Online Credit Report Accepted by Board

The following is a message to the community from New Rochelle Board of Education President Jeffrey Hastie:

Dec. 4, 2018

Dear New Rochelle Community,

Tonight, the Board of Education has accepted the final report from T&M Protection Resources on our use of online credit courses at New Rochelle High School. (See report below.) While the time it took this report to be finalized is longer than the board wanted, it is thorough and concise. This is the first step in rebuilding trust in an educational system that prides itself on the quality of the education we deliver.

The report uncovered some improper and unacceptable practices that took place with regard to grading students’ work. The systemic failure identified in the report is not tolerated. We commissioned the investigation immediately and insisted that the report be complete, thorough and honest.

The Board of Education has been advised by the Superintendent that she has initiated the statutorily mandated process to terminate the probationary period of the administrator identified as having made the grade changes. The process requires that written notice be provided to the probationary employee at least 30 calendar days prior to the Board meeting at which the recommendation to terminate will be presented to the Board. That notice has been provided. Accordingly, the Board will consider and act upon the recommendation of the superintendent at its meeting scheduled on January 8, 2019.

Further, the District and New Rochelle High School administration is putting in place a series of changes to ensure that our students are graded with absolute integrity and professionalism.

  • Producing a handbook that clearly defines the use of on-line credit and independent study courses, including when they can be taken and when they must end.
  • Clearly defined the role and responsibilities of the Online Coordinator.
  • Ensure that multiple staff members are responsible for approving the process for each student who takes an online course. The Director of Extended Day and Continuing Education will meet with the New Rochelle High School Administrative Cabinet every month to discuss students and independent study course work.
  • Make sure that all users of the new platform receive extensive training in it.
  • Finally, we are writing Board policy for online credit courses and independent study.

The administration has put these measures in place in time to oversee this year’s online courses. The board has decided to send the final report to New York State Education Department (NYSED) for further review and to assess the proposed changes in for online services.

Our educators, administrators and support staff work their hardest to provide the highest quality education to our students in an environment that encourages a love of learning and inquiry. Graduates are – and should be – proud of their New Rochelle High School diplomas. Confidence in grading is the glue that holds it all together.

We thank you for your patience and support.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Hastie, President

New Rochelle Board of Education

T&M Protection Final NRHS Report 

T&M Protection Exhibits A-G

T&M Protection Exhibit H

T&M Protection School Board Questions

T&M Protection Team Biographies 

 

Take Our Survey on Superintendent Search

Dear Community Members,

We invite you to take part in an important survey as part of our search for a new permanent Superintendent of Schools for the City School District of New Rochelle.

As you may know, the Board of Education has chosen Dr. Harold A. Coles, Southern Westchester BOCES District Superintendent, to serve as our consultant overseeing the search. Working with Dr. Coles, we have begun to develop a plan and a timeline for the superintendent selection, as well as a profile of the expertise and qualities we are seeking in candidates for the position.

The brief survey we are providing will assist us in this effort. The Board values your input and wants to offer an opportunity for all the stakeholder groups to share their views on the characteristics needed in a new district leader, as well as your thoughts on District goals over the coming years.

Please click on the link below to participate and share your ideas.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5YKRBYH

Find the survey in Spanish here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVZP8KV

All responses are anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential. Surveys should be completed and submitted by 5 p.m., December 20, 2018.

The New Rochelle Board of Education is committed to keeping our school community informed throughout the search. Please check the district website where the superintendent search process timeline will be posted shortly.

Thank you for your help with this important responsibility.

Jeffrey Hastie, President

New Rochelle Board of Education

Questions and Answers

The following are questions that were submitted for Town Hall meeting on Restorative Justice, Nov. 14, 2018, but that remained unanswered when the meeting ended:

So much is being learned in this calm forum. Can we do more to educate the community? Do you think you have the buy-in you need?

Restorative Practices represent a significant shift in the discipline paradigm. Buy-in from the community is crucial to its success.

It is important to communicate clearly what we are doing. We will continue to educate the community by hosting parent and caregiver meetings with all schools to inform them of the work we are doing to support our educators and our students in learning social emotional learning (SEL) strategies.

We will also host community-wide sessions to inform all those interested of our work towards several common goals: preventing problem behaviors; promoting positive discipline in schools; fostering healthy school climates through development of SEL skills; and constructive conflict resolution for all students and adult learners, including educators and support staff.

 

Which schools operate Safe School Ambassador programs?

The three secondary schools – New Rochelle High School, Albert Leonard Middle School and Isaac E. Young Middle School – all have Safe School Ambassador initiatives that are designed to enhance the culture and climate in the schools. In the program, students are chosen to be trained and mentored to prevent and head off bullying incidents among their peers.

 

How long does a suspension need to be in order for Restorative Practice to be effective?

Restorative Practices and suspension are separate measures that can be employed as disciplinary steps, and they are not mutually inclusive or exclusive of each other. Restoration may benefit a student as a sole measure to correct behavior, or can be assigned a student upon return from suspension. Retorative measures can even be employed with a student facing a hearing for expulsion.

District Calendar

  • Ward Holiday Boutique

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • SEPTA General Meeting

    NRHS Library

    6:00 p.m.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Ward Holiday Boutique

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • NRHS PTSA Fundraiser

    7:00 p.m.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Barnard PTA Book Fair

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Columbus Winter Concert

    9:15 a.m. and

    10:30 a.m.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Barnard PTA Book Fair

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Webster Holiday Boutique

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Half Day - Elementary Schools

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Dismissal - 11:40 a.m.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • IEYMS Holiday Boutique

    City School District of New Rochelle
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Residency Verification

The City School District of New Rochelle has undertaken a process of residency verification for the 2018-2019 school year. The following is a Q&A about the process, along with a letter to the community from the Board of Education: 

Residency Verification Q&A 

Letter from the New Rochelle Board of Education,  August 8 2018 

Preguntas y Respuestas, Verificación de Residencia 

Carta de la Junta de Educación de New Rochelle, 8 de Agosto 2018 

 

Budget Vote - With Results

Vote: June 19, 2018 

Budget Passed - Press Release 

Unofficial Results as of 6-19-18 

Proposed budget adopted May 29, 2018 

Budget Q&A for June 19

Budget News June 2018

Noticias del Presupuesto - junio de 2018

Street Directory Guide for June 19, 2018 Budget Re-Vote 

Legal Notice - Budget Re-Vote - June 19, 2018 

Proposed 2018-19 Budget as Adopted by Board of Education 5/29 

Proposed 2018-2019 Budget Slide Presentation 

Street Directory Guide - 6-19-2018

The following is the schedule for the presentation, adoption and vote on the new 2018-2019 budget

June 5 – Public Hearing of New Budget, 7 p.m., library of New Rochelle High School, 265 Clove Road

June 19 – Budget Vote, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

May 17 Message from the Board of Education President 

Absentee Ballot Application 

 

Information regarding the May 15 School Board Election/Budget Vote of the City School District of New Rochelle can be found at the following links:

 Unofficial Results of Votes Cast_(Updated May 17, 2018) 

 May 14 Letter from the Superintendent 

Information

Budget Q & A

Superintendent's Letter 

Proposed 2018-19 Budget as Adopted by Board of Education 

Reserves 

Long Range Planning Study - City School District of New Rochelle - from Western Suffolk BOCES 

Staffing Projections  2018-19 

Zero Based Proposed Budget 2018-2019 as Adopted by Board of Education

Adopted Budget presentation

Budget Newsletter

School Districts Accounting and Reporting Manual
From the Office of the New York State Comptroller 

Sample Ballot