A late night visit to a property leased by the City School District of New Rochelle for use by the Buildings & Grounds department raised numerous questions about how the location is being managed by the district. Talk of the Sound made an unannounced visit to 47 Cliff Street, a parcel leased by the district from Nancy Lore of Pelham, between 2:00 AM and 3:00 AM on Friday, February 4th.
There was no activity at the school district yard but the main gates had been left wide open. There appeared to be no security measures beyond several flood lights which illuminated the yard.Read more
Under pressure from all sides to reign in out-of-control school spending, New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak appears to be losing his mind. This week Organisciak not only insulted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo but attacked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with a school yard taunt, mocking the heavy set chief executive of the Garden State as "Krispy Kreme".
Organisciak, whose base salary for the 2010/2011 school year is $263,250, wasn’t done. He referred to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who also has spoken out against superintendent salaries, as “Krispy Kreme” and said Cuomo couldn’t be “King Cuomo the Second.”
The New Rochelle Board of Education will begin the 2011-2012 Budget Process tonight with the first of two Community Budget Forum and Input Session at the New Rochelle High School library. The events will take place on Thursday, February 10th at 7pm and Wednesday, March 2nd, also at 7pm.
For the first time, there will be a live broadcast. The meetings will also be broadcast live on NRED TV at Cablevision Channel 77 and Verizon Channel 30 and over the web on the nred.org web site. Talk of the Sound has been calling for live TV broadcasts of Board of Education meetings for years, others longer. Board members Deidre Polow and Mary Jane Reddington, among others, have opposed televising BoE meetings.
In March and April there will be a series of Budget Review Sessions. The Budget Vote & Election will take place in May.Read more
The Board of Education has posted something they are calling a New Rochelle School Budget Survey on their home page and promoted it by pitching the story to the Journal News. Apparently the district sent out a press release (but not to Talk of the Sound, as usual). In it, Organisciak says, "It is critical for us to hear from all constituencies about what is most vital to them as we look to make appropriate reductions in spending while maintaining the high quality of education that the New Rochelle community has come to expect."
First, the quality of education in New Rochelle is mediocre for the vast majority of students which may explain just 55% of black students and 51% of Latino students graduated on time according to the last graduation report issued by the State of New York in March 2010. It certainly explains why New Rochelle High School is no longer ranked in the annual Newsweek high school survey.Read more
The New Rochelle High School Cheerleading program will host its annual “Show Night” on Tuesday, February 8 at 8:00 pm at the New Rochelle HS gym. All three nationally ranked squads will showcase their routines for the community before heading off to the 2011 National Competition. In addition the squads from the Ursuline School will showcase their Nationals routine. The teams will head to Orlando Florida on February 10 where they will compete in the Universal Cheerleaders Association National High School competition at Walt Disney world in Orlando Florida. The competition is aired on ESPN nationally and can be viewed live online at varsity.com. The community is invited to attend and admission is free. For more information please contact: Cheerleading Coach: Chrissy Stanionis (914) 656-3703Read more
The New Rochelle Board of Education has postponed its meeting scheduled for tonight at the Jefferson School due to the weather.
The meeting will take place next week - same day, same time, same location.Read more
Incompetent DPW workers stem from one place, incompetent management. The other day, I witnesses with my own eyes and ears a DPW pick-up truck filled with four (4) men whose sole jobs were to go around and fill sand/salt barrels. The driver of the truck asked me where the barrel was. I pointed it out and said, “It was in front of that car.” Two other workers were ready, with shovels in hand, to fill the barrel. The driver, on the other hand, immediately said, “We’ll call it in and come back another time.” Laziness at its maximum capacity. New Rochelle needs to clean house, starting from the top to the bottom. Hard working tax payers are paying ridiculously high property and school taxes on incompetence. Businesses and residents are suffering during these tough economic times, while Bramson, Strome and the P.O.S. Councilpersons are being paid high salaries for “F”ing things up beyond repair. City Hall better wake up. Their lazy, do nothing actions are stemming down to workers. Their mentality is, “I don’t have to work for my salary and they can’t do anything about it.”
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