Parents, teachers take to City Hall to protest reassigning of New Rochelle football coachPosted: Updated:
On the steps of City Hall Friday, teachers and parents voiced their disapproval of the district's decision to reassign New Rochelle High School football coach Louis DiRienzo.
The protest was organized by the Federation of United School Employees (FUSE), which represents thousands of teachers in the school district. The union firmly displayed opposition to the way the district reassigned the man also known as Coach D, as well as a teacher at Isaac Young Middle School.
"The district has reassigned personnel when they have investigations into those kind of questions, but they never public shamed them," says FUSE President Martin Daily.
DiRienzo is under investigation for apparently violating school policy, but the district won't detail exactly what happened. Teachers feel the teachers are being denied their due process.
"I feel it's a travesty, it's utter disrespect and disregard to our rights, it devalues us as teachers," says Issac Young Middle School teacher Filomena Daniele.
Some parents and teachers are calling on Dr. Laura Feijoo, who is just two weeks into her new position as the district's superintendent, to step down.
Friday morning, students at New Rochelle High School showed their displeasure with a class walkout in support of DiRienzo, who has led the team to two state championships.
Tomorrow, the school's football team will be in Mahopac for a playoff game, but the team's assistant coaches will lead the way.
In a statement in regards to the protest, Dr. Feijoo says she was glad the students conducted themselves in a respectable fashion, but, "The school will follow the regulations for addressing any unexcused absences, as prescribed by the Code of Conduct."