UPDATE: CSDNR has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release regarding the Briceno appointment (see below). Safe to say they did not like being scooped by Talk of the Sound on their story. Heh.
Rolando Briceño has been selected as the new principal for Trinity Elementary School in New Rochelle. Briceño is currently the Assistant Principal at Trinity. He will be only the second hispanic principal in the history of the New Rochelle public school system. He will take over from Richard McMahon who was brought out of retirement to serve as Acting Principal two years ago when former principal Jacqueline Herman took maternity leave. Herman informed the District during the school year that she did not intend to return to work at the end of her two year unpaid leave.
Talk of the Sound reported previously that the School Board was meeting Tuesday to discuss personal.
At the conclusion of the Regular Meeting, the Board will go into Executive Session to discuss the employment history of particular persons and matters which may lead to the appointment of a particular person.
Looks like this was the “the appointment of a particular person” discussed Tuesday night after the Regular Meeting of the school board ended.
If anyone has a photo or bio information on Mr. Briceño please send it along; a scan from the Trinity yearbook would suffice.
EDITORIAL NOTE: We originally reported that Briceño was the first hispanic principal in New Rochelle. That was wrong, as noted in the comments below, and we have amended the story to make it correct.
CSDNR Press Release: Rolando Briceño Recommended for Principal Post at Trinity Elementary School
The administration of the City School District of New Rochelle has recommended the appointment of Mr. Rolando Briceño to fill the position of Principal of Trinity Elementary School, effective July 1, 2009. The Board of Education of the City School District of New Rochelle is expected to ratify a resolution appointing Mr. Briceño during the next meeting of the Board scheduled for Tuesday, June 30 at 8 PM.
Mr. Briceño has served as Assistant Principal of the Trinity Elementary School for four years. He succeeds Mr. Richard McMahon, who has served as Interim Principal for two years.
“While at Trinity School, Mr. Briceño has assisted with supervision, operation and coordination of school administration. In a relatively short time he emerged as an integral leader of the school community, and proved his innate ability to engage the faculty, parents, and students as partners in decision-making in this neighborhood school,” comments Superintendent of Schools Richard Organisciak.
Mr. Rolando Briceño holds a degree of Master of Arts in School Leadership and Technology from Adelphi University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s University. Prior to his employment in the New Rochelle School District, Mr. Briceño was Dean at Public School 72 in New York City, and Assistant Director at the Time Middle School in New York City where he had also taught Social Studies.
As Principal of Trinity Elementary School, Mr. Briceño will be responsible for the supervision of more than 53 teaching faculty, 36 support staff, and over 830 students.
NOTE: The Journal News published the press release here. I wonder if Diana Costello even has any idea why they sent her the press release and its relation to their playing catchup.