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Norwalk Superintendent Lays Out Plan To Improve Special Education

This is the meeting of the Norwalk Board of Education for Tuesday, Jan. 19. This meeting was previously streamed live.
This is the meeting of the Norwalk Board of Education for Tuesday, Jan. 19. This meeting was previously streamed live. Video Credit: Norwalk Public Schools [Official]

NORWAlK, Conn. — At a recent Board of Education meeting, Norwalk Superintendent Steven Adamowski presented steps that Norwalk Public Schools plans to accomplish this year to improve education of students with special learning needs.

These priorities are based on the recommendations of the CREC Special Education Review, which were presented to the Board of Education in December.

Among the steps he outlined are:

  • Conclude a search for a Chief of Pupil Services;
  • Plan and implement centralization of inclusive preschool classrooms at the Norwalk Early Childhood Center on Allen Road, effective for September;
  • Return students to Norwalk in three outplaced classes for 2016-17: two secondary classes to Norwalk High School and one elementary autism classroom to Wolfpit School;
  • Request a “desk audit” of Individual Educational Plans;
  • Improve a system of financial controls;
  • Plan and implement an elementary school demonstration and training site that will offer a full continuum of services for 2016-17;
  • Combine and integrate each high school with feeder middle schools for development of a consistent continuum of services;
  • Reconstitute the District Special Education Department – people, positions, roles and responsibilities -- to create the capacity to accomplish all priority recommendations of the CREC Special Education Review during the term of the Strategic Operating Plan, 2016-2019;
  • Establish the extra-duty position of Compliance and Quality Case Manager in all elementary and middle schools;
  • Improve capacity to plan, develop, implement and communicate 504 Plans and the use of adaptive technology;
  • Create the capacity to audit and manage outside placements, coordinate shared services and facilitate return to District when appropriate, to include DCF and court placements;
  • Request of the City of Norwalk, the establishment of a Transitional Special Education Development Fund of $1.2M per year for three years.

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