Jefferson, NRHS Students Create Mural
A new mural hangs outside the art room at the Jefferson Elementary School, created by fifth-grade Jefferson students and members of the New Rochelle High School National Art Honor Society.
Dr. Brian Osborne, an educational leader in the New York-New Jersey region, became Superintendent of the City School District of New Rochelle in July 2014. A believer in quality education for all, he worked in partnership with the Board of Education and leaders across the district to design a Strategic Roadmap for this diverse district of 10 schools and 11,000 students that was adopted by the Board of Education.
Dr. Osborne has devoted more than 25 years to education as a teacher and administrator, including key positions in the New York City Department of Education, the nation’s largest school system.
Before coming to New Rochelle, Dr. Osborne led the South Orange-Maplewood School District in Maplewood, New Jersey for over seven years. In that district, which also boasts a diverse population, he significantly improved student outcomes while narrowing the achievement gap on state assessments. He created an environment that encouraged more students to take higher-level courses and saw more graduates continue on to college. His top priority there was to restructure the budget to devote more resources directly to classroom instruction and learning.
Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Osborne began his career in 1991 as a bilingual Spanish teacher in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Four years later, he co-founded a public school in the Bronx, the New School for Arts and Sciences.
His leadership skills were honed in administrative positions in the Plainfield, New Jersey schools and later in the New York City public school system, which serves 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 schools. In New York, he served as Chief of Staff, Teaching and Learning and as Director of Instructional Technology. While there, he spearheaded a program that provided a laptop computer to every student in 20 middle schools – more than 1,500 classrooms.
Dr. Osborne holds a doctorate and master's degree in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a master's degree in mathematics from New York University. He and his wife, Karen, live in Weehawken, New Jersey, where they are raising two daughters.
We hope you’ve had a wonderful and relaxing summer!
We extend a big welcome to our students, faculty and staff for the 2017-2018 school year. The City School District of New Rochelle takes pride in its reputation for academic excellence, and we look forward to giving the child in your life the necessary tools to be successful in school, and prepared for college and a career.
The last school year was filled with student and teacher successes in academics, sports, arts, science and technology. The high school film program was designated the New York State English Program of Excellence, the high school music program swept awards at Orlandofest, and the high school swim team achieved All-American status. Principal Reggie Richardson was named one of the top principals in New York State by ESSA, a professional organization representing public school administrators and supervisors.
We have been working hard over these last few months to have everything in place for the first day of school. During the summer, the district began Phase II of its $106.5 million capital improvement bond construction projects. This work includes roof repairs and other upgrades to buildings. Students can also expect to see new playground equipment in the fall at five elementary schools: Barnard, Webster, Trinity, Columbus and Jefferson.
Over the summer, the district welcomed several accomplished administrators and teachers. Among them is Amy Goodman, who will serve as the interim Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services.
The district’s mission is to provide a high-quality education for every child in a safe, nurturing environment that embraces our rich diversity and drives success through a partnership between the community, parents, staff and students. We encourage you to be an active partner in your child’s education and we welcome your daily involvement. We look forward to great things happening in our schools this year.
Brian G. Osborne, Ed. D,
Superintendent of Schools