Efficiency study for Norwalk and schools expected to end by spring

Alexandra Estrella, superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools, Mayor Harry Rilling and his wife Lucia join students, faculty and parents participate West Rocks School annual Spring Cleanup on April 17 in Norwalk.

Alexandra Estrella, superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools, Mayor Harry Rilling and his wife Lucia join students, faculty and parents participate West Rocks School annual Spring Cleanup on April 17 in Norwalk.

Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media file photo

NORWALK — The efficiency study ordered by the city and its public schools is underway and expected to be completed by spring 2022.

“A comprehensive study of this order is expected to take at least six months to complete,” said Josh Morgan, director of communications for the city.

In June, the city and Norwalk Public Schools agreed to a joint contract with Evergreen Solutions, a Florida-based company, to conduct a study on how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of both entities. The total cost of the study is $275,000.

The efficiency study was first proposed in February 2020 during budget deliberations after Common Council members raised concerns about the school district’s use of funds. The city opted not to raise the Board of Education’s operating budget for the current school year in anticipation of the study’s results.

The school board is preparing to set the budget for the 2022-23 school year over the next few months.

emily.morgan@hearstmediact.com