May 2009

Grenade? What the hell is going on at Isaac E. "Nam" Middle School?

May 19, 2009 - 01:53

grenade.jpgApparently, an "empty grenade" was found at Isaac E. Young Middle School News 12 reported today. Things may be getting rough over there. Or maybe it was show and tell.

Seriously, this is exactly the kind of thing Talk of the Sound has been communicating all along. Things have just spun out of control in our schools in New Rochelle. Isaac is the worst example of this. There is really no logical explanation for finding a grenade in or around a school building, live or inert. This may be the straw that broke the camel's back when it comes "isolated incidents." This may be the single most important wake up call the Citizens of New Rochelle need to give a vote of NO confidence to the leadership of the City School District of New Rochelle tomorrow May 19th, 2009.

A School Board Meeting with Eleven Pe...

May 19, 2009 - 01:04

A School Board Meeting with Eleven People Present   by Peggy Godfrey  (Westchester Herald, May 21)


     With wide differences of opinion, the five candidates for the school board debated their positions on the school budget, contract negotiations, mandated services and a host of other issues.  The New Rochelle Board of Education candidates were featured at a League of Women Voters meeting on May 11.

     Deirdre Polow, a school counselor who is the sole incumbent school board member, was the first speaker and spoke of her "passion" for preserving the excellence of the New Rochelle school system.  She emphasized that this was the lowest school budget in the last 12 years and that 70% of it was for salaries.  The Board is pursuing sharing services such as garbage collection with the city to lower overtime costs. 

     A retired teacher, Kenneth Chorzewski, said because of mandates he would not lower the budget at this time.  One cost saving he advocated was to convince principals they should be able to "roll over' unspent money to the next school year's budget.  He made particular note of two groups of people: those who have children in the school district and those who don't, and they look at the budgets differently.

In particular, he made a comparison between the Superintendent of Schools

Pasta Mondays..all you can eat on Bella Bellas

May 18, 2009 - 23:28

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School District Flunks Economics 101: As Housing Market Went South, District Kept "Spending Pedal" to the Metal

May 18, 2009 - 17:52


Click chart to enlarge image.

The School District of New Rochelle has embarked on a 7 year spending binge that has produced a 2009/2010 budget that is $30mn to $40mn above spending levels consistent with the rate of inflation. The District based its supersized spending increases on larger then normal gains in housing prices. When the housing market began to turn in 2006/2007, the District failed to make any meaningful downward adjustments in spending. The failure to anticipate this shift in the housing market will have negative implications for years to come.


Join Us All- Because it Doesn't End With May 19th

May 18, 2009 - 17:06

You've seen the comments and facts about how the board twists things. I've been advocating to get rid of the status quo(Polow AND Hastie) and no to the budget to allow proper/legal oversight of a system gone awry. There is nothing personal abouit this. To borrow from the Board itself, this IS about the children. Imagine if all the waste is gone and how much more we can contribute to the kids. May 19th is a hurdle to be sure, but it is just the first step in truly improving things both for the children and the families of this city. THAT is what this is all about. We stand ready to make the most significant change to policy to this system in 50 years and it is for the better. The president of the united states sees the need to rethink things and that can be applied here. Our president, indeed the nation, would be proud to see citizenry in action, taking responsibility for ourselves. Show the nation how a city took control of itself when things were down. There will be much work to be done after the budget is defeated. We will need everyones help to carry on the service that our children need and that comes in any way you can think of. They are OUR children, it is OUR school district and it is OUR city.
Show them you care, by joining us.
Vote NO on May 19th
Vote YES for Vince Malfitano
Vote FOR the children !
Polow must go-on the budget vote no

Why New Rochelle Needs a "No" Vote on the School Budget and a "Yes" on Vincent Malfetano

May 18, 2009 - 16:44

Perpetrators, collaborators, bystanders, victims: we can be clear about three of these categories. The bystander, however, is the fulcrum. If there are enough notable exceptions, then protest reaches a critical mass. We don’t usually think of history as being shaped by silence, but, as English philosopher Edmund Burke said, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’

May 19th and the School Board/Budget vote is upon us. The time has come for good men (and women) to do something.

That this web site turns bystanders into notable exceptions is what frightens the people who are running the New Rochelle School District. They are extremely good at playing the game to either corrupt souls or induce acquiescence or simply silence the many good, honest, decent people who work for the school district.

But this is not a game. They are playing with people's lives, their livelihoods, their careers not to mention the future of our children and many millions of the people's money.

In their desperate desire to maintain control these people have lost their moral compass -- if they ever had one -- living in a world of moral relativism where the ends justify the means and the ends are all the same-to keep power.

May 19th is coming: Time to SUCK IT UP!

May 18, 2009 - 14:45

Truth in advertising from supporters of Polow, Hastie and the District's $229 mm boondoggle budget.

Over the past two months self-centered New Rochelle residents have appeared before the school board to tell sob stories about losing their jobs and the rise in home foreclosures. Week after week, members of the school board have had to sit and listen to octogenarians on fixed incomes cry poor, property owners whine about their property taxes, and long-time residents drone on and on about returning to some mythical golden age. Enough already!

Click to read: SUCK IT UP.pdf

Be sure to print up copies and distribute them to your friends and neighbors.

New Rochelle School Budget - It's All in How You Spin It.

May 18, 2009 - 06:36

I'm glad the district printed up so many leaflets with reasons to vote for the budget. My parrot loves to read fiction. I can understand they ARE trying to sell something, so , put the best spin possible on it. That doesn't mean it's true. How many sales pitches are really just stretching the truth or playing word games? Buzzwords like "new and improved" or "free" or "order now and get two for the price of one". It's all just hype. Now don't get me wrong, I want to support Ms Polow in the manner to which she is accustomed to (and now we apparently have the child support for young Jeffrey) but I just haven't been convinced. I do have a few, ahem, questions about some bulletpoints provided. I read in one that the alternative to approving the budget would be the state contingency. If the first vote fails, and the district chooses to go directly to the state contingency as opposed to a re-vote, that means the DISTRICT chose the state option, not the voter. Right? We have an amazing college acceptance rate of 94 to 95 %. I was wondering, how many of the senior class actually apply for college? How many drop out or barely pass senior year ? They keep touting full day kindergarten, right? What does that have to do with this years budget? The state is all but forcing them to convert, and, paying the bill. We don't have to start paying for it till next year.