Trinity Elementary School Principal Rolando Briceño announced his resignation yesterday to staff at an afternoon meeting and to parents by way of robocall. At the time of his appointment in 2009, Briceño was only the second hispanic principal in the history of the New Rochelle public school system.
Briceño was under fire from Trinity parents from the moment his appointment as principal was announced three years ago. He has had a rocky relationship with parents in the Trinity PTA which came to a head over the past few months with the ouster of former Assistant Principal Nadine Pacheco, the removal of a popular second grade teachers and a recent allegation that a student had been attempting to set fire to seats on a school bus servicing Trinity students. There was a highly publicized complaint of a bullying situation last June involving the grandson of Maria Baez, a prominent, former elected official from New York City.