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BOE Shifts to Workshop Format for First Meeting of Each Month

BOE Shifts to Workshop Format for First Meeting of Each Month
Posted on 10/07/2015
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Beginning this month, the Norwalk Board of Education will divide its regular twice-a-month meetings into two separate formats. The first meeting of each month will be designated as a Workshop Meeting, while the second will remain a Business Meeting.

Board of Education Workshop Meetings will be used as forums for administrators to present new proposals or topics that represent major changes of practice for the Norwalk Public Schools.  In most cases, workshop topics will relate directly to the goals and strategies of the school district’s Strategic Operating Plan.  Workshop sessions will explain major issues, reports and plans, before the Board is asked to approve them or make major decisions at a business meeting.  

“The workshop format is well suited for addressing major policy topics,” said Mike Lyons, Chairman, Norwalk Board of Education. “Designating one meeting a month for an in-depth focus will allow the Board time to analyze and consider major issues and plans, and will also make monthly business meetings more efficient.  The new format will assure that achieving the goals of our Strategic Plan remains a strong Board focus.”

The first Workshop Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 13 at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Room A300.  This meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“This type of meeting schedule is in use in many school districts in Connecticut, and has proven to be a productive approach to board work,” said Dr. Steven Adamowski, Superintendent, Norwalk Public Schools. “I’m pleased to work with our Board of Education to establish this practice here in Norwalk.” 

Both Workshop and Business Meetings will be open to the public, as usual.  However, at Workshop Meetings, public comments will be reserved for the end of the meeting, following the presentations and discussion by the Board.  Members of the public are encouraged to keep comments focused on the topics that were presented that evening’s meeting.

Norwalk Board of Education meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month, with Special Meetings as circumstances require.  Meetings typically begin at 7 p.m.