NEW ROCHELLE, NY — A parent member representing The Collective, the New Rochelle community group of parents, educators and activists opposed to the CSDNR June 28th hiring of Dr. Laura Feijoo as Superintendent, filed on Monday, July 29th, 2019 an official petition (see below) with the New York State Education Department citing willful violation of three Board Policies and therefore called for the vacating of the signed contract via state intervention. In calling for the vacating of the employment contract between the CSDNR and Feijoo, the petition also calls for state intervention over the matter in order to mandate that the school board form a citizens advisory committee involving the community in a proper superintendent search.
The petition, of which its entirety is attached following this release, outlines the sequence of events of the past year, based on public records, the school board’s hearings and actions related to the superintendent search and how they violated three of its Board Policies:
- Failure to involve the community via “Community Involvement in Superintendence Search”—Board Policy 8260
- Failure to form a citizens advisory committee via “Community Advisory Committees”— Board Policy 2211
- Failure to govern the amount of time the community should receive notice before a special meeting is held—Board Policy 9330
It also cites four examples of NY area public school districts that have followed board policies with community advisory committees in superintendent search procedures. “This disregard for parents voices violates their own bylaws, not to mention recent previous hiring practices in New Rochelle and neighboring school districts. With community input, this deeply divisive choice could have been avoided,” said New Rochelle parent Adina Brooks.
The Collective calls on the NYS ED to swiftly take action as there is a pressing urgency with the 2019-2020 school year start-date approaching and the continuance of this Superintendent hire is a public liability to the well-being of our district’s children and administration.
“The Collective’s priority is to advocate for our kids in this diverse and academically rigorous school system. The School Board clearly failed to do so in making this hire,” said Timothy Clark. “We await the appropriate response from the State while our community comes together to work in the best interest of all our children.”