Last night the Board of Education discussed a modified version of a proposed resolution prepared by the New York State School Board Association which serves to express opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2% tax cap. Basically, the Board of Education is taking the position that a tax cap absent a deal to reform the cost drivers at the local level -- unfunded mandates, pension contributions and collective bargaining -- will wreak havoc on the school district. Board of Education President Sara Richmond states that the SBA resolution was modified to address some local concerns without explaining what she meant. She is certainly write that a tax cap alone would destroy the local school district and the local government.Read more
As predicted more than a year by Talk of the Sound, New Rochelle has no events planned to mark January 24, 2011, the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Court's landmark decision in Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education in which Judge Irving Kaufman found that the New Rochelle Board of Education has engaged in "de facto" racial segregation and ordered the desegregation of the Lincoln Elementary School in New Rochelle, NY.
Why are we not surprised?Read more
Talk of the Sound recently filed a FOIL request for all of the documents on file with the New Rochelle Municipal Civil Service Commission for Rolf Kohler to include all communications between the City School District of New Rochelle and the New Rochelle Municipal Civil Service Commission; and between the New York State Civil Service Commission and the New Rochelle Municipal Civil Service Commission regarding Rolf Koehler.
The City's replies to the records request are in bold letters.
1. Request from the City School District of New Rochelle made in 2009 for there to be a Civil Service Safety/Security Exam and a job description for the position. This would be for what became the posting and exam for School Security Specialist held in February 2010
There is no documentation or record available.
2. Request from the City School District of New Rochelle to amend the job description for School Security Specialist related to the February 2010 Civil Service Safety/Security Exam.
There is no documentation or record available.
3. A denial of this request by the New Rochelle Municipal Civil Service Commission.
On behalf of the Board of Education of the City School District of New Rochelle, I am pleased to invite you to join us at a series of budget discussions with members of the Board and the School District’s Central Administration.
The initial School Budget Community Input Forum will focus on community input regarding the development of the school district’s 2011-2012 annual budget and the financing of the instructional program we offer to children. We are actively seeking your participation in our budget process and we want to help you become as informed as possible.
For your information, the 2/10/2011 School Budget Community Input Forum and the 3/2/2011 School Budget Review Session will be broadcast live on Cablevision (Channel 77 or 99-917 for digital subscribers), Verizon (Channel 30) and on our website. The link will be posted on www.nred.org closer to the date of the first Budget Forum. Please visit our website for updated information.
School Budget Community Input Forum:Read more
After having first raised the issue in 2008 and raised it ever since, Talk of the Sound is happy to report the Board of Education is now hosting videos of past board meetings online. While there has been now official announcement, Paul Costiglio, the Communications & Media Specialist for the City School District of New Rochelle emailed today in response to my question why New Rochelle High School sports videos were available online but not Board of Education meetings.
I wanted to let you know that your assertion from last week that BOE meetings are not viewable on our website is inaccurate. They have been on the District site for a while and the list now includes the meetings dating back to late November.
Simply click on Videos at the bottom of the heading District Resources on the homepage. Then click on Board of Education Meeting Videos and that will take you to the list of videos able to be viewed.
Board of Education Meeting 1/4/11
Talk of the Sound has determined that the licensing fee for the The New York Times copyrighted material published by the City School District of New Rochelle in a recent newsletter from the Athletic Department includes $437 for electronic use and $380 for print use - a total of $817.00.
The material, an article on weight training by Jane Brody published in The Times on December 13th, was lifted without attribution by Dr. John Magnotta, the Athletic Director for the City School District of New Rochelle who sought to pass the work off as his own.
A price quote from The New York Times requested by Talk of the Sound requires that the District first show how the content will be used, obtain a license from The New York Times and pay the associated fees for electronic and print use.
Please be advised, the reuse of the copyright material will incur a fee for the proper permission license. Your rate is as follows.