NEW ROCHELLE, NY — The members of the New Rochelle Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth were announced this week by Chairman Dr. Jonathan Brice.
The 46 community members, City and School District officials and others represent a wide cross section of New Rochelle, including law enforcement, educators, parents, students, businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations. Many of the members are New Rochelle High School alumni. They were chosen from nearly 300 applications.
“The number of applicants affirmed that New Rochelle is home to many incredibly talented people who care deeply about their community,” Dr. Brice said. “Choosing the members was difficult. Final selections were made to ensure a diverse and representative group of people to help in the Task Force’s vitally important work.”
Dr. Brice selected the members with input from the Board of Education and the City of New Rochelle.
“We are thrilled with the list of members chosen for the Task Force,” said New Rochelle Board of Education President Rachel Relkin. “We’re gratified that Dr. Brice chose to expand the size of the Task Force beyond what was originally anticipated because we had so many well-qualified applicants. The community members selected possess incredible depth and breadth of experience, knowledge and expertise, and it is heartening to see their dedication to helping their community.”
Notifications were sent to the applicants last Friday. For a full list of Task Force members, visit the district web page.
The Task Force will review School District and City practices and policies. It will recommend measures to ensure a safe, nurturing learning environment as the foundation for student success, and to strengthen public confidence in the safety of District schools and the surrounding community.
The first of its several meetings will take place Saturday. It was rescheduled from Wednesday because of the weather. That session will not be open to the public. Members are expected to discuss which meetings they will invite the public to, and what other opportunities for public comment will be made available. The Task Force is expected to complete its work in April.