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New Rochelle School District
Westchester County, New York
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Brian Osborne
Enrollment:10,781 students
Graduation rate:83%[1]
Number of schools:11
Budget: $245.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Lianne Merchant
Board members:9
Term length:5
New Rochelle School District is a school district in New York that served 10,781 students in 11 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 11th-largest by enrollment in the state of New York.

About the district

New Rochelle School District is located in Westchester County, New York.
New Rochelle School District is located in Westchester County, New York. The county seat of Westchester County is White Plains, New York. Westchester County is home to 968,802 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Westchester County outperformed the rest of New York in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 44.8 percent of Westchester County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 32.8 percent for New York as a whole. The median household income in Westchester County was $81,093 compared to $57,683 for the state of New York. The poverty rate in Westchester County was 9.3 percent compared to 14.9 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Westchester County (%) New York (%)
White 75.1 71.2
Black or African American 15.8 17.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.0
Asian 6.0 8.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.2 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 22.8 18.2

2013 Party Affiliation, Westchester County[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 277,907 47.16
Republican 140,101 23.78
Independent 25,572 4.34
Constitution 8,993 1.53
Working Families 1,555 0.26
Green 760 0.13
Other 128 0.02
Unaffiliated 134,234 22.78

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of the New Rochelle School District is Dr. Brian Osborne, whom the school board appointed to the position on June 3, 2014. His predecessor was Richard E. Organisciak, who retired in October 2013. Osborne earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy and religion from Colgate University, an M.A. degree in teaching from New York University and both master's and doctoral degrees in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to his appointment, he worked as a classroom teacher, administrator, school co-founder and state government official with the New York Department of Education. Osborne also served as the superintendent of the South Orange-Maplewood School District in New Jersey from 2007 to 2014.[6]

School board

New Rochelle School District is overseen by a nine-member board, all of whom are elected at-large to five-year terms.[7][8]

New Rochelle Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Lianne Merchant 2015
Rachel Relkin 2016
Naomi Brickel 2016
Dr. Pamela M. Davis 2018
Dr. Sal Fernandez 2019
Jeffrey Hastie 2019
David Lacher 2017
Valerie Orellana 2015
Chrisanne M. Petrone 2017

School board elections

See also: New Rochelle School District elections (2014)

Members of the New Rochelle Board of Education are elected to five-year terms. Two seats were up for election in 2014, and two seats will be up for election in 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The New Rochelle Board of Education's policy on public participation in board meetings is under review. The board discussed adopting the following policy in a meeting held on August 5, 2014:

The Board of Education encourages members of the public not only to attend Board meetings, but also to express their views as to matters affecting the School District. A time for public comment will be provided on Regular Meeting agendas, but there may be times when, due to the press of other business before the Board, the Board may vote to suspend the public comment period for a particular meeting.

A School District resident who wishes to speak at a Regular Board of Education business meeting should contact the Clerk of the Board no later than 3:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting and indicate his/her intention to speak, with an identification of the topic which he/she wishes to address. These residents will be called upon during the first part of the scheduled public comment section on the agenda. Speakers are limited to three minutes each, with remarks limited to the scope of the pre‑announced topic.

Other residents attending regularly scheduled Board meetings who wish to address the Board will be invited to do so at the conclusion of the first part of the scheduled public comment section, and a show of hands will be requested to determine the number of persons interested in speaking. It will be the prerogative of the President of the Board of Education, based upon meeting time constraints and the number of persons wishing to speak, to set a time limit, not to exceed three minutes, for each speaker.

Each person who wishes to speak at a Board meeting shall be afforded no more than one opportunity to speak per Regular Meeting.

Each person speaking shall:

A. Give his/her name and address, and name of his/her organization if speaking in a representative capacity;

B. Address all remarks to the chairperson of the meeting;

C. Understand that issues related to specific personnel will not be discussed in public session;

D. Refrain from personal attacks on individuals, it being the intention of the public comment period to obtain views on issues of concern rather than the airing of inter-personal disputes;

E. Not call for expressions of sentiment or support from others present;

F. Be prepared to offer supporting evidence for any factual assertions made in his/her remarks if requested to do so by a member of the Board of Education;

G. Persons who believe that they have information bearing on possible improper conduct by any employee or officer of the School District are requested to bring such information, in writing, to the attention of the President of the Board of Education or the Superintendent of Schools.[9]

—New Rochelle School District website, (2014)[10]


The table below displays the budget for New Rochelle School District:[11][12]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $187,105,857 74.1% $19,076,575 7.6% $15,762,836 6.2% $11,046,130 4.4% $19,625,673 7.8% $252,617,071
2013-2014 $134,957,573 56.4% $12,404,825 5.2% $24,364,675 10.2% $0.00 0% $67,754,957 28.3% $239,482,030
2014-2015 $137,302,662 55.9% $12,650,786 5.2% $25,182,414 10.3% $0.00 0% $70,321,469 28.6% $245,457,331
Averages: $153,122,030.67 62% $14,710,728.67 6% $21,769,975 9% $3,682,043.33 1% $52,567,366.33 21% $245,852,144

Teacher salaries

New Rochelle School District employed 174 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. The salary schedule accounts for a graduate degree by providing a higher starting salary and a greater potential salary. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the New Rochelle Federation of United School Employees for 2013-2014:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 54,969 91,872
B.A. + 15 56,992 94,271
B.A. + 30 59,461 102,291
B.A. + 60 64,936 117,994
M.A. 63,236 113,995
M.A. + 30 66,633 121,994
M.A. + 60 70,371 129,266
M.A. + 90 73,163 131,839
Ph.D. 73,163 131,839

Schools in New Rochelle School District


New Rochelle School District served 10,781 students during the 2011-2012 school year. New Rochelle School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

New Rochelle School District operates 11 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

New Rochelle School District
School Name
Albert Leonard Middle School
Barnard Early Childhood Center
Campus Alternative High School
Columbus Elementary School
Daniel Webster Elementary School
George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School
Isaac Young Middle School
Jefferson Elementary School
New Rochelle High School
Trinity Elementary School
William B. Ward Elementary School

Academic performance

The New York State Education Department facilitates assessment of student performance throughout the state in English language arts and mathematics. These annual evaluations determine where students fit into the State Testing Program's standards for grades three through eight and high school. The following tables detail how the school district compared to state averages across grade cohorts in both categories, with percentages indicating students who reached Level 3 or higher on state tests.

The New York State Testing Program assesses student performance based on a four-point scale for each test category:[1]

  • Level 1: Below Standard: Student performance does not demonstrate an understanding of the academic discipline for a particular grade level.
  • Level 2: Meets Basic Standard: Student performance demonstrates a partial understanding of the academic discipline for a particular grade level.
  • Level 3: Meets Proficiency Standard: Student performance demonstrates an understanding of the academic discipline for a particular grade level.
  • Level 4: Exceeds Proficiency Standard: Student performance demonstrates a thorough understanding of the academic discipline for a particular grade level.

Student Proficiency Levels, English Language Arts, 2012-2013
Grade District (%) State (%)
3 33 31
4 32 30
5 40 30
6 30 30
7 34 31
8 34 34
9-12 87 81

Student Proficiency Levels, Mathematics, 2012-2013
Grade District (%) State (%)
3 39 34
4 43 36
5 41 30
6 31 31
7 32 28
8 23 28
9-12 89 84


Board meeting policies

Robert Cox, a blogger on Talk of the Sound, published an opinion piece criticizing the New Rochelle Board of Education for proposed changes to its policy on public participation in school board meetings.[10] He listed several of the potential changes:

  • The "Public Engagement" session is now known as the "Public Comment" session
  • Pre-registered speakers may speak for no more than three minutes, which is less than the five minutes formerly granted
  • Speakers must provide the board with a summary of their topic in advance, and speakers may not deviate from that topic
  • Speakers may not criticize specific personnel
  • The public must provide complaints regarding improper conduct by district employees in writing to either the superintendent or the board president
  • The public may only participate in a maximum of one meeting per month
  • The board can suspend public comment during any meeting
  • The board may interrupt speakers
  • The board may request "supporting evidence" for factual assertions made by speakers
  • Board members are no longer required to answer questions from the public during or after meetings

Cox stated that the board under President Lianne Merchant was "where free speech goes to die." He argued that the board is attempting to reduce public involvement in meetings as a way of silencing the anger of parents over "an unfolding story of corruption and incompetence" in the district. Board members at the August 5, 2014, board meeting stated that the intention behind the change was to reduce the length of board meetings. After the proposed policy was first read at the meeting, only two members of the public commented on it.[8][15]

Contact information

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New Rochelle School District
515 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: 914-576-4300
Fax: 914-632-4144

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Data NYSED, "School Report Card Data (2012-13)," accessed August 6, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Westchester County, New York," accessed May 1, 2014
  4. New York State Board of Elections, "NYS Voter Enrollment by County, Party Affiliation and Status - Voters Registered as of November 01, 2013," accessed April 11, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. The Hall Monitor, "New Rochelle schools hires Brian Osborne as new superintendent," June 2, 2014
  7. New Rochelle School District, "Board of Education Members," accessed August 6, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 New Rochelle School District, "Active Policies," accessed August 6, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. 10.0 10.1 New Rochelle School District, "Public Comment at Meetings," accessed August 6, 2014
  11. New Rochelle School District, "New Rochelle School District District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 12, 2013
  12. New Rochelle School District, "2014-2015 Superintendent's Proposed Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  13. New Rochelle Talk, "Agreement between the New Rochelle School District and the New Rochelle Federation of United School Employees," accessed December 3, 2014
  14. New Rochelle School District, "Links to School Web Sites," accessed August 6, 2014
  15. Talk of the Sound, "New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members," August 6, 2014