Election Day is Nov. 5. Here at It's Relevant, we're sitting down with Norwalk's candidates for Common Council and the Board of Education, and we're talking about their opinions, qualifications and visions for Norwalk.
Artie Kassimis (R) was appointed to the Board of Education in May 2011. Since his appointment, he says he has:
- Cleaned up Norwalk Public Schools' case file.
- Created an "athletics liaison" position for the Board of Education, designed to work with the schools' athletics departments.
- Implemented drivers education courses within the schools. A portion of the money received from drivers education courses goes to the athletics department.
Kassimis says his three priorities moving forward are to support Superintendent Manuel Rivera's vision for Norwalk; keep the board financially stable; and continue to improve school safety measures across the city.
He says an average Norwalk teacher will earn a 4.2 percent raise in the 2014-2015 budget; the year after, contracts are open for negotiation. He says the board has a plan in place to pay teachers fairly, ensure a good education for Norwalk children and not be a burden to taxpayers.
Kassimis pledges not to "micromanage" Rivera as he looks to put his stamp on Norwalk education.
"We hire a CEO for a reason," he says. "Because of their expertise. They're supposed to run the operation. We're supposed to hold them accountable. That's the way it should be."