous.
Rivers is expected to stay within budget with all hires.