NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- For the first time ever, New Rochelle will hold open meetings of build-level Health & Safety Committees.
Starting Monday at Webster and Barnard, the current draft Building Condition Survey (BCS) will be reviewed during February public meetings of each school's Health and Safety Committee. Consultation with the committee is required to finalize the BCS.
The meetings will afford parents, staff and residents an excellent opportunity to prepare for the March Budget and Bond Review Sessions by having an opportunity to learn about the condition of each building. Talk of the Sound has been pressing the issue of properly appointed Health and Safety Committees for years in New Rochelle. For almost a decade these committees were not even staffed as required under New York State law and, obviously, did not meet. Since they began meeting in the wake of Sandy Hook, the meetings have been held in secret without agendas or meeting minutes (we know because when we FOIL'd for them last year we were told none existed). By law, these meetings are Open Meetings just like a school board meeting. Having fought to open these meetings to the public we strongly encourage parents and voters to attend, especially now given the substantial issues regarding building safety following the collapse of the ceiling at Webster School.
The recently released Draft Building Conversion Survey represents what Talk of the Sound believes to be the first honest attempt to evaluate the condition of facilities in the New Rochelle School District. The report revealed needed repairs totalling $71 million.
Meetings are as follows:
Webster - Monday, February 1, 1:30 p.m.
Barnard - Monday, February 1, 3:30 p.m.
Columbus - Tuesday, February 2, 1:30 p.m.
IEYMS - Thursday, February 4, 10:00 a.m.
ALMS - Friday, February 5, 2:00 p.m.
Trinity - Monday, February 8, 2:30 p.m.
Ward - Tuesday, February 9, 10:00 a.m.
Jefferson - Wednesday, February 10, 10:30 a.m.
NRHS - Thursday, February 11, 1:00 p.m.
Davis - Friday, February 12, 11:00 a.m.
There will also be a School Budget Community Input Forum on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the James L. Gaddy Library at New Rochelle High School
Download a copy of the Building Condition Survey for any school before the meeting: