Andy MattisonFeb 13, 2018, 1:13 amFeb 13, 2018, 12:27 pm

New Rochelle School District establishes violence reduction task force

It's the latest move announced by the school district as it works on a plan to address school safety

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NEW ROCHELLE — The New Rochelle School District has selected an associate superintendent from Maryland to run its new Security Task Force. The task force is one of several initiatives aimed at addressing student safety after several violent incidents near New Rochelle High School this year.

The district announced Monday that Dr. Jonathan Brice will chair the task force, bringing more than 20 years of experience in education to New Rochelle as the school district continues to implement changes to address school violence.

While the school district touts his experience, some residents expressed concern with someone coming in from out-of-state to run the school's new task force.

“If the person knows what they're doing and they're an expert in it, then it might be a good idea, but I feel like it's best to have someone that knows the community,” Allison Parrett said.

In a statement, Board of Education President Rachel Relkin responded to those concerns by saying, “Dr. Brice's background makes him uniquely suited to take on this important role. With his appointment, the task force is well-positioned to fulfill its mission to reduce violence among youth in New Rochelle and make our community a better place for every student.”

The school district is currently accepting applications for membership in the task force.

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