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
As the New Rochelle Board of Education continues to struggle to explain how an administrator at Trinity Elementary School was hired in 2007 without the required administrative license and continued as administrator despite never obtaining the license, new questions have emerged regarding a second administrator.
Patricia Lambert, principal at the Barnard Elementary School, was recently issued a temporary administrative license, suggesting that she too did not have the required administrative license when she was hired as school principle several years ago and was also permitted to continue to work as an administrator despite never obtaining the required license.
Nadine Pacheco, hired in 2007 as Administrative Assistant (not a secretarial position), had a temporary license which expired in 2005. She is currently without a license and was forced to resign as Assistant Principal last month.
There is no record in the NYSED web site that Lambert ever had a New York State administrative license prior to the week before the current school year began.Read more
The parent of a Davis Elementary School second-grader filed a complaint with the New Rochelle Police Department over a harassment and bullying incident at the school alleging that the building principal, William E. Harrell, refused to speak with him about the incident or even acknowledge the incident had occurred. The complaint also alleges that when the sister of the victim sought to contact her father to notify him of the incident and get her sister help she was refused. The complaint also says that the child was not provided medical attention following the incident.
The incident was instigated by two children, a boy and a girl, either cousins or siblings, who have known bullying issues, according to the report. The girl is a fifth-grader who is in the same homeroom class as the sister of the victim.Read more
Jose Martinez was sentenced by Criminal Court Judge Susan Cacace six months time served SHOCK and ten years sex offender probation on October 11, 2011. A permanent order of protection is in effect until October 11, 2019 for the victim.
The sex offender status is the subject of a separate court hearing under the Sex Offender Registry Act (SORA) in which a judge will assign a level 1,2,or 3 depending on various risk factors. A list will be read through with numbers assigned and the final number will determine the level of sex offender status.Read more
The New Rochelle school district will be providing free 24/7 WiFi in the homes of students, according to a recent school board resolution.
During the most recent board meeting IT Director Dr. Christine Coleman addressed Resolution 12-148 "Mobile on the Go (EDU) 2011 Pilot Program, a program to "narrow the digital divide in our urban school district and increase student achievement in reading and writing by providing off-premise, ubiquitous 24/7 wireless internet access through mobile devices."
The program costs $555,595 of which $439,335 will be covered by federal taxes and the remaining $116,260 will be covered through local taxes. Schools involved are Columbus, Jefferson, Trinity, Isaac and New Rochelle High School.Read more
It was not that long ago that the New Rochelle Board of Education approved adding Universal Kindergarten. At the time, this program was presented as "free" by Assistant Schools Superintendent for Business Affairs John Quinn. The program is now costing the district well over $1 million a year.
Get ready for Universal Pre-K…at a cost of $1.6 million a year.
Board Resolution 12-135 indicates that the district submitted an application to the New York State Education Department to be part of the "Universal Pro-Kindergarten Program" Under Section 2521 of the Education Law.
The money will be used to pay for Instructional Salaries ($780,079), Teacher Retirement ($89,709), Social Security ($59,676), Medical Insurance ($74,955) and something called "Contractual" ($591,300).
The line item under Appropriations does not specify what "Contractual" means.
The resolution states that site providers in addition to the Barnard School for 2011-2012 school year include:
The New York Times is reporting:
[NYSED] officials revealed this week that the State Education Department had quietly been conducting erasure analysis on some high school Regents exams for more than three years, a process that red-flagged 64 incidents of possible problems, including one that led to the ouster of an assistant principal in the Bronx.
And after an audit by the state comptroller raised concerns about cheating in 2010, the State Board of Regents voted, to little notice, to expand such analysis to six additional tests last school year, and to all Regents exams in 2011-12, though the necessary funds were never authorized.
A reader sent the following email:
My sons attend Trinity Elementary School. We have not been informed on the [result of the] last state test. A couple of parents said they received the kids scores by contacting the board of ed.I thought these were suppose to be announced, so to speak.I was looking for some insight on this, because my wife and I received a letter in the mail notifying us that my youngest one could receive additional help for reading,I had no idea he was in need of help.
As I recall the scores are embargoed by the state. By now parents should have received the results but just to clarify any mystery I made some inquiries to state and local officials. Basically, the district had the data but was not allowed to send it out. In the meantime, the used the data to identify students who were in need of help.
The file containing the Parent Reports for students who were in Grades 3 to 8 during 2010-11 was received from NYSED around the second of September. The reports were then distributed to the schools the following week; they put them in envelopes and mailed them out by the end of September.Read more