Reassigned New Rochelle football coach has closed-door meeting with district and union officialsPosted: Updated:
A beloved New Rochelle football coach who was reassigned by the superintendent after accusations of violating a school policy was in closed-door meetings Monday with district and union officials.
New Rochelle Superintendent Laura Feijóo left the district office Monday while meetings over Coach Lou DiRienzo were still going on.
School district representatives and union officials scurried back and forth between conference rooms inside City Hall with "Coach D" in tow.
The meeting comes after the coach was accused of breaking school protocol. The school board won't release the details, but DiRienzo's family says he helped a sick student at school leave with her parent instead of going through the proper channels. The student is his relative.
Many in the community are saying Feijoo is just flexing her muscles - only weeks into her new job.
Nine residents filed a lawsuit against the school district Monday. Their attorney, Richard St. Paul, says the board violated its own policy when they hired Feijoo without a citizen advisory board.
"They decided to hold a 'town hall meeting' to get public input. That's not their policy. So, this is a very simple lawsuit to undo what they did, which is to vacate the appointment of this current superintendent," says St. Paul.
One of the leaders of the Football Parents Association said over the phone that the current investigation is putting stress on students and isn't fair.
The football team has now played and won two playoff games without DiRienzo on the sidelines, with the state championship game coming up on Sunday against McQuaid Jesuit at Syracuse University.
Feijóo released a statement saying in part, "the board needs time to deliberate on today's meeting and determine appropriate next steps...we will continue to support and cheer for the Huguenots as they continue their quest for a state championship."