NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- More than 200 residents came out to a historic New Rochelle Board of Education meeting this week, held in the Lincoln School Attendance Zone.
The Tuesday meeting was held at the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle, Remington Unit, 116 Guion Place, setting the session in the area that was once served by Lincoln Elementary School. The school closed following a landmark 1960 desegregation case, Taylor v. Board of Education of City School District, which found the district had perpetuated a racial imbalance there.
The Board of Education holds many of its twice-monthly meetings in schools throughout the district. Last spring, residents called for one of the meetings to be held in the zone of the former Lincoln school.
"We were pleased to hold a Board of Education meeting in the Lincoln attendance zone, and we thank the Boys and Girls Club for hosting," said Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne. "The Taylor case is an important part of our city's and our nation's history, and the meeting was a fitting tribute. We appreciate the partnership with those in the Lincoln community and we are committed to working together to educate and nurture all of our children."
New Rochelle City Councilman Jared Rice, who attended the meeting, said later that it was "wonderful" to see so many people attend. "Ultimately, we all want all of our students to reach their academic potential and this historic meeting brought us one step closer towards that goal," he said.