NORWALK, Conn. – Emphasizing its desire to receive community input once the search officially begins, the Norwalk Board of Education approved Illinois-based PROACT Search on Tuesday to help the city find its next school superintendent.
The search is expected to cost the city about $22,000, money which education officials found in savings from the Special Education transportation budget, according to school system’s Chief Operating Officer Elio Longo.
Tony Daddona, formerly the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, has been serving as interim superintendent since late August following the July resignation of Susan Marks. Marks held the post for two years.
PROACT Search was selected, in part, because the firm promises to conduct diverse community outreach to gather input on what residents want to see in a new superintendent.
“The community wants us to move forward,” said board member Steve Colarossi, who added that he hopes Daddona will apply for the position.
All but board member Migdalia Rivas voted in favor of the measure, with Rivas stressing that she did not believe school system could afford to pay for the search.
“There are problems with Special Education as it pertains to funding, so I think this $22,000 should be put back into that program,” Rivas said.