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Norwalk School Appointment Delayed

The appointment of a new chief operating officer for Norwalk’s public schools has been delayed until Thursday.  The candidacy of Craig Drezek was on the Board of Education’s agenda Tuesday night, but the board tabled the matter because Drezek’s contract had not been made available to the public in advance.

“I have concerns with how this process was done. This is an issue of transparency,” said board member Migdalia Rivas. Norwalk’s new superintendent, Susan Marks, was embarrassed by the breach in protocol and told the board:  “This was my error in process.”

Veteran board member Jody Bishop Pullan clarified for Marks that in Norwalk the contracts of the superintendent and her executive team, including the assistant superintendent, COO, and head of human resources, are required by law to be made public prior to board approval.

Drezek is currently superintendent of Regional School District 6, a small school system in Litchfield County. He is slated to make $168,000, according to documents that were provided to the board, but information about his $7,000 annuity and other benefits were only discussed at the meeting.  Drezek has an accounting degree from Teikyo Post University and a master's degree in education from Sacred Heart University.

Drezek will replace Dan Cook, who has been interim COO for 2 ½ years, serving under four superintendents. Cook will become interim director of finance for Bridgeport Public Schools starting in January. Drezek will not come to Norwalk until February.

Drezek was not in attendance during Tuesday night’s meeting.  A special meeting of the BOE will be held  Thursday morning to approve his contract.

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