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For this article, I’m going to move away from story telling and get right to the point. Here are my preliminary findings from reviewing the budget history and the audited financial statements of the school district.
It appears the Board of Education is making staffing and programming decisions without critical financial information that they need. One would think that if there was any single item in the budget that should be accurate, it would be the Superintendent’s salary. But even that appears to be off, as you will see below. I believe that many of the staffing cuts planned for the upcoming school year are not necessary, and I encourage the Board to bring in an outside party to perform a forensic accounting analysis of the school’s financial position and produce a plain language report that is easily understandable for the layperson.
My earlier findings that the Administration’s budget projections were too high appear to be correct. From 2006 through 2010 it appears that the school system generated a “profit” of almost $16 million by spending less than it was allocated.
The long sought after meeting of the New Rochelle City Council and the Concerned Citizens Redistricting Committee was finally held on April 26. The Republicans also presented their plan. Both plans drew criticism from some Democrats on Council.
Mark McLean, Chairman of the New Rochelle Concerned Citizens Redistricting Committee, reminded everyone that Ronald Williams, President of the NAACP, wanted this independent Citizens Committee on redistricting to
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New Rochelle resident Lance Corporal Robert W. Parente, a marine attached to 1st Battalion 12th Marines out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, departed recently for a seven-month deplayment to Afghanistan. 1/12 will provide artillery fire support to 2nd Marine Division during ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the Helmand Province.
Friday is a very special edition of Talk of the Sound radio, we will be talking to some of the candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring for the two open seats on the New Rochelle School Board.
All candidates were asked to take part and we hope they will be eager to participate in the only live forum of the campaign to be broadcast via radio waves.
Matthew Pryce & Bob Marrone will host and moderate the candidates forum, which will be an open discussion of the candidate's platforms and campaign promises, frank talk about the issues facing the NR School Board and everything in between.
This is a huge election with enormous ramifications and most importantly: your vote counts. Thus, you should make an effort to be as aware as possible to cast your ballot for the candidate who best represents your (or your children's) particular needs.
If you have any specific issues or questions that you would like brought to light and/or posed to a specific candidate (or the collective), please post your thoughts in a comment.