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
Talk of the Sound has obtained an internal email from Patricia Lambert, Principal of Barnard Elementary School, to faculty and staff at the school that paints a very different picture of the "Barnard Intruder" incident than what is being communicated to parents of students.
Last month school officials failed to follow security procedures when an unknown person was encountered repeatedly walking around the building and later found hiding in a classroom closet. The school then lied to parents, telling them via robo-calls and letters sent home with students that the man was observed outside the building and left before police arrived. In fact, the man was in the school for 3 to 4 hours and even after the man was found hiding in a closet, Patricia Lamber, the school principal, refused to call police and instead insisting that custodial staff search for the intruder. It was only after the staffers refused to conduct a search that Lambert called the police -- several hours after the intruder was first found walking around the building. The story was first reported by Talk of the Sound.Read more
You want boring? Try watching hours of New York State Civil Service Commission video tapes looking for mentions of New Rochelle. We watch so you don't have to! What we found so far is that the New York State Civil Service Commission discussed three items regarding New Rochelle at their meeting on September 15, 2010.
Two short clips and one longer one -- the first shows how the District ignored the State on direction to pick from the eligibility list, the second shows how the City's Civil Service Commission flat out ignored the State. The last is on Daniele but we left in the whole 4 minutes because it also helps explain a key part of the NYS Civil Service law.Read more
Meeting records from the September 2010 meeting of the New York State Civil Service Commission obtained by Talk of the Sound reveal that the CSC gave the City School District of New Rochelle just six weeks to select a new security administrator to replace Rolf Koehler from the Eligibility List created by the City of New Rochelle on May 12, 2010. The school district refused to select anyone from the list. After the deadline passed, school officials engaged in repeated efforts to violate New York State law and the thumb their nose at the ruling of the New York State Civil Service Commission. Those efforts continue to this day.Read more