The New Rochelle Board of Education voted last night to adopt a 2012-12 proposed budget of $230,872,398 with an estimated tax increase of about 4.5%. The budget represents a 2.66% increase from last year's budget.
Funding for non-mandated out-of-district busing for private and parochial students was partially restored and there will be fewer teacher layoffs than initially announced. The transportation budget was cut by $750,000 down from the original projected cut of about $1.9mm.
Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak said 35 employees may be laid off down from 100 in the initial proposed budget due to 46 retirements and resignations, an increase in state aid and the employee union foregoing a wage increase in the first year of the new 3-year contract which will be made up on the back end of the contract with subsequent increases of 2.1% and 2.6%.
There will be a purported salary freeze for Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and Assistant Superintendents.Read more
The Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting tonight to approve the Final 2011-12 School Budget. The meeting will be held at the New Rochelle High School Library located at 265 Clove Road.
The Board anticipates making a motion to go immediately into Executive Session at 6:00 PM to discuss the employment history of particular persons and collective negotiations. At approximately 7:00 p.m., the Board anticipates making a motion to reconvene the Public Session of the meeting in the library.
7:00 P.M. Special Meeting [Public Session] Library
In short, the board will be meet to discuss the F.U.S.E. proposed settlement then come out to vote on the final budget which will be the basis for the referendum for the tax levy vote in May.Read more
Rassool Hassan Williams was sentenced to life in prison by an Ohio judge after his conviction for fatally shooting a man in Stuebenville, OH. At sentencing, Williams told the judge he did not think it was fair that he was getting a life sentence despite 25 prior arrests ranging from weapons possession to driving with a suspended license, from drug trafficking to murder.
Looking at his rap sheet, New Rochelle residents might wonder how it is fair the the District chooses to expose children to a career criminal like Williams, in and out of jail regularly for 19 years, or how a man like Williams ever managed to pass the supposedly rigorous background check required by the City School District of New Rochelle. Rassool Hassan Williams worked for the New Rochelle School District in the Buildings & Grounds Department at the Cliff Street Yard from 2008 to 2010.Read more
It's getting so you need a scorecard this Spring to keep track of all of the criminal proceedings involving New Rochelle school district students and employees. See if you can match the mug shot with the criminal case against these former students, administrators and buildings and grounds employees. Extra points if you can name the crime! In the past month, New Rochelle managed a murder conviction, child rape, attempted armed robbery and an old chestnut for the Huguenots, the classic "no show job" conviction. Way to go, purple!
And faster than you can say "Mary Kay Laterno", we are going to have more fun and games to come. You are going to want to sharpen those pencils as New Rochelle gets ready to play "staff having sex with students" bingo, with your host, Richard Organisciak. Coming soon to a web site near you!Read more
Two New Rochelle High School students, Jermaine McCRead more
Rasool Hassan Williams, 33, was found guilty of murder and weapons charges by a jury in Stuebenville, OH and sentenced to life in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.
Williams was found guilty on March 18, 2011. He is currently incarcerated at the Lorain Correctional Institution. Williams will be eligible for parole after 20 years.
Williams worked as a a motor equipment operator for the New Rochelle school system from July 2008 until March 2010. His last day working for the district was March 23, 2010. Less than three weeks after leaving the employment of the district, April 20, 2010 he shot to death Charles King Jr., 29, of Steubenville, OH.Read more
Vito Costa, a former employees of the Buildings and Grounds department of the City School District of New Rochelle, was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation after keeping his nose clean over the past year and paying $30,000 in restitution at sentencing. Costa had been on interim probation for the past year. Under terms of his guilty plea last fall he was sentenced just on the misdemeanor charge of falsifying business records.
Last year Talk of the Sound reported on Costa's guilty plea.
Costa plead guilty on April 7, 2010 to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree and received Interim Probation. Costa will be re-sentenced on April 6, 2011 on the misdemeanor charge of Falsifying Billing Records, according to Westchester District Attorney Director of Communications Lucian Chalfen. Costa's conduct over the next year will play a large role in the sentencing.Read more