NORWALK, Conn. – A 10-person committee will lead the Board of Education’s community outreach efforts in the search for a new school superintendent, board Chairperson Michael Lyons announced Wednesday.
The committee, which will work with the search firm PROACT Search, will be chaired by Norwalk Community College President David Levinson, and it will begin outreach efforts this month.
“This committee is designed to help the board do a thorough search and to reach out to all the various groups in Norwalk,” said Lyons, who compiled the group with the help of the board. In addition to community outreach, the committee will also help create a profile of the type of superintendent people want, which PROACT will use during the screening process.
The board hopes to have a new superintendent selected before the end of the current school year.
In addition to Levinson, the other members of the committee are:
• Emiley Aguilar, Ponus Ridge Middle School parent and co-founder of the school’s Governance Council
• Anthony Allison, program director, Norwalk Children’s Foundation
• Mike Barbis, Board of Education
• Harry Carey, Norwalk Chamber of Commerce
• Artie Kassimis, Board of Education
• Rhonda Kiest, executive director, Stepping Stones Museum
• Rosa Murray, Board of Education
• Novelette Peterkin, executive director, Carver Foundation
• Steve Scatamacchia, Norwalk Board of Realtors
Lyons’ goal was to create a committee that was reflective of the community, but board member Migdalia Rivas expressed some disappointment over the committee’s makeup.
“This is not a true representation of Norwalk in order to do a profile,” Rivas said. She said she found no fault with the people who were chosen, but she would have liked to see two additional positions to bring the committee to 12 members. Namely, she said she would like to see a member of the NAACP and a member of a Hispanic group added.
Lyons said adding more members could make the board unwieldy, and stressed that PROACT and the committee will be instructed to reach out to as many groups throughout the city as necessary.
“I think the committee is a good representation of the community,” Lyons said.