The New Rochelle School District announced on Thursday five new administrative appointments, chief among them being Velma Whiteside, who was named principal of Albert Leonard Middle School. Whiteside had spent the past 13 years as assistant principal at the school. Prior to that she was an assistant principal and dean at Mount Vernon High School. Whiteside replaces William Evans, who is retiring having served as principal since 1996.
Of the four other appointments, the one naming Leann Bruno, a former reading teacher, assistant principal at Jefferson Elementary School is the most eye-catching. That was the position Jose Martinez held until he abruptly resigned in March. Martinez was accused of having sexual relations with a then-14-year-old male student in 2010, when he was a dean at Isaac E. Young Middle School. Last week he pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sex act.
Martinez’s position had been filled on an interim basis by Joe Jordano.
Elsewhere in the district, Kimberly Peluso was named assistant principal at Ward Elementary School; Rodney Arthur was appointed assistant principal of Albert Leonard Middle School; and Reza Kolahifar was made assistant to the superintendent for human resources.