New Advocacy and Community Outreach Committee Members Announced
The Board of Education’s Advocacy and Community Outreach Committee has added five new members from the community. They are Heriberto Contreras, Kathleen Gallagher, Elissa Glickman, Zachah Koufalis and Stacy Sutherland. The new members join co-chairs Julia Muggia Ochs and Paul Warhit, both Board members; Board President Jeffrey Hastie (an ex-officio member); Interim Superintendent Dr. Magda Parvey; and Ken Valenti, the District’s Public Information Officer.
The committee advocates for the school District by engaging with community organizations, elected officials, students, family, staff and the public at large. It meets generally on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Carew Room of the District offices on the second floor of City Hall, 515 North Ave.
The next meeting is scheduled for November 14.
Residency Verification/Verificación de Residencia
The City School District of New Rochelle has replaced its re-registration with a process of residency verification. The following is a Q&A about the process, along with a letter to the community from the Board of Education:
El Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de New Rochelle ha reemplazado su reinscripción con un proceso de verificación de residencia. La siguiente es una sesión de preguntas y respuestas sobre el proceso, junto con una carta a la comunidad de la Junta de Educación:
Dear New Rochelle Community
The New Rochelle Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian G. Osborne have reached a separation agreement, effective today, October 2. The Board of Education and Dr. Osborne felt it was in the best interests of the District and the community to move forward with the transition at this time.
The announcement was made at tonight’s school board meeting. Dr. Osborne had previously communicated that he did not wish to extend his tenure past the current agreement ending with the 2018-2019 school year.
The Board appreciates Dr. Osborne’s leadership during the past four and a half years. He and his administration have had many accomplishments during that time, and we thank him for his service to the District and the New Rochelle community. He will be compensated for the remainder of his contract for the 2018-2019 school year.
Under Dr. Osborne’s leadership, the District has marked many accomplishments, including:
- Created a cohesive and consistent approach to curriculum and instruction across the entire District;
- Increased equity, ensuring expectations for learning outcomes are consistently high across all schools, providing greater levels of support to students who need it the most, and opening doors to participation in honors and AP courses to students previously denied those opportunities;
- Taken aggressive action to address facilities needs, including projects enabled by the $106.5 million bond;
- Dramatically improved all leadership and management of facilities, bringing accountability and professionalism;
- Strengthened the district’s financial position, balanced budgets, replenished the fund balance and begun to fund reserves;
- Implemented a zero-based approach to budgeting with an emphasis on long-term fiscal health; and
- Created an environment that supports ubiquitous technology access throughout the District’s buildings and supports modern day functionality.
The Board of Education also announced the appointment of Dr. Magda Parvey as the District’s Interim Superintendent. Since August 2016, Dr. Parvey has been the District’s Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer, overseeing all instructional programs and development of short- and long-range goals for New Rochelle’s instructional program.
Previously, Dr. Parvey held the position of Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public Schools in North Carolina. She also served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction with the West Islip School District in West Islip, N.Y. Dr. Parvey served as the Principal of North Coleman Road Elementary in Centereach, N.Y., and as the Assistant Principal of Coman Hill Elementary in Armonk, N.Y. She was the Executive Director of The Children’s Center at SUNY Brooklyn and a Lead Teacher at P.S. 189K in New York City.
Dr. Parvey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French from Canisius College; a Master of Science degree in elementary education and a Master of Arts in educational leadership and technology, both from Adelphi University; and a Doctor of Education in administration and supervision from Fordham University.
The Board would again like to thank Dr. Osborne for his service to this District and has the utmost respect for Dr. Osborne and the tremendous improvements he has made in the District, and we wish him well as he takes on new challenges.
The New Rochelle Board of Education
Safety & Security Updates
Board Announces Culture and Climate Committee Members
The New Rochelle Board of Education has announced several members of its recently established Culture and Climate Committee.
Board member Lianne Merchant, Chairperson
Other members are:
- John Barnes, Solutions to Suspension Committee
- Dierdra Grey Clark, Solutions to Suspension Committee
- Aisha Cook, elementary school teacher
- Adam Etkin, Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth
- Robin Friedman, Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth
- Tim Kukulis, New Rochelle High School teacher
- Michelle Shapiro, New Rochelle High School teacher
When the membership is finalized, the committee will also include two New Rochelle High School administrators, a middle school administrator, a middle school teacher and an elementary school administrator.
This committee was established to review the recommendations of the Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth and the safety and security assessment of the District conducted by Guidepost Solutions. It will also look at the Code of Conduct and work done by the Solutions to Suspensions Committee.
NRHS Hispanic Parent Night
6:30 p.m.City School District of New Rochelle
ALMS Principal LuncheonCity School District of New Rochelle
Back to School Night at Campus Alternative HS
7:00 p.m.City School District of New Rochelle
Jefferson Spanish/Italian Celebration
7:00 p.m.City School District of New Rochelle
Jefferson Grade 1 Coffee with Principal
8:30 a.m.City School District of New Rochelle
Webster Family Dance NightCity School District of New Rochelle
NR Fund Practice ACT
9:00 a.m.City School District of New Rochelle
SEPTA General Meeting
7:30 p.m.City School District of New Rochelle
Davis Picture DayCity School District of New Rochelle
NRHS, Linda E. Kelly Theatre
Town Hall with Dr. Parvey
Board of Education holds Town Hall meeting to offer community members the opportunity to ask questions of Interim Superintendent Dr. Magda Parvey.City School District of New Rochelle
Budget Vote - With Results
Vote: June 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.
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:
School Districts Accounting and Reporting Manual
From the Office of the New York State Comptroller