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Norwalk School Board Meets New Staff

NORWALK, Conn. – Superintendent Susan Marks introduced several new administrators to the Board of Education on Tuesday night.  She also said that 33 new teachers were hired.

"They are a highly certified and qualified staff," said Marks who was pleased that over 20 percent of the new teachers are minority educators. Of the 33, eight are elementary, 13 are middle school and 12 are high school teachers. Twenty-three are women, 10 men.

According to Assistant Superintenent Tony Daddona, enrollment for this year is up and three extra teachers–beyond what was budgeted–needed to be hired. Eight classes are "on watch" for going above the district's class size guidelines. This means that there are not enough funds available to hire a new director for the central office–a position approved at the end of summer to pick up the responsibilities of several central office positions that were eliminated.

"Dr. Marks thought it was more important to provide teachers to the schools," said Daddona.

The following new administrators were introduced by their respective principals:

Damon Lewis , a former special education administrator from Stratford, is the new assistant principal at Ponus Ridge Middle School.

Edward Singleton , former assistant principal at Hamden High School, is one of the two new housemasters at Norwalk High School.

Crystal Perry , a former literacy coach from Dolan Middle School in Stamford, is the new assistant principal at West Rocks Middle School.

Patti Mattera , most recently a literacy specialist for the district, returns to Columbus Magnet School (she used to be a teacher there) as the new assistant principal.

Joe Russo , who worked as an administrator in the Greenwich schools, is the new assistant director of pupil personnel services.

Not present at the meeting were Norwalk’s former director of elementary education, Carol Marinaccio , a new housemaster at Norwalk High, and Italia Negroni , former grants specialist, the new assistant principal at Marvin Elementary School.

One assistant principal position remains to be filled at Ponus.

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