New Rochelle group sues BOE, alleging superintendent not qualified for job

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A group of New Rochelle residents is suing the New Rochelle Board of Education, saying the new superintendent is not qualified for the job.

When Dr. Laura Feijoo introduced herself to the New Rochelle School District in July, the community expressed outrage over the Board of Education's decision to hire a former New York City Department of Education employee.

A group known as The Collective New Rochelle, claims Dr. Feijoo is unfit to oversee students in New Rochelle, which predominately serves children of color.

The concerns stem from a $90 million reverse discrimination lawsuit Dr. Feijoo recently filed against her former employer, alleging her then-colleagues of color weren't qualified to replace her.

This weekend, "The Collective" filed a lawsuit against the Board of Education. Minister Mark McLean, the New Rochelle NAACP president, is a member of the "The Collective."

“They recklessly without any process hired this person without any transparency and without any input from the community,” says McLean.

The group claims the school board illegally ignored its policy to establish a citizen advisory committee in searching for a superintendent.

They are asking the court to overturn its action, appoint a citizen advisory commission and terminate Dr. Feijoo's contract.

“They chose a person that is the total antithesis of the foundational value of New Rochelle,” says McLean. “The fact that we are in a lawsuit right now is as a result of the brazen disregard of the values and sensibilities of our community from the Board of Education.”

In a statement, Board of Education President Amy Moselhi, says the board does not feel Dr. Feijoo's lawsuit disqualifies her. Moselhi says their decision to support Dr. Feijoo is governed by a steadfast commitment to the students and their right to an excellent education.

However, the district says President Moselhi's comments were about the situation surrounding Dr. Feijoo's appointment in general and that they are not commenting on any litigation, and have not seen the reported lawsuit. 

It could take months before a judge makes a final decision. Dr. Feijoo's official first day as superintendent is on Friday.


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