Talk of the Sound has been sounding the alarm since we first launched in 2008. Few among the New Rochelle Pep Squad have heeded the call. Now the bill is coming due and no amount of cheerleading is going to hold back the oncoming tidal wave of financial ruin. In just a few short years, the United States has gone from the benchmark, risk-free debt standard to a threatened negative outlook being issued by Moody's. A downgrade of U.S. debt will mean the end of the U.S. Dollar as a reserve currency and more broadly the end of the world as American's have come to know it in the Post-World War II Era. All debt in the United States from State to County to Local will be downgraded. Oil, no longer bought and sold in dollars, will become more expensive rippling through our economy making everything more expensive.Read more
Last night, at the New Rochelle Board of Education meeting, Vice President Chrisanne Petrone read through a list of draft resolutions to be voted on at the next Board of Education meeting on January 4, 2011. After the entire list was read, board member Lianne Merchant raised a question about a draft resolution regarding Rolf Koehler. Before she could complete her question, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak produced a document which he said contained a written statement regarding the resolution.
It was clear from their reaction that not all board members had been informed of the statement, signed by BoE President Sara Richmond along with Organisciak. Richmond was not present for the meeting.
The next morning Talk of the Sound received a statement from City Manager Chuck Strome.Read more
The following is a rundown of the course of events relative to the School Security Officer position for the City School District:
1) The City School District requested a 211 waiver for Rolf Koehler, School Security Officer. This request was granted by the New York State Civil Service Commission to run through June, 2010.
2) In granting such a waiver, the New York State Civil Service Commission required a test for School Security Officer be held to determine if other candidates were available to fill the position.
(The School District determined that the job description for the test did not reflect changes they had requested and asked that the job description be amended. This request was denied by the former Civil Service Administrator.)
3) City Civil Service Commission holds the test in February, 2010. The result of the test was the establishment of a list of 12 eligible candidates for the position. (The incumbent was not required to take the test.)Read more
Over the course of the last few weeks, there have been many mis-truths and faulty characterizations regarding the postings for a new School Security Specialist position. In an effort to set the record straight, we offer the following chronology and explanation:
1) In 2009, the City School District requested a 211 extension waiver for Rolf Koehler, School Security Officer which was granted by the New York State Civil Service Commission to run through June 2010. This waiver was predicated on the satisfactory work done by Mr. Koehler in his assignments since 2005.Read more
While still awaiting official word as to what the City of New Rochelle intends to do about the rather flagrant violations of New York State law by the City School District of New Rochelle, Talk of the Sound noticed that the job posting for the "School Security Specialist" position has been removed without explanation from the City of New Rochelle web site.
The school district had coordinated with the always "helpful" Domenic Procopio to list the job despite the fact that an exam had taken place, an eligibility list created and specific orders given by the New York State Civil Service Commission to select a person from the eligibility list as required by New York State law.Read more
On January 6, 2011 at 7pm, Theater Works, the theater club at New Rochelle High School, is hosting a screening of “Race to Nowhere”.
Tickets are on sale now: $10 in advance or $15 at doorRead more
At the New Rochelle Board of Education meeting last week, Dr. Jeffrey Korostoff presented his "Goals and Objectives" for 2010-11. Korostoff gave a full-throated defense of the New Rochelle school system that was largely predicated in dismissing the testing data from last Spring and presenting his own set of data that he felt was more "fair". As has become a trend now, he specifically went after the movie "Waiting for Superman", referencing data that he said showed New Rochelle schools were doing better than a charter school in Harlem that was a focus of the film documentary. The exact same argument was made by Yigal Joseph, Principal at Columbus Elementary School, at the previous BoE meeting.Read more
The Remington Boys & Girls Club on Guion Place in New Rochelle hosted last month an unusual gathering of public school administrators and staff, church leaders and community leaders. Over 100 people came together to learn more about the New Rochelle High School Mentoring Program. The presentation inspired about 40 people to sign up as mentors.
After some brief remarks by Tina Mitchell, the Remington Club Activities Director, Quay Watkins the Executive Director of the New Rochelle Boys & Girls Club and an Invocation by Pastor Mott of the Family Christian Center, staff and administrators from New Rochelle High School addressed the group about a program developed 8 years ago to reach out to students who were falling through the cracks and support them with one-on-one intervention.Read more