As is becoming common practice in New Rochelle, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and Board of Education President Sara Richmond again harassed, threatened and insulted your humble correspondent while in the midst of making remarks during the public comment period. The normal practice at Board of Education meetings is that the public is invited to comment for five minutes, the Board remains silent and if there is any follow up required there is written communication after the meeting. This applies to everyone in New Rochelle except me.Read more
Talk of the Sound has confirmed that a key statement by Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak in the wake of the arrest of Jose Martinez was false. Martinez was arrested by New Rochelle police for sexual molestation of a 14-year old student at Isaac E. Young Middle School on March 24th. The following day, Organisciak issued the following statement.
Statement from Richard Organisciak, Superintendent of Schools
March 25, 2011
We are deeply concerned about the allegations that have been made against Assistant Principal, Jose Martinez. The safety and welfare of our students remains our priority.
Mr. Martinez was hired by the district in 2007 as Administrative Dean at Isaac E. Young Middle School. He was provided with clearance to work in the school district after passing the normal State criminal fingerprinting check. There had been no record of complaints from students or staff about Mr. Martinez.
Superintendent Richard Organisciak, New Rochelle Board of Education and Officials within the New Rochelle Educational System are allegedly involved in the Jose Martinez shell game more then they wants parents to know.
Mr. Martinez isn’t the only alleged sexual predator that is employed by the New Rochelle School District that was awarded a promotion with pay raise. Do you recall Donna Henry ?Read more
It is shaping up as another banner week for the New Rochelle school district, one of the most crime-laden school districts in Westchester County.
Former New Rochelle District Employee Vito Costa will be sentenced today in White Plains as part of his guilty plea last April on charges related to working a no-show job for the Buildings and Grounds Department. Despite pleading guilty to working a no-show job, after investigators from the District Attorney's office followed him around for a month watching him do everything but show up for work in New Rochelle, no supervisors were ever charged by the DA or terminated by the District.Read more
At the parent meeting last Wednesday at the Isaac E. Young School, Larraine Karl, a New Rochelle resident went to the podium to ask Mr. Bongo about his qualifications to be the Principal of the school. Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak interrupted the speaker, refusing to let Bongo answer the question, and responded saying that Bongo met the same qualifications of any other principal in New York State and in the district.
Not satisfied with that answer, Bongo, who has largely been kept under wraps by Organisciak since the Jose Martinez scandal was first reported here on Talk of the Sound, gave an answer anyway. He would have better off taking Organisciak's lead and clamming up.Read more
Negotiators for the New Rochelle school district will be meeting with union officials on Thursday in an effort to conclude negotiations on a new three year contract. The school district will be represented by attorney Jeffrey Kehl. Also present will be Assistant Superintendent for Finance John Quinn and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Margaret Pecunia.
Marty Daly, F.U.S.E. which represents 1,300 staff members including Pedagogic staff (teachers, counselors, teaching assistants, etc.) and School Related Professionals (secretaries, custodians, teacher aides, etc.) has told union members that the meeting this week will determine if there will be an agreement prior to the District finalizing the budget at their meeting on April 14th.
The union, like the school district, bases its negotiations largely on what is going on in other districts.
Daly told F.U.S.E. members he hopes to be able to share specific information about the contract in the next two weeks.Read more
Channel 12 News reporting New Rochelle Police took DNA Samples from Martinez' Office at Isaac Young
Talk of the Sound has learned that an employee at Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle formerly expressed concerns to school district administrators earlier this school year that then-newly appointed Assistant Principal Jose Martinez was taking unusual steps to make his office at the school more private. Martinez requested new locks on both the interior and exterior doors to his office including a special lock on the interior door which connected an foyer-area which served as a waiting room to his actual office. Martinez also covered up the window looking into his office until a shade was installed on the interior door, according to sources.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound that the employee was demoted after filing the complaint and admonished for being a "trouble maker".
Another district employee expressed concerns over the nature of the lock on Martinez door.Read more
F.U.S.E. President Martin Daly, in a newsletter communication to union members, wrote that recent parent meetings at Jefferson Elementary School and Isaac E. Young Middle School were painful but essential if "the district, staff members, parents and students are going to rebuild the trust that has been badly shaken by the allegations against Mr. Martinez."
In the newsletter, Daly said that many parents who spoke at the meetings supported the school district but there was some "serious criticism" for the way in which district administrators communicated with parents. The district relied almost entirely on their "CONNECT ED" system where automated calls are made to deliver pre-recorded messages. Many parents claimed that they never received any “robo calls” despite having provided their phone numbers to their child's school.
The newsletter also contained a carefully worded statement on who knew what and when.Read more