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.
Iona College is coming clean in the wake of the firing of former Provost Warren Rosenberg who inaccurately reported data on student performance to outside agencies. The college issued a statement last week as a follow up to previous statements made in August and September.
New Rochelle, NY – November 8, 2011 —Iona College recently completed an internal investigation by outside legal counsel, with assistance from an independent auditing firm, into irregularities in student performance data reported to external agencies. The audit confirmed that inaccurate data—related to incoming freshman acceptance rates, SAT scores, graduation rates, and alumni who give annually—was reported to external agencies. Reported SAT scores for incoming freshmen were overstated on average 6.5% over actual scores. The irregularities were first revealed in an announcement by the College on August 30, 2011, and a full report of audit findings is available on the Iona website: http://www.iona.edu/about/reportcommittee/.
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.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Ralph Redding (DOB 07/16/88) of 89 Horton Avenue, New Rochelle, was found guilty following a jury trial of two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Class “B” Violent Felonies, one count of Robbery in the First Degree, Class “B” Violent Felonies, one count of Robbery in the Second Degree, a Class “C” Violent Felony, two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Class “D” Violent Felonies, and one count of Assault in the Third Degree, a Class “A” Misdemeanor, relating to his primary role in an armed home invasion.
On December 14, 2010, at approximately 12:30 am, Redding and two co-defendants who previously pled guilty, Chad Jones (DOB 8/28/87) and Sean Gray (DOB 9/6/89), all approached a home on 43 Treno Street in New Rochelle.Read more