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Halsey Resigns From Norwalk School Board

Norwalk Board of Education member Erin Halsey announced her resignation at Tuesday night’s board meeting. The Republican member said she couldn’t finish her term because she has started a new job with increased responsibilities. “I was offered a new job, and this is what I have to do for my family,” she said.

Halsey was elected in November 2009 as part of the "Parents Not Politicians" slate of candidates that nearly swept the elections that year. In a resignation letter to Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel, Halsey said, “The lessons I have learned will last a lifetime."  She also wrote that she will "continue to be an advocate for Norwalk's children." Halsey had led the communications committee of the board but resigned from that committee last year.

The Republican Town Committee will select Halsey’s replacement May 10, according to committee Chair Art Scialabba, who attended Tuesday’s board meeting. “It’s disappointing, she was a great asset."

Artie Kassimis, a Republican stalwart who also attended the meeting, is a likely replacement for Halsey, said Scialabba. Halsey also backs Kassimis. “He has my support 100 percent,” she said.

Kassimis ran unsuccessfully last year for state Senate against Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk. Kassimis also lost the 2009 Norwalk school board election by a narrow margin. He left a career in corporate business to become the pastor of the Word Alive Bible Church in Norwalk. He has four children.

Who would you like to see on the Board of Education? What do you think of Kassimis as Halsey's replacement?

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