New Rochelle Schools Buildings & Grounds Supervisor James Bonanno last month ordered three school district employees to report to work at a house owned by his girlfriend in upstate New York over a period of several days as part of an ongoing renovation of the property, sources say. The house, owned by Bonanno's girlfriend, Heidi Reyes, is located at in Cornwall, NY near West Point, in Orange County.
New Rochelle Schools spokesperson Paul Costigliano declined to comment on the matter.
According to Orange County property records for 30 Hampton Place in Cornwall, NY, the house was built in 1997. It was purchased from the original owner, Reiger Homes, Inc. in 2004 by Ricardo Reyes who then sold the land and house to Heidi Reyes for $1.00. The estimated market value of the property in 2010 was $426,900.Read more
Since mid-May, Anthony Bongo has been telling people he "graduated" from Teachers College at Columbia University. The Isaac E. Young web site was edited to insert the title "Dr." before mentions of his name, even for letters and memos written and published before he "graduated".
A week after Bongo "graduated", we corrected the record: Isaac E. Young Principal Anthony Bongo Hooded at Columbia University Ceremony; Claims "Doctor" Title PrematurelyRead more
Albert Leonard Middle School - An assault occurred near the school, at the corner of Pinebrook and Albert Leonard Road, on June 9th. Arrested were Kim Hinds, 44, a Mount Vernon resident and an unnamed female, 17, from New Rochelle. Hinds is charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use it while a 17-year-old female from New Rochelle is charged with criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use it and assault with intent to cause physical injury.
Isaac E. Young Middle School - An arrest made on June 13. Kevin M. Hopper,22, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. at Isaac E. Young Middle School. He is charged with menacing with a weapon.
Albert Leonard Middle School - A middle school student was suspended after bringing an air pistol to school. No arrests were made and the school was not put on lock down.Read more
Last Thursday a student at Trinity Elementary School in New Rochelle, NY was brutally assaulted by another student on the school playground during recess. Covered in blood, the boy was taken by his mother to Lawrence Hospital in
YonkersBronxville, NY where he was treated for six hours before being released with a broken blood vessel in his nose and two permanent teeth knocked loose. The family says the boy may require ENT surgery, plastic surgery and dental work.
The assailant, another 4th grader, was later arrested and referred to New Rochelle Family Court. His name was withheld due to his age.Read more
Driving by the Isaac E. Young Middle School the other day I noticed two men meticulously scraping paint on the wrought-iron fence which surrounds the campus. I was amazed to see that each man was using what appeared to be a 2 1/2 blade paint scraper.
Having done a fair share of this sort of work myself, I know that there are a wide range of power tools to remove paint. With the proper tools, prepping the fence to be painted is maybe two days work for two guys. Using a small scraper would turn the job into month long project. Maybe that's the point. The question is...why?
See also, Sisyphus.
New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak will get a contract extension on his current contract
, sources say. Organisciak is currently entering the last year of his second three-year contract with the district. The resolution will be made public at the June 28th Board of Education meeting.
UPDATE: It was pointed out to me shortly after this was published that the New Rochelle Board of Education, without prior notice and without any public discussion and without inviting any public comment approved a resolution to extend Organisciak's contract until 2014.
RESOLUTION: No. 11-347-9
REAPPOINTMENT - SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
Talk of the Sound has learned that as of June 7, 2011, just 310 of 862 students in the 2011 cohort at New Rochelle High School have met criteria for the high school's new "certified" graduation. The New Rochelle High School graduation will take place on June 22nd.
Throughout the school year, New Rochelle High School Principal Don Conetta has been presenting projections on students who "will graduate", who "won't graduate" and "may graduate". Conetta used these projections to assert three months ago that 546 of the 862 students in the class of 2011 are "likely to graduate". At this point, 310 students have meet criteria either because they already had enough credits going into the last quarter of the school year or they completed the night school program which ended last Thursday.Read more
The remarks below were prompted by my continuing dismay with school board elections, especially this year.
Board of Education Unfair Election Practices Presented to the New Rochelle Board of Education on June 7, 2011.
Under New York State law, the local of Board of Education administers elections for school board and budget referendums. The Board of Education has a rooting interest in the outcome of these elections; they want compliant board members who will support administration policy and go along with budget increases and tax increases and they want a "yes" vote on budget/tax levy referendums. There is a glaring and obvious conflict of interest.
The school board controls a massive amount of tax money and this responsibility should not be taken lightly. The board should certainly not be put in a position where they may be tempted to put their finger on the scale, so to speak, in an attempt to alter election outcomes.
The only viable solution is to place school elections under the supervision of the local County Board of Elections so that it can be managed by parties with a direct stake in the outcome.Read more