[And Norwalk BOE, exactly how are you going to hire Mr. Adamowski considering he does not have the necessary certification to be a superintendent in Connecticut – Adamowski’s NONRENEWABLE INTERIM PROVISIONAL EDUCATOR ended on 11/7/2007]
The Norwalk Board of Education has selected Steven Adamowski to replace Manny Rivera as the next Norwalk Superintendent of Schools according to sources in Norwalk and as reported in the Norwalk Hour and a local news site called Nancy on Norwalk which is maintained by journalists including Mark Chapman who wrote the article on Adamowski.
Norwalk’s previous superintendent, Rivera, left earlier this year to take the superintendent’s job in New London, the community in which Adamowski has been serving as “Overlord” and Special Master.
According to the published report, the Norwalk Board will be voting to officially hire Adamowski on June 16, at which time, one would suppose, he’ll announce that he is leaving his job in the Connecticut State Department of Education, a position he was given through a no posting, no review process, thanks to now departed Commissioner Stefan Pryor.
Adamowski was selected for the Norwalk job through a search managed by the now infamous corporate search firm, ProACT, the company that stands in the center of a $20 million no-bid contract controversy in Chicago, Illinois.
The ongoing investigation recently brought down Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and a number of school districts fired ProACT following the revelations coming out of Chicago.
As the Catalyst Chicago media outlet reported about ProAct in 2013,
“Byrd-Bennett is listed as a senior associate for a superintendent search firm called PROACT Search, in documents dated August 2012—four months after taking the position with CPS.
PROACT is run by the same individuals who lead Supes: (Gary Solomon, the executive director, and Thomas Vranas, the president.)
Byrd-Bennett is one of four contacts listed in the proposal for services submitted by PROACT in its bid to do a superintendent search for the Norwalk, Connecticut school district. She has an e-mail address listed in the proposal. When PROACT won the contract, an official for the company was quoted in the local newspaper touting that Byrd-Bennett, who by that time had been named as Chicago’s CEO, was a contractor with the firm.”
Recently, the $20 million no-bid contract has ballooned into a major investigation attracting the FBI and other investigative agencies.
Meanwhile, back in Norwalk, Board of Education Chairman Michael Lyons announced in a press release earlier today that that Adamowski was choice.
The fairy-tale like press release states;
Dr. Adamowski shares the Board’s commitment to building a school district of excellence for the 21st Century, one that truly embraces diversity and the goal of success for each and every student. He has committed to staying in Norwalk for the long term, and to full support of the Strategic Plan adopted by the Board with former Superintendent Manny Rivera. We believe that he will bring to his Superintendency all the talents and values that the Board looked for in the lengthy search we conducted with PROACT.
Dr. Adamowski has been a successful educator and education reformer for over 35 years, and a nationally recognized urban superintendent. Dr. Adamowski served as Superintendent of Hartford’s system of schools for five years before assuming his Special Master duties. During this time, the performance of Hartford students on Connecticut State Assessments, once the lowest in Connecticut, rose by record levels, surpassing statewide gains for four consecutive years and substantially closing the achievement gap of Hartford students. Key to that success was an overhaul of the district into a system of high-performing schools of choice through the redesign and turnaround of low performing schools and the creation of new schools – a “Portfolio District.”
Prior to Hartford, Dr. Adamowski served as Senior Fellow and Managing Director of the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, DC, where he focused on assisting urban school districts to improve their effectiveness. He joined AIR after serving as Superintendent/CEO of the Cincinnati, Ohio Public Schools, where he led a massive redesign and decentralization that pioneered the development of small, themed high schools and produced dramatic gains in student outcomes.
Dr. Adamowski also served as Associate Secretary of Education in Delaware where he played a key role in that state’s early education reform efforts.
He currently teaches a course on Data-Based Decision Making for Superintendents in the University of Connecticut’s Executive Leadership Program.
Dr. Adamowski holds an M.A in Education from Trinity College in Hartford and a specialist degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He earned his PhD in Educational Administration from Saint Louis University in Missouri.
When contact by the Norwalk Hour, Adamowski responded;
“I think that Norwalk has all the challenges of a city needing to provide better schools for all children and closing the achievement gap, which is what I have devoted my life and career to for the past 30 years,”
“I think the strategy that’s outlined in the strategic plan that was developed by the board and former Superintendent Rivera is very compatible with my approach. This will be my last long term career commitment. I’m a Connecticut native and Norwalk also is the place that I would like to live and be a part of for the foreseeable future.”
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A search using Adamowski’s name here on Wait, What? will produce numerous posts on Adamowski’s antics over the last few years…
Here are just a few for those who are interested;