John Quinn, the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Business and Administration for the City School District of New Rochelle presented the 2012-13 preliminary school budget.Read more
Next week is Sunshine Week and so a good time to remind readers about two of the most important laws in New York State: The Open Meeting Law and the Freedom of Information Law.
When the American colonies proclaimed their desire (and right) to separate from England in 1776, they listed among their grievances against King George III, his abuse of public meetings and public records:Read more
Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak announced significant spending reductions and job cuts in the 2012-13 school budget which will be made public Thursday at the first in a series of Budget Review meetings to be held at New Rochelle High School.
Organisciak did not give a specific number but said the budget would increase by 1.09%. Total spending described in the 2011-12 budget was about $229.5 million last year implying that this year's budget will be about $232 million. The tax levy, capped at 2% with an exception for certain costs such as pension obligations and voter-approved capital costs, will go up 4.05%, according to Organisciak.
Organisciak again described what the district calls a "maintenance budget", a made up term which means the size of a new budget based on automatic increases, such as contractual salary increases, carried forward from the previous year. Organisciak said the 2012-13 budget increase of $2.5 million amounted to a $5 million reduction.Read more
The school board will meet tonight. Here is their agenda and below (after the jump) some commentary on a few of the most interesting resolutions.
Board of Education Committee of the Whole Session
Tuesday Evening February 28, 2012
Daniel Webster Elementary School, Auditorium
95 Glenmore Drive, New Rochelle, New York
Seeing Is Believing – See For Yourself
6:00 P.M. Committee of the Whole Session…[Executive session]
Members of the Board of Education anticipate making a motion to go immediately into Executive Session to discuss legal matters.
At approximately 7:00 p.m., the Board anticipates making a motion to reconvene the public session of the meeting.
7:00 P.M. Committee of the Whole Session [Public session]
I. Board of Education Announcements
II. General Election Districts
III. Voting Machine Status
IV. Superintendent's Report
Student Presentation: Van Gogh’s Cat
2011-2012 Goals and Objectives:
Joseph Williams, Principal, Daniel Webster Elementary School
V. Review of Draft Resolutions
VI. Board/Community Informal Discussion
After years of trying, the New Rochelle Board of Education has once again failed to identify a single person with a security background to take the six-figure position of Director of Security for the New Rochelle Public Schools.
The board tonight will consider Draft Resolution No. 12-243 to authorize Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak to submit a waiver request for Bruce Daniele to the New York State Civil Service Commission Pursuant To Retirement And Social Security Law Section 211.
According to the resolution, joint recruitment efforts by the School District and the City of New Rochelle Civil Service Commission have failed to produce any other qualified candidates who are not also retirees who would require waivers pursuant to §211.Read more
In October 2009, Talk of the Sound asked Why Doesn't the New Rochelle School District Enable IMAP Email?
Back then we described IMAP as a simple, free way to improve communications in the district by giving staff the option to use their personal mobile devices to send and received district emails. These devices have proliferated and many district employees have expressed interest in having the option to use their iPhones, Android phones or iPads to check district email.
Even though the the District has long ago licensed software with a built-in email capability which will allow any employee with a smart phone who wishes to send and receive email wherever and whenever they choose, the Director of IT Christine Coleman, has, so far, refused to check the settings box in Novell Groupwise that will enable this feature.
Gary Stern has a good primer on how local school districts are dealing with Cuomo's tax levy cap: School districts struggle to explain tax cap.
The first thing that school districts want their communities to understand about the state’s new tax cap is that it isn’t really a tax cap. What it does is limit how much a district’s tax levy can go up. That’s the total amount a district raises in taxes. But the cap does not limit how much property-tax bills — what you pay — may go up.
Exempt from the tax-levy cap are expenses such as pension costs and voter-approved capital costs.Read more
The New Rochelle Board of Education has begun to implement the law originally drafted by New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin by publishing documents presented during meetings on the district's web site.
Paul Costiglio, spokesman for the district, tells Talk of the Sound the intent is to publish all the documents they get before the meeting in advance and then add additional documents as they get them.
The law went into effect on February 1, 2012.
The first New Rochelle Board of Education meeting under the new policy was held February 7, 2012.
Residents can now access all of the draft resolutions reviewed at board meetings as well as presentations and reports made by staff. There was a presentation by Dr. Rhonda Jones during the meeting. Costiglio says he will add that document shortly.Read more