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  • Dickens elected Norwalk RTC Chairman

    NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Republicans met Monday – by telephone – to elect new leadership. Carl Dickens was voted in as new Republican Town Committee Chairman, without opposition, he said. Former Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons also faced no opposition in becoming Vice Chairman. “There is one thing for sure, the 16th of March…

  • On school budgets and diversionary tactics

    The Norwalk Public Schools have made extraordinary progress over the last seven or so years. One of us chaired the Board of Education for five of those years, during which the Norwalk schools steadily rose to become the highest-performing urban school system in the State.  The other of us served on the BET, which funded…

  • Lyons closes eight years on Norwalk Board of Education

    NORWALK, Conn. — There’s no role in government more thankless than being on the Board of Education, Mike Lyons said Tuesday, going on to thank all the BoE members he thought helped achieve glowing headlines during his eight years on the Board, five years as Chairman. The kudos came a little early, as Lyons won’t…

  • Norwalk political notes: Rilling accused of hypocrisy, a challenger for Himes and a party

    Norwalk political notes: Rilling accused of hypocrisy, a challenger for Himes and a party

    NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political notes for you: Milligan accuses City of hypocrisy Norwalk Republican looks to challenge Himes Honoring Hempstead, Lyons

  • Judge: Morris’ discrimination lawsuit merits jury trial

      Correction, 6 p.m.: Judge Alex Hernandez, suspension appeal. NORWALK, Conn. – Bruce Morris’s lawsuit against the City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Board of Education is headed for a jury trial, after a Stamford Superior Court judge declined to dismiss it Monday. Morris has alleged discrimination in the loss of his long-standing role as…

  • Norwalk Republicans set to lose heavy-hitter incumbents, work to line up candidates

    Correction, June 20: Carl Dickens. Updated, 5:05 p.m., May 22: recording added; 10 a.m.: More information. NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Republican lineup on the ballot this fall will not include Mike Lyons. Doug Hempstead has also said he’s not running. Bryan Meek is a maybe. On the other hand, it was revealed at Monday’s…

  • Norwalk BoE answers Morris’ claims, asks judge to toss lawsuit

    NORWALK, Conn. — Mike Lyons’ words might be “tartly put” but their meaning was merely to put Norwalk Public Schools’ best interests ahead of the interests of a select few. So said a lawyer representing the Norwalk Board of Education and the City, firing back at an attorney for former State Rep. Bruce Morris.

  • Norwalk parents, attorney and BoE members trade jabs over SpEd complaint

    Norwalk parents, attorney and BoE members trade jabs over SpEd complaint

    Updated, 6:28 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk parents, Board of Education members and an attorney traded charges this week over last week’s complaint to the State alleging systemic problems in Norwalk Special Education. Norwalk Public Schools said in a statement last week that it was “shocked and disappointed” by the complaint.  Parents and Attorney Robin…

  • Norwalk BoE members defend $150,000 settlement of ‘frivolous’ lawsuit

    Norwalk BoE members defend $150,000 settlement of ‘frivolous’ lawsuit

    Updated, 8 p.m.: Memo in support of motion for summary judgement added  NORWALK, Conn. – Attorneys for Chrissy Fensore say that Norwalk will pay $150,000 to settle her lawsuit against former Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons, who described the suit as “frivolous” Saturday and characterized the settlement as cheaper than going to trial. “Chrissy…

  • Norwalk BoE approves legal settlement

    Correction, 11:15 a.m.: Mike Lyons was not involved in the discussion of the legal settlement, he said.  NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to settle a lawsuit. Although the Board did not specify what lawsuit, there’s ample reason to believe that they plan to settle the lawsuit filed by former…

  • Fensore case reveals division and ‘cliques’ on Norwalk Board of Education

    NORWALK, Conn. – Three Norwalk Board of Education members referred to as “The Trio” were commonly left out of email communications regarding board business, according to revelations in a lawsuit against outgoing Board Chair Mike Lyons. Then-Board members Shirley Mosby, Migdalia Rivas and Rosa Murray complained in 2014 and 2015, as the Board was discussing important topics in…

  • Norwalk BoE marks accomplishments as turnover commences

    NORWALK, Conn. – Mike Lyons’s term as chairman of the Norwalk Board of Education is coming to an end. You may have surmised that, given the turnover from Tuesday’s election. But Lyons on Tuesday announced that he is not running for the post at next week’s Board organizational meeting.

  • Norwalk BoE legal costs in Fensore lawsuit exceed $160k

    Norwalk BoE legal costs in Fensore lawsuit exceed $160k

    Updated, Oct. 17: Information added. Updated, 4:53 p.m.: Minor copy edit to remove typos. NORWALK, Conn. – Legal bills in the lawsuit filed by a former Norwalk Special Education director against Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons are more than $160,000, with a trial yet to come. Former SpEd Director Chrissy Fensore, in a complaint…

  • Lawsuit against Norwalk BoE chair continues, with voluminous point-counterpoint

    Lawsuit against Norwalk BoE chair continues, with voluminous point-counterpoint

    NORWALK, Conn. – Recent filings in the lawsuit filed by a former Norwalk Special Education director against Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons include revealing depositions and email conversations about cost overruns. Lyons’ statements that former SpEd Director Chrissy Fensore “lied,” part of the reason she is suing him for defamation, hinge on her…

  • Lyons warns Norwalk parents: Malloy plans $4.4 million education funding cut

    Lyons warns Norwalk parents: Malloy plans $4.4 million education funding cut

    Updated, 11:55 a.m.: Comment from Mayor Harry Rilling. NORWALK, Conn. – The pressure is on for Norwalk Public Schools funding, as state legislators struggle to agree on a biennial budget and Gov. Dannel Malloy’s promise of a $4.4 million cut to Norwalk next year remains on the table. “We worked mightily and agreed with the…

  • Rilling’s $120M spending plan would fund two new schools

    Updated, 10:18 p.m.: Additional information; 6:12 p.m.: Comment from Bruce Morris. NORWALK, Conn. — Work would begin this summer on designing two new Norwalk schools, under the capital budget recommendation submitted Wednesday by Mayor Harry Rilling. Rilling’s $120.7 million 2017-18 capital budget would allow Phase I of the Board of Education’s Facilities Plan to proceed,…