New Rochelle parents demand superintendent resign over coach suspensionPosted: Updated:
Another New Rochelle school board meeting was held Tuesday evening in the midst of controversy surrounding a beloved football coach.
Parents and residents are still upset and voiced their concerns about the reassignment of New Rochelle High School Football Coach Louis DiRienzo to School Superintendent Dr. Laura Feijóo.
Since Thursday, DiRienzo has not been able to teach or coach the football team. Feijoo says he violated school policy, but because of confidentiality agreements, she can't say what he did.
A large numbers of disgruntled parents were upset by that news, yelling at Feijoo, calling on her to resign. "You missed the mark by failing to connect with our students and instead driving them to walk out of school in support of Coach D," says one parent. "Going public with members' employment status, undermining their due process was wrong and unbelievably done improperly,” added another.
According to DiRienzo’s son on Twitter, the coach helped a sick student (and family member) leave school with her parent. He also says the district has not reached out to the suspended coach. “He was not, and still has not been, advised of the “charge” that is the reason for this suspension of duties…to date, no one from Central Administration has spoken with Coach DiRienzo.”
Parents and students have held a number of protests since Feijóo's decision was announced, saying it couldn't have come at a worse time, with the football team battling for state title amid an undefeated season.
The back-and-forth has captured the attention of retired New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, who tweeted, "Coach DiRienzo is so important to his team and students! Let common sense prevail here."
The school board says it is their obligation to investigate.