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  • Norwalk political notes: POCD, fleeing superintendent, appointments

    NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Monday: Planning Commission quietly begins POCD process Former Norwalk Superintendent Rivera has retired Arts Commission formalized Planning and Zoning Commission slots filled

  • Report: Norwalk schools CISD rollout was poorly done

    NORWALK, Conn. – The 2014-15 rollout of a new, critical, Norwalk Public Schools group of administrators was “severely flawed,” according to a report issued by a company hired by the Board of Education to study the reasons a large grant was lost. MRM, a marketing, research and merchandising company with a 25-year history of evaluating…

  • Opinion: Norwalk schools moving forward with Rivera’s Strategic Plan

    Mike Lyons is the chairman of the Norwalk Board of Education In December and February I published comprehensive lists of achievements and of on-going projects in the Norwalk Public Schools (see https://nancyonnorwalk.com/2015/02/opinion-plenty-of-projects-on-the-table-for-norwalk-public-schools). These included getting our finances and budgets under control, fully adopting the Common Core curricula for English and mathematics, establishing the P-Tech Academy…

  • Pay to play: School budget calls for student-athletes to pay $100 to participate

    NORWALK, Conn. – Should Hannah or Zachary decide to play sports in Norwalk Public Schools next year, their parents might find themselves digging through the couch cushions for some extra change. According to the school budget as submitted in January by former Superintendent Manny Rivera and approved by the Board of Education, Norwalk schools will…

  • Norwalk partisans continue to play blame game over Rivera’s exit

    NORWALK, Conn. – There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the exit of Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera, State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) said Saturday. “I saw him the other day,” Duff said at the League of Women Voters of Norwalk’s Pie and Politics forum. “There are some things that he…

  • Rivera offers words of wisdom at his last Norwalk BoE meeting

    NORWALK, Conn. – Manny Rivera offered inspirational words of encouragement Tuesday in his last Norwalk Board of Education meeting, after being lauded for his efforts over the last 18 months. “I really do think we have a road map, the outgoing superintendent of schools said to the BoE. “It’s not perfect and it’s going to…

  • NoN’s Top 12 stories from 2014: Super news, mosque settlement grabbed reader interest

    NORWALK, Conn. – There were a few surprises – to us at least – when we went back to see what ranked as our most-read stories for 2014. While the obvious choices made the list – the sudden announcement of the schools superintendent’s resignation, the mosque settlement, NEON’s bankruptcy – some stories on the list…

  • Opinion: Some random thoughts…

      Mark Chapman is editor and co-publisher of Nancy on Norwalk. First off, let’s send a belated “congratulations” to the happy bride and groom: Mayor Harry Rilling and Lucia Medower Rilling tied the knot in November in a low-key ceremony in Westport. Plans are in the works for a bigger, church wedding after the new…

  • Norwalk parents vent, promise change at Board of Ed meeting

    NORWALK, Conn. – It was all out in the open Tuesday night as parents swarmed a Norwalk Board of Education meeting in response to the resignation of Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera. Two of the BoE members referred to as “The Terrible Trio” were under fire from multiple speakers in the packed Common Council…

  • Lyons defends Rivera, Norwalk superintendent search process

    NORWALK, Conn. – There’s some serious “spin” revolving around Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera’s resignation, BoE Chairman Mike Lyons said Saturday. Lyons, in responding to comments from a NancyOnNorwalk reader, said the transparency of Norwalk’s upcoming superintendent search will be up to the entire Board of Education.

  • Norwalk BoE members have hurt children

    The Norwalk Parent Teacher Organization Council (PTOC) has released a statement about Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera’s resignation, effective Jan. 31: To the editor: The Norwalk PTO Council is deeply disturbed by the recent announcement of Dr. Rivera’s resignation. We are angry that another eminently qualified superintendent is leaving Norwalk Public Schools due largely…

  • Three reasons why Norwalk Board of Education is three ring circus

    To the editor: Enough is enough. There are some far reaching problems that have led to us losing our past extremely qualified superintendents.  The main ones are: First, they stem from how the Norwalk Democratic Party nominates their candidates.   It is never the most qualified person.    It is done like the NFL draft with a…

  • Change is a necessity in Norwalk

    To the editor: There is no question that Manny Rivera’s decision to leave Norwalk Public Schools came after much thought and foresight of Norwalk’s political landscape.  After all has been said, Dr. Rivera’s interest is in our education system and closing the achievement gap for our children.  We have to ask ourselves as a community,…

  • Rivera stresses that it’s personal, but also cites problems with Norwalk BoE

    NORWALK, Conn. – Manny Rivera would like everyone to know that his primary reasons for resigning his post as the reform-minded Norwalk superintendent of schools are “deeply personal.” Still, “There are probably two or three other factors that are secondary, that caused angst and were frustrating,” he said. “It’s really important that people understand that…

  • Rivera lauds Rilling, says racism allegation hurt

    NORWALK, Conn. – Harry Rilling is a “great education mayor,” Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera said Saturday, refusing to lay any blame at Rilling’s feet for the way a charge of racism was handled last summer. Rivera said the allegation made by Board of Education member Shirley Mosby against BoE Chairman Mike Lyons was…

  • Time to train Norwalk Board of Education

    To the editor: We are all shocked, and deeply saddened by the news of Superintendent Rivera’s resignation. Over the last several days, Mayor Rilling, Sen. Duff, I and many other Democratic elected officials and party leaders met with Dr. Rivera to discuss his concerns and deliberations. He may not have shared the most private of…