MEDIA STATEMENT – Jan. 19, 2018
Rachel Relkin, President of the New Rochelle Board of Education
Dr. Brian Osborne, Superintendent, City School District of New Rochelle
It was invaluable to hear from so many New Rochelle community members at last night’s Board of Education meeting in City Hall. As the Board of Education President and the Superintendent of Schools, we would like to assure District residents that we heard your concerns.
This input will be invaluable as the City School District of New Rochelle and the City of New Rochelle begin a comprehensive review of District policies and practices that surround student safety and security. We will do everything we can to ensure that the solution-oriented review leads to concrete actions to ensure the safety of our students.
We now have specific measures to ensure the safety and security of our students. Access to New Rochelle High School is being strictly controlled and enforced. The City is providing uniformed police officers, assigned to the primary access points surrounding the high school. Uniformed police officers are inside the high school. Random searches are also being conducted of students entering the school.
In addition, police presence and visibility along North Avenue south of New Rochelle High School is enhanced during hours when students tend to congregate or travel to and from school.
These measures will be in place until further notice.
We would also like to welcome the community to come to the District’s information session on safety and security on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Whitney M. Young Auditorium at New Rochelle High School, 265 Clove Road.