William Evans, former Principal at Albert Leonard Middle School, will be appointed acting Assistant Principal at Ward Elementary School tomorrow night by the New Rochelle Board of Education. Evans retired last spring.
Evans will be paid $830 a day for no more than 36 days to cover for Ward AP Kimberly Peluso from January 3, 2012 until March 16, 2012. She will be out on parental leave.
If you are wondering at that figure, $830 x 36 = $29,880. New York State retirees can earn up to $30,000 a year and still receive their full pension in that year. The amount was determined to pay Evans that maximum amount allowed. On an annualized basis that comes out to be $830 x 52 x 5 = $215,800 which is significantly more than Evans earned in his final year working full-time for the district.Read more
Despite the conviction less than two months ago of Jose Martinez on charges of child sex abuse, it's as if the repeated rape of a student in a school office never happened. It's business as usual for the New Rochelle Board of Education.
On November 29th, the New Rochelle Board of Education was asked to review Resolution 10-180-12, expected to be voted on at tomorrow's nights meeting, which will retroactively approve the "emergency" hiring of 9 individuals who began work 4-6 weeks ago without the required criminal background checks.
Further, under Resolution 12-180, the board will approve waiving for twenty more days the requirement under the New York State Department of Education S.A.V.E. Law that all school district employees submit to fingerprinting and pass a criminal background check prior to their employment by a public school district.Read more
In the 12 minute video above, Robert Cox addresses the New Rochelle Board of Education at their Meeting at Isaac E. Young Middle School on Nov. 29, 2011. Before Cox speaks, Board President Chrisanne Petrone reads into the record a letter to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DeFiore regarding the Jose Martinez child rape case. Martinez was arrested and later admitted to a course or oral and anal rape of a 14-year old boy in his office at Isaac E. Young Middle School. After Cox speaks Petrone makes additional remarks as do two speakers from the community, Karen Hessel and Peggy Godfrey.
There are numerous false and misleading statements by Mrs. Petrone. I will address a few of them in my remarks at the next board meeting on Tuesday, December 6th at City Hall.Read more
David Lacher, a New Rochelle attorney specializing in business, real estate, wills & estates, will sit as judge at the 16th Annual Yale Mock Trial Invitational Tournament today in New Haven. Lacher is a long-time member of the New Rochelle Board of Education. Lacher also serves on the board of the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency.
"Looking forward to it", tweeted Lacher before heading up I-95 this morning.
The 16th Annual Yale Invitational will take place on December 3rd and 4th, 2011 in New Haven, CT.
The event is organized by the The Yale College Mock Trial Association. The first event was held in 1996. It has become the largest intercollegiate invitational mock trial tournament in the United States.Read more
Ding, dong, the fool is gone! the fool is gone!
Happy days here at Talk of the Sound! It is great pleasure we announce that David Abrams, the incompetent, corrupt clown who has been posing for years as a testing and assessment specialist despite no particular qualifications, has has finally been fired by New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr.
Hooray for King! Long live the King!
Abrams held the title of Assistant Commissioner of the Office for Standards, Assessment and Reporting in the New York State Education Department.Read more
A settlement was reached Tuesday between the New Rochelle Board of Education and F.U.S.E. the district's teachers union, in a case over allegations that a school district employee sexually assaulted a second employee in City Hall. Under terms of the agreement, provided to Talk of the Sound by parties close to the case, the employee keeps their job but will be temporarily demoted for a period of one year.
Anthony Newman, a glazier in the Buildings and Grounds Department of the City School District of New Rochelle, was facing possible termination after having been accused by a female employee of grabbing her breasts and then hugging her in an office at City Hall. The hearing was held in City Hall on Tuesday November 22nd.Read more
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.