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New Rochelle School District Explores Options For World Language Program

The committee will research other world language and bilingual programs, update the Board of Education at various points along the way, and then make recommendations to the Board as to what is best for the district.
The committee will research other world language and bilingual programs, update the Board of Education at various points along the way, and then make recommendations to the Board as to what is best for the district. Photo Credit: File

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. --The City School District of New Rochelle recently announced its plans to form a committee that will explore the disparity of language offerings among schools and present to the Board of Education options it will consider for a districtwide world language program.

Dr. Magda Parvey, assistant superintendent and chief academic officer, and Juan Mendez, chairman of world languages for the district, will name a committee, which will include approximately 35 to 40 stakeholders -- parents, teachers and administrators. The committee will include representatives from each school, according to a release from the district.

The committee will research other world language and bilingual programs, update the Board of Education at various points along the way, and then make recommendations to the Board as to what is best for the district.

The committee, along with Mendez and Parvey, will determine a timetable for completion.

Of the district's seven elementary schools, five of them -- Davis, Ward, Webster, Barnard and Jefferson -- offer foreign language, and of those, four offer the Children International Language Academy program, the release said.

Currently, the programs are very site-based and not formally structured by the district. Two of the elementary schools do not offer foreign language.

"The disparities in world language exist at the elementary level, and there is a very strong desire from parents, administrators and teachers to provide equal language services for students," Parvey said.

She added that current cohorts will not be disrupted, and a new approach will not require additional resources to implement.

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