Mike Barbis Death – Obituary News: The Norwalk Board of Education has died .
We are sad to report that Mike Barbis, a member of the The Norwalk Board of Education since 2011 has passed away, according to the following statements posted on social media on September 22. 2021.
Norwalk Public Schools 12h · The Norwalk Board of Education and Norwalk Public Schools are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Mike Barbis. A member of the Board of Education since 2011, Mike was a passionate and knowledgeable advocate for Norwalk students and schools. During his tenure on the Board, he served as chair of the Finance Committee, Negotiations and Personnel Committee, and Facilities Committee, where he helped develop and oversee a new construction and renovation plan for the school district. He served as chairman of the Board from 2017-2019. Mike was also an active parent volunteer at Brien McMahon High School, as well as a tireless community volunteer in Rowayton and beyond. Our hearts go out to all of Mike’s family and friends. Arrangements are pending for a memorial service to remember Mike. We will keep our school community informed of any plans and memorial details that the family would like to share.
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Norwalk Republicans wrote
The Norwalk Republican Town Committee wishes to extend our heartfelt condolences as we learn of the unexpected passing of Norwalk Board of Education Member, Mike Barbis.
Mike has served on the BOE since 2011 and was a passionate advocate for Norwalk Public Schools and worked closely with many to dedicate himself to our community schools. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
“Mike was a colleague and a friend. He died too young. I will truly miss him,” former Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons said in an email to Nancy on Norwalk Tuesday night.
From NPS: Arrangements are pending for a memorial service to remember Mike. We will keep our school community informed of any plans and memorial details that the family would like to share.
Today is a shocking day for Norwalk.
Every moment is precious…Olga Zargos-Traub
Mike was a zealous advocate for NPS. Although he was tough and sometimes rubbed people the wrong way as he passionately fought for all students and held people accountable, Mike Barbis was a champion for NPS and the kids. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.Elena Chernysh
The Rowayton community is in shock. Our village will not be the same. Mike was a huge presence as our dedicated commissioner and as a larger than life fellow resident. Deepest condolences.Michael W Lyons wrote
I posted this on Nancy on Norwalk – “He was full of energy, skiing in the mountains, traveling to Europe, just this past year,” Lyons said. “He was a real force of nature in Norwalk. He loved the city, loved the school system, fought hard for what he believed in. Mike wore his emotions on his sleeve, he was passionate, and as former superintendent Steven Adamowski said to me as few minutes ago, ‘while not always politically correct, he was always righteous’. Norwalk’s new schools, built or planned, are a testament to Mike’s often unacknowledged energy. Other people will show up at the ribbon cuttings, but Mike did more than anyone in Norwalk to actually get those projects done – to the benefit of thousands of Norwalk’s children, now and in the future. When the artificial kerfuffles of email controversies are long forgotten, those schools will stand as a monument to Mike’s love for his city.”
NOT AN OBITUARY .