Several weeks ago, on June 28th, Talk of the Sound reported on the latest example of how public officials in New Rochelle manipulate the municipal civil service commission to cut deals and reward members of the “friends and family” network.
To get caught up and fully follow this story open up the previous story in a new window/tab in your browser by clicking this link: How Municipal Corruption Works in New Rochelle: A Case Study from the New Rochelle Board of Education’s Painter-Working Foreman PositionRead more
Dr. Velma Whiteside has been appointed to the position of Principal of Albert Leonard Middle School effective as of July 1, 2011. Dr. Whiteside has served Albert Leonard for the past 13 years as Assistant Principal. Previously, Dr. Whiteside was Assistant Principal and Dean at Mount Vernon High School from 1996-1998. Dr. Whiteside succeeds William Evans, who is retiring from the Principal position he has held at Albert Leonard Middle School since 1996.
Leann Bruno, formerly a Reading teacher and Literacy Specialist in the New Rochelle District, was appointed to become the Assistant Principal at Jefferson Elementary School, replacing interim Assistant Principal Joe Jordano.
Kimberly Peluso, who has been Administrative Assistant at Trinity Elementary School for the past two years, will be appointed to fill the post of Assistant Principal at Ward Elementary School, stepping into the position vacated by John Fogliano, who is retiring after serving as Assistant Principal for 25 years. Before coming to New Rochelle, Ms. Peluso was an Assistant Principal with the New York City Board of Education.Read more
The Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association will hold a program and reception on the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum lawn, on Sunday August 7, 2011 at 2PM, to commemorate the contributions of our country’s great civil rights champion and to celebrate the landmark Taylor v. The Board of Education of the City School District of New Rochelle case that played a major role in our nation’s struggle to end school segregation over 50 years ago.
New Rochelle residents Sam and Joan Goldstein (ages 91 and 89) will provide personal reflections on the struggle. Linda Tarrant-Reid, an author, columnist, and co-chair of the "Reflections of Change: a 50-Year Retrospective of the Lincoln School Decision” program; will address the history and impact of this event that changed our world.
Music and song helped move hearts and minds to right thinking throughout the civil rights struggle. Following the speakers, audience members will be invited to participate in a guitar-accompanied sing-a-long featuring some of songs that activists popularized during this era.Read more
Anthony Newman, a glazier in the Buildings and Grounds Department of the City School District of New Rochelle, has been suspended for 30 days, with pay, pending a hearing on allegations that he sexually assaulted a female staffer working for the New Rochelle Board of Education at City Hall. Newman has been sexually harassing women working for the school district for years, sources say. The victim is a close relative of a senior government official in the New Rochelle City government.
Two weeks ago, Newman allegedly approached the victim and grabbed her breasts. This followed a previous incident where Newman engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with the victim and made sexually suggestive comments. Since the recent complaint, two other woman have come forward with additional complaints. Two letters have been submitted to Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak detailing the incident. There were two witnesses to the assault.
A phone message left at Newman's residence in Mount Vernon, NY was not returned.Read more
Jose Martinez made an unexpected court appearance today at the Westchester County Court in White Plains, NY to enter a guilty plea as to a course of sexual conduct against a child in the 2nd degree, a class D violent felony. Under the plea agreement, Martinez admitted he had anal and/or oral sexual contact with a then 14-year old male student at the Isaac E. Young Middle School.
Martinez was released on his own recognizance.
In exchange for admitting guilt and avoiding the necessity of the victim having to testify at a trial, Martinez received a "sentence promise" from Criminal Court Judge Susan Cacace that he will receive a six month sentence of "shock probation" which will amount to 119 days in jail or "time served", according to Tracey Everson, spokesperson for the Westchester County District Attorney. Martinez is otherwise facing 7 years in prison.Read more
At a time when New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak is making the absurd claim that 78% of the class of 2011 earned a diploma by the data of the June graduation, a massive increase over the past two cohorts in a year when the district increased the requirements to earn a diploma, the outrageous, far-reaching cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public School system holds many lessons for New Rochelle residents. The main one being if it sounds too good to be true, it isn't.
...investigators describe an enterprise where unethical — and potentially illegal — behavior pierced every level of the bureaucracy, allowing district staff to reap praise and sometimes bonuses by misleading the children, parents and community they served.
The New Rochelle Board of Education has been reorganized.
At their annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Chrisanne Petrone was elected President and Jeffrey Hastie was elected Vice President.
New board members Naomi Brickel and Rachel Relkin were sworn in.
Former board members Sara Richmond and Quay Watkins attend their last meeting as board members on June 28th.
Richmond was the President of the Board for the last two years. During her time on the board, Richmond played a lead role in increasing transparency for Board of Education meetings -- putting meetings on TV and the Internet, uploading Agenda documents to the web site, holding budget input sessions to invite the public to comment on draft budgets, recording all meetings using digital audio, and, this past year, offering live TV broadcasts of budget meetings.
Quay Watkins was previously Vice President of the Board.Read more
In May 2010, Talk of the Sound reported on the City of New Rochelle continuing to employ crossing guards during the lunchtime hours more than a year after the New Rochelle Board of Education went to full day kindergarten and eliminated the need to cross students at lunchtime.
New Rochelle schools have full day kindergarten across the entire city. There is no mid-day dismissal at all in New Rochelle. So, why do we still have 18 crossing guards working a two hour lunch shift? There are no children to cross.
During his budget press conference last December, Chuck Strome, responding to a question from Talk of the Sound, said the issue would be addressed in 2011 but was not specific. With the school year now ended, Talk of the Sound checked in with the City to determine the latest on this story.
In an update, City spokesperson Kathy Gilwit provided the following information:Read more