September 2008

Second Graders at Trinity Have a Long Wait Until Lunch

September 16, 2008 - 02:26

Second graders at Trinity Elementary School have to wait until 1:00 PM before they can eat lunch. This is extremely late time for 6 and 7 year olds to eat lunch regardless of the time they have a snack. It takes Trinity 2 full hours to feed their approximately 867 children. This points to a serious overcrowding situation. We suspect that the reason they eat lunch at such a late time is due to lunchroom limitations.

County Health Inspectors Flunk New Rochelle Schools for Health Code Violations and Insect Infestations

September 10, 2008 - 01:27

Talk about burying the lede...

The Journal News reports:

The Journal News examined school kitchen inspection reports for 2006 and 2007 and found that health inspectors gave two city elementary schools 'unacceptable' designations in 2007. Health inspectors also cited Jefferson Elementary School's kitchen last year for an ant infestation.

Any chance the Journal News is going to tell us more? Which schools got cited? Anyone surprised that Jefferson School was mentioned?

Safety Violations at Trinity Elementary School

September 08, 2008 - 02:22

The images included in this post are clear safety violations at Trinity Elementary School. The images were sent to us by one of our readers from Trinity. The pictures were taken on Friday, September 5, 2008, school day number 3. We also understand that the Superintendent of Schools already had an opportunity to tour the school. How could he have missed this?

The first image shows one of four electrical outlets in a classroom with exposed wires within reach of the students. The classroom is currently being used to teach children. The classroom, we understand is located on the second floor. The second image is one of a window grate being secured by a wire. It has been reported that "it's not the only window like that." Neither of these situations seem safe. Nevertheless, the City School District of New Rochelle has deemed it appropriate to have children in these classrooms.

New Rochelle Fails to Inform Parents of Transportation/School Bus Schedules

September 08, 2008 - 02:20

To continue with the tradition of not communicating with parents in a timely fashion on important matters that affect our school children’s safety, the City School District of New Rochelle has done it again. Here we are, three days into the new school year and many parents have yet to receive important information about their children’s transportation to and from school. Is it too much to ask to get important documents on time? And, why did some parents receive their children’s bus schedule information and bus passes, while many other parents have had to go through hoops and loops to get any information at all about this?

Pew Report on Our Nation's Public Schools

September 05, 2008 - 01:40

Press Release
August 26, 2008
For Immediate Release

Mary Seaborn
[email protected]
Brandon Maitlen
[email protected]


WASHINGTON - The number of Hispanic students in the nation's public schools nearly doubled from 1990 to 2006, accounting for 60% of the total growth in public school enrollments over that period. Presently, 10 million Hispanic students attend the nation's public schools, 20% of all public school students.

In 2006 Hispanics were about half of all public school students in California, up from 36% in 1990. They were more than 40% of enrollments in three additional states (Arizona, New Mexico and Texas) and between 20% and 40% of all public school students in five states (Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, Florida and New York). Overall, Hispanics are the largest minority group in the public schools in 22 states.

Cousins Cigars Announces Exciting September 2008 Events

September 04, 2008 - 20:42

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2 Cigar minimum purchase

September 12th, 2008
Friday 6pm - 9pm
Cognac tasting at Cousins Cigars
2 Cigar Minimum purchase

September 18th, 2008
Thursday 4pm - 8pm
Oliva Cigars will be at Cousins Cigars
SPECIAL: Buy 3 Oliva Cigars, get the 4th free

September 26th, 2008
Friday 6pm - 9pm
Drew Estates Cigars at Cousins Cigars
Buy 3 Drew Estates Cigars and get 4th free


Lying Under Oath Means Jail Time

September 04, 2008 - 18:44

It's Detroit not New Rochelle but school officials, administrators and personnel locally would do well to heed the lesson from the Kilpatrick case, a lesson which goes back to the days of Watergate, "it's not the crime that gets you, it's the coverup".

In a courtroom this morning, [Detroit Major Kawme] Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obstructing justice by committing perjury.

ACLU Slams Schools Asking Parents About Immigration Status

September 04, 2008 - 15:41

CBS News Radio 88:

The American Civil Liberties Union says at least one-fifth of New Jersey's school districts are asking students their immigration status as they register for school. The ACLU says it violates state and federal law to ask [...]

A state Education Department spokeswoman says that schools that violate the law could face punitive action in the future, including losing state aid."

City School District Creates New Position- School Community Facilitator

September 03, 2008 - 22:15

The above referenced position was removed from the City School District of New Rochelle site. A source has communicated to us that the position is under revision.

Several days later the position was re-posted.

Repost Sun, 09/07/2008 - 18:31:

The New Revised Position Description.

This is what the School Community Facilitator Position posting looks like know. A move we believe is a transparent attempt to give the District political cover for the criticism coming from this blog. Rather than to actually deal with the issues, rather than to acknowledge the issues, they deny the issues then turn around and attempt to quietly hire someone to fill a position to create the appearance of dealing with the issue.