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
When Chris Diagnostic on East Main Street refused to waive a $600 invoice for vehicle repair services on a vehicle owned by James "Jimmy" Bonanno, a supervisor for the New Rochelle Board of Education, Bonanno became irate and threatened to move school district repair business under his control to another mechanic. Bonanno is a supervisor of the Cliff Street yard in the Buildings and Grounds department. He is owner of the boat on which his son, also a Board of Education employee, painted the words "Bob Cox Sleeps with the Fish" next to an image of a skull and crossbones.
"He wanted work done for free and I don't do that sort of thing," said Chris Dowling, owner of Chris Diagnostic, a vehicle repair service and Shell Oil service station. Soon after the threat was made Bonanno stopped sending work to Chris Diagnostic.Read more
Isaac E. Young Principal Anthony Bongo was granted permission to walk in the graduation ceremony last week at Columbia University Teachers College, subject to completion of all requirements. It is typical that doctoral candidates who are waiting a final read of their dissertation but have completed all their course work and reached the final stages on their dissertation are allowed to go through the ceremony. Bongo has been enrolled in the Organization and Leadership program, a sort of "executive" doctoral program since 1996.
On WVOX Talk of the Sound Radio yesterday I took calls from listeners to discuss the recent School Board Election.Read more