Norwich must face “new reality,” super says

NORWICH – Faced with more than a $2.8 million gap between revenue and expenses, the Norwich City School District’s top administrator told school leaders this week that failure was not an option.

“We’re going to safely manage this crisis,” Superintendent Gerard O’Sullivan told members of the district’s board of education Monday. “It’s our new reality and we don’t have an option.”

O’Sullivan drew parallels between the fiscal crisis currently being faced by schools across the country and US Airways Flight 1549. The flight made headlines when, on Jan. 15, 2009, it struck a flock of geese minutes after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia airport. Its flight crew, led by Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, safely landed the aircraft in the Hudson River.

According to the superintendent, the first item on the checklist used by the crew to deal with the emergency situation was to continue to fly the plane. This, he said, must also be the district’s top priority.

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