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Norwalk Public Schools, Connecticut
|Norwalk Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||19|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Michael Lyons|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Norwalk Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtFairfield 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.
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%).
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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.
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.
|Norwalk Public Schools Board of Education|
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:
|“||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.
|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|
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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|6th Year + 15||62,139||104,320|
Schools in Norwalk Public Schools
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Norwalk Public Schools operates 19 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|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|
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:
|CMT Results, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Subject Area||District Students Meeting Goal (%)||State Students Meeting Goal (%)|
|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|
|Transparency grading process|
Last rated on November 5, 2012.
- Budgets are posted.
- Administrative Officials
- Administrative officials are listed with contact information.
- Elected Officials
- Board of Education members are listed with contact information.
- Academic performance is noted.
- Background Checks
- Background check policy is posted.
- Audits are not available.
- Contracts are not posted.
- Public Records
- No information regarding public requests.
- Tax information is not available.
- District page
- City of Norwalk
- Connecticut State Department of Education
- Connecticut Association of Boards of Education
- Connecticut State Department of Education, "Connecticut Education Data and Research," accessed January 9, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Norwalk," accessed October 24, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 10, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Norwalk Daily Voice, "Norwalk Picks Ex-Resident Manuel Rivera As School Superintendent," July 1, 2013
- Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, "Be A School Board Member," accessed January 10, 2014
- Norwalk Public Schools, "Board Policies," accessed January 10, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Norwalk Public Schools, "Norwalk Public Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 11, 2013
- Norwalk Public Schools, "Finance," accessed December 9, 2014
- Norwalk Public Schools, "Comprehensive Group Contract," accessed January 10, 2014
- Norwalk Public Schools, "Schools," accessed January 10, 2014
- Connecticut State Department of Education, "Strategic School Profile Reports," accessed January 9, 2014
- Norwalk Public Schools, "Welcome to Finance," accessed November 5, 2012
- Norwalk Public Schools, "Contact Us," accessed November 5, 2012
- Norwalk Public Schools, "Our Board of Education," accessed November 5, 2012
- 'Norwalk Public Schools, "Calendar," accessed November 5, 2012
- Norwalk Public Schools, "Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes," accessed November 5, 2012
- Norwalk Public Schools, "District Results," accessed November 5, 2012
- Norwalk Public Schools, "Background Check," accessed November 5, 2012