All Norwalk students deserve access to safe and attractive schools that support learning and provide a nurturing, inclusive environment. Yet with Norwalk's school-age population projected to increase steadily in the coming years, our schools are on the verge of running out of space.
As a result, Norwalk needs to create new schools, either by new construction, or by renovating or expanding existing buildings. With many older buildings in use throughout the district, a long-term plan for upgrading or renovating existing buildings also needs to be put in place.
In 2015, the Norwalk Board of Education commissioned a comprehensive study of public school facilities in Norwalk. The Board commissioned outside experts that had considerable experience working with public school districts on similar projects.The initial results of the study were presented to the Facilities Committee of the Board of Education beginning in January, and were also incorporated into public forums and Board of Education meetings about the adoption of the 2016-19 Strategic Operating Plan.
The creation of a districtwide facilities plan to accommodate additional enrollment, eliminate the use of modular classrooms and provide modern facilities for all students is a process that will have many phases.The end result, a 10-year dynamic master plan, will take time to fully develop.