Norwalk Public Schools, Connecticut

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Norwalk Public Schools
Norwalk, Connecticut
Norwalk Public Schools Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Manuel Rivera
Enrollment:11,111
Graduation rate:84.2%
Number of schools:19
Budget: $162.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Michael Lyons
Board members:9
Term length:4
Norwalk Public Schools is a school district in Connecticut that served 11,111 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] This district is the sixth largest by enrollment in the state of Connecticut.

About the district

Norwalk Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Norwalk Public Schools is located in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut. The City of Norwalk is located along the Long Island Sound with the Norwalk River running past the city's downtown district. The population of Norwalk was 85,603 according to the 2010 Census.[2]

Demographics

Norwalk outperforms the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement in 2010. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Norwalk was $76,384 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 8% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (40.2%) was higher than the state average (35.7%).[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Norwalk (%) Connecticut (%)
White 87.7 77.6
Black or African American 14.2 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.3
Asian 4.8 3.8
Two or More Races 2.8 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 24.3 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 63 36
2008 65.5 33.8
2004 58.2 40
2000 59.9 35.8

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools is Manuel Rivera. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2013. Rivera previously served as the CEO of an education consultancy called Believe to Achieve International.[5]

School board

The Norwalk Public Schools Board of Education consists of nine members elected at-large to four-year terms. Members of the Board of Education do not receive compensation for their service.[6]

Norwalk Public Schools Board of Education
Member Party Term Ends
Michael Lyons Ends.png Republican 2015
Artie Kassimis Ends.png Republican 2017
Heidi Keyes Electiondot.png Democratic 2017
Jack Chiaramonte Ends.png Republican 2015
Migdalia Rivas Electiondot.png Democratic 2015
Rosa Murray Electiondot.png Democratic 2015
Shirley Mosby Electiondot.png Democratic 2017
Sherelle Harris Electiondot.png Democratic 2017
Michael Barbis Electiondot.png Democratic 2015

School board elections

See also: Norwalk Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and five seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Norwalk Public Schools Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[7]

Participation by the general public in debate at regular meetings on matters before the Board of Education shall be permitted. Public participation shall be subject to the provisions enumerated below. On issues that appear to arouse strong public interest, the Board may schedule a special meeting limited to the subject. In order to limit or close debate on any subject, a majority vote of those board members in attendance will be required.

1. Everyone is requested to address the chair of recognition.

2. Each speaker must state his/her name and address.

3. All speakers must observe rules of common etiquette. Personalities are not to be injected. Anyone violating this rule will be denied the floor, unless waived by the chairperson or a majority of the board, each speaker shall limit his/her remarks to three (3) minutes.

4. Each speaker is limited to a maximum of three minutes. A speaker will not be recognized for a second time unless time remains after all have been heard. Speakers are requested to avoid repetition.

5. Each speaker must concern himself/herself with the topic under discussion. Anyone digressing from the topic will be ruled out of order.

6. A speaker in violation of these rules may be ejected from the room.

7. Following each vote on a motion, the chairperson will announce the decision of the board.

8. It is requested that no on read lengthy statements. Whenever possible, written statements and materials should be made available in advance for distribution to Board members.

9. Speakers shall state their position on the subject being discussed. Those who have questions, shall, whenever possible, submit them in writing in advance of the meeting.[8]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Norwalk Public Schools:[9][10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $131,227,104 84.9% $5,199,642 3.4% $5,871,162 3.8% $0 0% $12,357,187 8% $154,655,095
2012-2013 $134,848,795 84.5% $5,861,143 3.7% $5,965,915 3.7% $0 0% $12,819,138 8% $159,494,991
2013-2014 $136,407,591 84.1% $5,792,408 3.6% $6,348,643 3.9% $0 0% $13,723,221 8.5% $162,271,864
Averages: $134,161,163.33 84% $5,617,731 4% $6,061,906.67 4% $0 0% $12,966,515.33 8% $158,807,316.67

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Norwalk Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Norwalk Federation of Teachers for 2012-2013:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 48,994 81,776
B.A. 15 50,189 87,727
MA 51,384 93,681
MA 15 54,969 96,973
6th Year 58,554 100,266
6th Year + 15 62,139 104,320
7th Year 66,919 108,499
Ph.D. 81,259 122,431

Schools in Norwalk Public Schools

Enrollment

The district served 11,111 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 4.8% increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007 10,595 -
2008 10,745 1.4
2009 10,856 1.0
2010 11,050 1.7
2011 11,111 0.5

District schools

Norwalk Public Schools operates 19 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Norwalk Public Schools
Brien McMahon High School
Briggs High School
Brookside Elementary School
Columbus Magnet Elementary School
Cranbury Elementary School
Fox Run Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Kendall Elementary School
Marvin Elementary School
Naramake Elementary School
Nathan Hale Middle School
Norwalk High School
Ponus Ridge Middle School
Roton Middle School
Rowayton Elementary School
Silvermine Elementary School
Tracey Elementary School
West Rocks Middle School
Wolfpit Elementary School

Academic performance

The Connecticut State Department of Education published a Strategic District Profile about Norwalk Public Schools after the 2011-2012 school year. This profile includes the results of standardized tests used to meet requirements set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) assesses reading, writing and mathematics proficiency levels among students in grades three through eight. The Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) measures proficiency levels in reading, writing, mathematics and science among tenth graders. The following tables compare CMT and CAPT results from Norwalk Public Schools to state proficiency levels:[13]

CMT Results, 2011-2012
Grade Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Grade 3 Reading 57.9 59.2
Grade 3 Writing 60.5 62.7
Grade 3 Mathematics 69.6 66.5
Grade 4 Reading 56.7 64.1
Grade 4 Writing 60.7 65.3
Grade 4 Mathematics 65.1 68.0
Grade 5 Reading 65.6 67.6
Grade 5 Writing 61.8 68.1
Grade 5 Mathematics 68.1 71.6
Grade 5 Science 62.3 63.9
Grade 6 Reading 71.0 74.1
Grade 6 Writing 57.5 67.4
Grade 6 Mathematics 60.1 69.3
Grade 7 Reading 77.8 79.8
Grade 7 Writing 56.0 65.6
Grade 7 Mathematics 63.2 68.1
Grade 8 Reading 70.1 76.8
Grade 8 Writing 55.7 68.3
Grade 8 Mathematics 59.2 67.2
Grade 8 Science 55.9 61.9


CAPT Results, 2011-2012
Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Reading Across the Disciplines 36.8 47.5
Writing Across the Disciplines 52.5 63.0
Mathematics 32.2 49.2
Science 32.1 47.1

Contact information

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Norwalk Public Schools Board of Education
125 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06852-6001
Phone: (203) 854-4001

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Last rated on November 5, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[14]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[15]
  • Elected Officials
    • Board of Education members are listed with contact information.[16]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are posted.[17][18]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance is noted.[19]
  • Background Checks
    • Background check policy is posted.[20]

The bad

  • Audits
    • Audits are not available.
  • Contracts
    • Contracts are not posted.
  • Public Records
    • No information regarding public requests.
  • Taxes
    • Tax information is not available.

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Connecticut State Department of Education, "Connecticut Education Data and Research," accessed January 9, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Norwalk," accessed October 24, 2013
  3. Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 10, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Norwalk Daily Voice, "Norwalk Picks Ex-Resident Manuel Rivera As School Superintendent," July 1, 2013
  6. Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, "Be A School Board Member," accessed January 10, 2014
  7. Norwalk Public Schools, "Board Policies," accessed January 10, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Norwalk Public Schools, "Norwalk Public Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 11, 2013
  10. Norwalk Public Schools, "Finance," accessed December 9, 2014
  11. Norwalk Public Schools, "Comprehensive Group Contract," accessed January 10, 2014
  12. Norwalk Public Schools, "Schools," accessed January 10, 2014
  13. Connecticut State Department of Education, "Strategic School Profile Reports," accessed January 9, 2014
  14. Norwalk Public Schools, "Welcome to Finance," accessed November 5, 2012
  15. Norwalk Public Schools, "Contact Us," accessed November 5, 2012
  16. Norwalk Public Schools, "Our Board of Education," accessed November 5, 2012
  17. 'Norwalk Public Schools, "Calendar," accessed November 5, 2012
  18. Norwalk Public Schools, "Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes," accessed November 5, 2012
  19. Norwalk Public Schools, "District Results," accessed November 5, 2012
  20. Norwalk Public Schools, "Background Check," accessed November 5, 2012