"I didnt come here to do things the "Norwalk way""said new Superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools Dr. Manuel Rivera.
A new school year means a new "Norwalk way" for Norwalk Public Schools. During Norwalk Public Schools' Convocation Monday morning at Brien McMahon High School, new Superintendent Dr. Manuel Rivera stressed the importance of education being a community effort.
Superintendent Dr. Rivera said "If we are going to raise the bar for our students and ourselves, it cannot be business as usual. That's a thing of the past. We are going have to find a way to work together to create a new "Norwalk Way".
Assistant Superintendent Tony Daddona and Mayor Richard Moccia also shared words of encouragement for the upcoming school year.
Tony Daddona, Assistant Superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools said "I know at times it can be very difficult for all of you. However your perserverance, your dedication, your professionalism continue to be ever present to our students and in Norwalk."
"It's not just teaching them the fundamentals of learning." said Mayor Richard Moccia. "It's having to cope and be a psychiatrist, a social worker, and everything elese that everyone expects from teachers."
The convocation was also an opportunity for teachers to learn the steps taken to increase safety in all 19 public schools including an increase in the number of school resource officers.
Deputy Chief of Police David Wrinn said "One of the biggest things you are seeing right now is the investment that the city has put into hiring additional SROs (School Resource Officers) for the schools. That is the police presence that you see here today."
"Our goal was to develop a plan that you could use every day. That will make schools safer every day." said Fire Chief Denis McCarthy
Superintendent Rivera concluded by encouraging teachers to continue to make a difference.
"Let's not make excuses or grumble about what we don't have. Let's take what we do have and let's make a difference." said Superintent Dr. Rivera.