Friend of Talk of the Sound, Polly Kreisman of The Loop has an informative article on pensions: New Rochelle School Pensions Top $170K.
Polly pulled 2010 data from the excellent SeeThroughNY web site. She found that one person, former New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Linda (Kelly) Fauci, is among the Top 100 Pension for the entire State of New York.
Six former New Rochelle school district employees are getting six-figure pensions:
Linda (Kelly) Fauci $170,830
Donald G Baughman $138,454
Carol B Feldman $122,844
Thomas J Ryan $119,053
Sally D Novikoff $110,591
George N Castellanos $100,198
The complete list is here.Read more
Albert Leonard Middle School has been identified as a school in need of improvement under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Albert Leonard was cited based on low scores in the Middle Level English Language Arts exam.
Not surprisingly, school officials around the area are not happy, calling the rating system "unfair" and "insulting":
Local school officials are highly critical of New York’s fast-growing list of schools in need of improvement, contending that the system is unfair to schools with many non-English-speaking students and students with disabilities.
Reza Kolahifar, the Assistant to the Superintendent for Human Resources, acknowledged today that
at the time of her hire in 2004 during the time of her employment from 2007 until 2011 there was no valid administrative license on file with the New York State Education Department for Patricia Lambert, the Barnard Elementary School principal. The report came in the wake over the outcry over the news that Trinity Elementary School Principal Nadine Pacheco was forced to resign last month after it came to light that she has never had a valid administrative license since first being hired by the New Rochelle Board of Education in 2007. Talk of the Sound has been the first to report the various licensing issues of school administrators in New Rochelle.
Challenger Ilyse Spertus called Barry Fertel earlier today to concede in the face for New Rochelle City Council District 5.
The Democrats will now have a 5-2 Super Majority on City Council.Read more
Last night the Board of Trustees of Penn State University announced the termination of Dr. Graham Spanier as University President and Joe Paterno as the Head Football Coach in the wake of a sex abuse scandal that stretches back at least 17 years. In short, school officials and employees knew about the sexual abuse of young boys by a former football coach and responded by taking steps designed to protect the image of the school and their legendary football coach and did nothing at all to protect the children being abused.
While many heads have already rolled -- with more to come -- the Board itself has a lot of explaining to do because ultimately they are responsible for oversight of the administration including the football program.Read more
The City of New Rochelle passed on November 8, 2011. Since 1992, New Rochelle had fell ill. Political leaders have slowly bled the life from this once great City. Major thoroughfares, once lined with prosperous businesses now sit desolate. A once great school system now plagued with substandard administrators and inadequate educators. Respected City officials have been replaced with the most corrupt, thieving, nepotistic, two-faced politician ever to roam the earth.
On November 8th, New Rochelle voters officially sealed the faith of New Rochelle. Our corrupt mayor Noam Bramson along with the four elected democrat council members now hold a super majority voting power, which means the mayor will pretty much bankroll anything he wants with no interferences from anyone. With a super majority, Bramson can now override the property tax cap that Govenor Cuomo set into place to protect NY State property owners.Read more
After a tumultuous Special PTA meeting on Thursday night at the Trinity Elementary School, and in the face of a hostile reaction to the arrogant demeanor of Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak, members of the school board prevailed upon Organisciak to reverse his decision to remove a popular young teacher from her classroom in order to make way for the recently resigned Assistant Principal.
Nadine Pacheco resigned as Assistant Principal at Trinity last month because she did not have the required administrative license to hold the position at any point during her employment as an administrator in New Rochelle going back to 2007. Pacheco previously held a temporary license which expired in 2005.
The district has been, so far, unable to explain how they hired a person without an administrative license for an administrative position requiring such a license.
Under New York State law, school board members may face misdemeanor charges and fines going back as far as 2004 for hiring and employing as school administrators without state certification.Read more
An open Letter to the New Rochelle Board of Education:
Dear Honorable Elected Members of the New Rochelle Board of Education:
Congratulations and thank you.
Thank you for earnestly listening to the parents of Trinity School. You took the time to hear all concerns. And your President Ms. Petrone served you and the district well by showing sincerity and honestly answering questions.
No doubt, the board saw that Miss Mussolini was being forcibly removed from her classroom without cause. You saw that her pupil’s educational process would be disrupted by this abrupt change. And most importantly, you saw the need to heal the elements of mistrust among the community of parents and educators.
Congratulations. I know from experience that it is not easy to bring all the board members together to override a personnel decision made by your Superintendent of Schools. But your collective decision was based upon understanding all the facts of this sordid case.
By your decision to keep Miss Mussolini in her classroom, you have restored a tremendous level of faith among the parents of Trinity School and possibly throughout the district.Read more