A Message from
Dr. Steven Adamowski,
Norwalk Public Schools.
Dear Norwalk Families, Teachers and Staff, and Community Members,
I am pleased and proud to have the opportunity to serve this city as your new Superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools. Although my tenure has started only recently, I am energized by the warm welcome I have received from so many, and by the enthusiasm and support expressed by a wide variety of stakeholders.
With the start of school just a few short weeks away, my immediate priority is to ensure a strong start to the 2015-16 school year. After the end-of-year retirements of several administrators, the Norwalk Board of Education recently approved the appointment of new principals for Ponus Ridge, Columbus, Tracey and Wolfpit schools, as well as a new director for the Center for Global Studies. Together with our existing school leaders, these new appointments give Norwalk a full team of talented and experienced administrators leading all our schools.
At the same time, we are actively recruiting and interviewing to identify highly qualified candidates for key Central Office administrative vacancies. We will announce additional appointments, either permanent or interim where necessary, as soon as possible. In addition to searching for a permanent director for pupil personnel service, we are also preparing to work with the State of Connecticut to fully review District procedures for providing special education.
Finally, there’s also a lot of behind-the-scenes work underway in preparation for the start of school. New teachers are being hired. Kindergarten registrations and class assignments are being finalized. School cleaning and maintenance is underway. Chromebooks are being serviced and technology enhancements installed. All in all, I’m confident that our schools will be ready to welcome your children back at the end of August!
Once school is in full swing, attention will turn quickly to the future. I will be working closely with all stakeholders to develop the next steps needed to fully implement the District’s Strategic Plan. Many of the plan’s initial focus areas are already in progress, giving us a solid foundation on which to build. At the same time, the best strategic plans are living documents capable of adapting to new opportunities and ever-changing circumstances.
An excellent school system is one that seeks ways to continually improve. Programs need to be robust and exciting; they need to motivate both current and future students; and they need to meet the needs of our diverse community. To accomplish our goal of closing the Achievement Gap, Norwalk must continue moving forward. Where there are challenges, we will attack them head on. Our work needs to be inspired by vision, driven by data, and supported by the unified commitment of the entire community.
In closing, it is a great privilege to join you as we work together to take Norwalk Public Schools to the next level. I look forward to meeting many more of you in the weeks and months to come.
Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Dr. Steven Adamowski
Posted: August 2015