NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Superintendent Susan Marks received two standing ovations from members of the Board of Education Tuesday night as they accepted her resignation. Marks will leave on Aug. 17 after serving two years.
“I take my time in Norwalk as a great learning experience,” she said. “There have been and will be many comments about my tenure in Norwalk. My wish is that you will remember my decency, humanity and professionalism.”
During the public comment portion of the meeting, some people said they believed Marks was being run out of the school district, however, she denied these claims.
“I wasn’t run out, this was my decision,” she said. “I have had a lot of support on this board, from teachers, from administrators from all staff and particularly from the community.”
Former board of education member Susan Hamilton began choking up as she thanked Marks for her work and commitment to Norwalk. She particularly thanked her for attending so many school events on weekends and for listening to parents and teachers.
“You are one of the most honest, compassionate women I have ever known. The energy and passion, which you put into your work, is contagious. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“You brought much needed change to Norwalk, and as you always say, change is hard,” said board member Sue Haynie. She credited Marks with improvements such as bringing in more than $1 million in grants, improving the school calendar and making sure administrators worked on snow days.
Marks said she was proud that she was able to spend so much time in classrooms, met with teachers and principals, attended school and PTO meetings and other activities. She said she tried to be professional and decent to everyone she interacted with.
“Our children watch the way us adults interact with each and I take this responsibility seriously,” she said. “People can disagree, but we can act in a decent manner as we work through our disagreements.”
The board will begin the process of looking for an interim superintendent next week.