NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- New Rochelle's Project SEARCH, a job readiness program for students with developmental challenges, achieved highest honors at the national organization's annual conference in Savannah, Georgia last week. The New Rochelle chapter - Montefiore New Rochelle Project SEARCH - was lauded for reaching a 100 percent success rate with its 2016-2017 class, placing all eight participants in long-term employment.
"We were thrilled to accept the award this year and look forward to achieving more goals in the near future," said project instructor Kathy Barbara.
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Here are some highlights from the Board of Education meeting last Tuesday:
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- In a summer science class, as soon-to-be sixth-graders created towers of straws, cardboard and pins, student Alexandra Fernandes invented one innovative way to keep a ping-pong ball from bouncing out of the container on the top. She folded the flexible sections of straws into a protective roof for the ball. That would be key when her team's tower took its turn on the earthquake machine to see how much shaking it could stand.
That was just one way that the 40 students found to ensure that the small, loosely placed sphere stayed in place.
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The New Rochelle Board of Education is establishing two new advisory committees and is looking for volunteers to serve on them.
The Climate and Culture Committee, chaired by board member Lianne Merchant, will review the recommendations from the Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth as well as the safety and security assessment conducted by the global firm Guidepost Solutions.
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- James Vincent “Little Jimmy” Bonanno, 36, a custodian at Webster Elementary School in New Rochelle was arrested earlier this week by New Rochelle Police after he was reportedly found passed out in a vehicle with a hypodermic needle stuck in his arm.
Bonanno, wearing a black t-shirt and checkered shorts, was arrested by an NRPD Officer on traffic duty at 867 Weaver Street, Bonanno’s home address.
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- F.U.S.E., the local union representing New Rochelle District employees is still sorting out how to respond to the Supreme Court’s Janus decision.
Members of the Federation of United School Employees, the NYSUT-AFT Local 280 in New Rochelle will receive “guidance” from union officials in September on how they may withdraw from the union. For almost all of those members the guidance will come too late for the current 2018-19 school year as members typically sign an enrollment card that states they can only withdraw from F.U.S.E. in the month of August.
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Tyler Davidson, 38, of New Rochelle was sentenced Tuesday by Acting Supreme Court Judge Susan Cacace to ten years probation for promoting and possessing images of child sexual exploitation. At the time of his arrest in March, Davidson was a special education teacher at Lewis and Clark High School in the Bronx. Davidson has been ordered to surrender his teaching license.
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn, the science coordinator for Columbus Elementary School in the City School District of New Rochelle, has been named editor of Science and Children, a national award-winning peer-reviewed practitioners’ journal from the National Science Teachers Association with an audience of preK–5 science educators.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, this evening released the following statement:
“Pat and I join in the heartbreak of Americans across the country tonight learning of the loss of John McCain. History will record Senator McCain as one of the great Americans of the 20th and 21st centuries. His legacy is one of dignity, integrity, and tireless service to the country he loved.