New York State Schools Chancellor John King made a short visit to New Rochelle today. Two programs were highlighted, one at Daniel Webster Elementary School and another at Columbus Elementary School.Read more
According to a statement issued by the New Rochelle Board of Education, former Trinity Assistant Principal Nadine Pacheco submitted her resignation on October 14th. The resignation was formally accepted by board on November 1st under Resolution 12-153-4. That same night there was a second resolution, No. 12-153-14 under which Pacheco was to be appointed a teacher at Trinity at a salary of $114,165, effective October 17th. That same resolution also contained an appointment to Interim Teacher for Nicole Mussolini. The resolution was tabled.
On November 3rd, after a Trinity PTA meeting met in an illegal "emergency executive session" and passed Resolution 12-153-4 appointing Nicole Mussolini as Interim Teacher. No such resolution was ever passed for Pacheco.Read more
Late into the night of November 3rd, six members of the New Rochelle Board of Education -- Chrisanne Petrone, Jeffrey Hastie, David Lacher, Valerie Orellana, Deidre Polow, and Rachel Relkin -- left a crowded room of angry parents at the Trinity Elementary School Auditorium went to the school's library, held what appears to have been an illegal meeting where they passed what appears to had been an illegal resolution in the hopes of restoring calm at the school. Board member Naomi Brickell had been present for the first hour of the PTA meeting but left due to a prior commitment.
That night well over 100 people, perhaps as many as 150, turned out for a Trinity PTA Meeting which was centered on two related topics: why a background check and certification was not done prior to hiring former Assistant Principal Nadine Pacheco and why Nicole Mussolini, a new teacher, was being removed from her classroom to make way for Pacheco.Read more
William Evans, former Principal at Albert Leonard Middle School, will be appointed acting Assistant Principal at Ward Elementary School tomorrow night by the New Rochelle Board of Education. Evans retired last spring.
Evans will be paid $830 a day for no more than 36 days to cover for Ward AP Kimberly Peluso from January 3, 2012 until March 16, 2012. She will be out on parental leave.
If you are wondering at that figure, $830 x 36 = $29,880. New York State retirees can earn up to $30,000 a year and still receive their full pension in that year. The amount was determined to pay Evans that maximum amount allowed. On an annualized basis that comes out to be $830 x 52 x 5 = $215,800 which is significantly more than Evans earned in his final year working full-time for the district.Read more
Despite the conviction less than two months ago of Jose Martinez on charges of child sex abuse, it's as if the repeated rape of a student in a school office never happened. It's business as usual for the New Rochelle Board of Education.
On November 29th, the New Rochelle Board of Education was asked to review Resolution 10-180-12, expected to be voted on at tomorrow's nights meeting, which will retroactively approve the "emergency" hiring of 9 individuals who began work 4-6 weeks ago without the required criminal background checks.
Further, under Resolution 12-180, the board will approve waiving for twenty more days the requirement under the New York State Department of Education S.A.V.E. Law that all school district employees submit to fingerprinting and pass a criminal background check prior to their employment by a public school district.Read more
In the 12 minute video above, Robert Cox addresses the New Rochelle Board of Education at their Meeting at Isaac E. Young Middle School on Nov. 29, 2011. Before Cox speaks, Board President Chrisanne Petrone reads into the record a letter to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DeFiore regarding the Jose Martinez child rape case. Martinez was arrested and later admitted to a course or oral and anal rape of a 14-year old boy in his office at Isaac E. Young Middle School. After Cox speaks Petrone makes additional remarks as do two speakers from the community, Karen Hessel and Peggy Godfrey.
There are numerous false and misleading statements by Mrs. Petrone. I will address a few of them in my remarks at the next board meeting on Tuesday, December 6th at City Hall.Read more
David Lacher, a New Rochelle attorney specializing in business, real estate, wills & estates, will sit as judge at the 16th Annual Yale Mock Trial Invitational Tournament today in New Haven. Lacher is a long-time member of the New Rochelle Board of Education. Lacher also serves on the board of the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency.
"Looking forward to it", tweeted Lacher before heading up I-95 this morning.
The 16th Annual Yale Invitational will take place on December 3rd and 4th, 2011 in New Haven, CT.
The event is organized by the The Yale College Mock Trial Association. The first event was held in 1996. It has become the largest intercollegiate invitational mock trial tournament in the United States.Read more
A settlement was reached Tuesday between the New Rochelle Board of Education and F.U.S.E. the district's teachers union, in a case over allegations that a school district employee sexually assaulted a second employee in City Hall. Under terms of the agreement, provided to Talk of the Sound by parties close to the case, the employee keeps their job but will be temporarily demoted for a period of one year.
Anthony Newman, a glazier in the Buildings and Grounds Department of the City School District of New Rochelle, was facing possible termination after having been accused by a female employee of grabbing her breasts and then hugging her in an office at City Hall. The hearing was held in City Hall on Tuesday November 22nd.Read more