Norwalk Board of Education has named Dr. Manuel J. Rivera as the next Superintendent of Schools. Pending the approval of his contract by the Board at its meeting on July 9, Dr. Rivera will begin his term on July 18, 2013.
Mr. Rivera is a seasoned educational administrator, having served as superintendent in Rochester, NY public schools, and as Deputy Secretary of Education for the State of New York. He has been commended for his work, being named 2006 National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Superintendents, and receiving the TEC Champion Award from the Congressional Black Caucus in 2005.
Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons noted that “Mr. Rivera is no stranger to Norwalk. He lived in Norwalk for many years and his children attended Silvermine, West Rocks and Norwalk High Schools (one of his daughters graduated with the Class of 2004 at NHS).”
Dr. Rivera told the Board that he is “very knowledgeable about the City of Norwalk and knows first-hand that it is a wonderful and terrific community in which to live … I was a Norwalk resident (homeowner) and parent for many years.” “We are happy to welcome him back, and excited to have him take the helm of the Norwalk Public Schools”, Lyons concluded.