Students will take center stage on Saturday, when the New Rochelle Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth host their latest meeting.
The Task Force will hold a public meeting - led by student speakers following a rash of violence at and around the high school earlier this year - beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, April 14 in New Rochelle City Council Chambers at City Hall.
Community members can sign up in advance to speak at the meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees will also be able to sign up at the meeting.
Those signing up to speak have been asked to indicate whether they are students in the schools. Those speakers will be placed on a list in order of the time the requests were made, but officials said “students will be given priority in speaking during the first hour of the public session. Speakers are asked to bring their solution-oriented ideas and recommendations and present them concisely to allow others to have time to present their views.”
“Input from the public is crucial to our mission,” Jonathan Brice, chair of the Task Force stated. “Suggestions, thoughts and ideas from the public will expand our perspective of the New Rochelle community and will inform the recommendations on how we can build community-wide supports for youth and students.”
In early March, the New Rochelle Board of Education established the 46-member Task Force to “recommend measures to ensure the schools and community are safe, nurturing places for the children, teenagers and young adults in the city.” They are expected to make formal recommendations to the Board of Education later this month.
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