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Norwalk School Board Names Special Education Committee

Steven J. Adamowski, Superintendent of Schools.
Steven J. Adamowski, Superintendent of Schools. Photo Credit: Norwalk Board of Education

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Board of Education has established an Ad-Hoc Special Education Committee to oversee the implementation of recent recommendations from the 2015 CREC Report to make improvements in special education across the entire school district.

Yvel Crevecoeur has been appointed by school board Chairman Mike Lyons to chair the committee. An associate professor of special education at City College of New York, Crevecoeur earned a doctorate in special education from the University of Connecticut. He specializes in learning disabilities, English-language learners and instructional design.

The committee also includes Board of Education members Erik Anderson and Artie Kassimis, as well as Danyelle Williams, a teacher and head of the special education department at Brien McMahon High School, parent Natalie Alonso, and parent Jeff Spahr, who is also the committee’s liaison for the Norwalk SpED Partners group.

According to Crevecoeur, the committee was established to support the work of Steven Adamowski, superintendent of schools, and his staff to improve special education services in the Norwalk Public Schools.

The initial goals and timelines of the committee will align with several key priorities, including:

  • Review and approval of the Strategic Operating Plan, which will be presented to the Board beginning in March.
  • Adamowski’s 12-point plan for Special Education action items to be accomplished between January and July.
  • Insights and feedback from the in-progress for a Chief of Student Services.
Once key positions have been filled and other aspects solidify — such as reorganization, other hires and establishment of programs/procedures — the committee will set more specific goals and timelines.

The committee’s first meeting will take place in March. Check the NPS website for the date and time, once set.

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