The final New Rochelle Board of Education meeting of the school year was an evening of accolades and honors.
In the Board room in the City School District of New Rochelle offices, the Board members passed resolutions:
• Commending the Columbus Elementary School Chess Team as national champions for the six awards they won in the U.S. Chess Federation's National Elementary Championship in Nashville last May. The awards included first place in the K-6 Under 1000 section.
• Honoring New Rochelle High School wrestler Jake Logan, whose stunning record includes not allowing himself to be taken down by a single opponent during an 80-victory, no-defeats run over the past two years. (The resolution also commended NRHS wrestling Head Coach Eddie Ortiz and Assistant Coach Ryan Velez.)
• Celebrating the tenures of two colleagues who are leaving the board - President Jeffrey Hastie and Dr. Salvador A. Fernandez. Hastie has served two five-year terms on the Board; Dr. Fernandez has served one term.
• Thanking Interim Assistant Superintendent Amy Goodman for her service over the past two years, and Interim Assistant Superintendent for Business and Administration Thomas Ryan for helping usher the District through the recent budget season. They will complete their terms with the District on June 30.
President Hastie and Dr. Fernandez thanked the community and Board colleagues for their support of the District and the students over the years. They talked about improvements made in equity, transparency, accountability, communications and fiscal responsibility.
"Thank you for giving me the honor to serve you," Hastie said. "It has been my sincere pleasure."
Dr. Fernandez said to his colleagues, "Thank you for your inspiration, feedback and willingness to share your concerns."