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
Talk of the Sound has confirmed that shortly after her term ended as New Rochelle Board of Education President, attorney Sara Richmond accepted a potentially lucrative position working for Kehl, Katzive & Simon, the law firm which has represented the school district for over 20 years under a long-standing no-bid contract, written by the law firm, that has been sharply criticized the New York State Comptroller as unfair to taxpayers. The contract was renewed again this summer, days after Richmond's term expired.
As New Rochelle Board of Education President, Richmond was responsible for making referrals to Kehl, Katzive & Simon and approving invoices from the firm. During her time on the board, Richmond repeatedly voted to approve payments totaling millions of dollars to her new employer.Read more
I picked up my child from elementary school today. (S)he wanted to go to the bathroom before coming home and I went along. The floors had urine on them, the toilets had feces in them and bathroom smelled awful. My child told me the bathrooms are always like that because there are too many children in the school.
Do we really not have enough funds to keep the bathrooms clean? If I see conditions like that again I will call the health department.
“Consider the reasons which make us certain that we are right... but not the fact that we are certain. If you are not convinced, ignore our certainty. Don't be tempted to substitute our judgment for your own.” - Hugh AkstonRead more
John Carlin grew up in New Rochelle, NY. He joined a rock band, signed a recording contract but later shifted gears into children's music where he has become a much in-demand performer for children's events and parties. John recently developed a pilot for a program The Kids Music Underground which includes his mother, Tony-Award winning actress France Sternhagen who still resides in New Rochelle. She plays Mrs. Mazzotti is the friendly shop owner of Mazzotti Music, a small music store in Brooklyn, NY where John works at, when he’s not teaching music classes to kids.Read more
Last week Talk of the Sound requested copies of all public records of communications between the New York State Dormitory Authority and Iona College in New Rochelle, NY going back to January, 1, 2009. We received the following reply:
Re: Iona College, Dorms Communications between DASNY and Iona College and inspection reports regarding dorms from 01-01-09 to date.
On September 15. 2011 the Dormitory Authority received your September 15, 2011 letter requesting records concerning the above referenced project. pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law. The Dormitory Authority searched its files for records that would satisfy your request and has determined that this is not a Dormitory Authority construction project. Iona is a private not-for-profit college and we would not have provided any construction services.
The following is information and the tone of the feedback we have received regarding the City/Iona College planning process proposal. A copy of the proposal was posted here on Talk of the Sound on September 6, 2011. “City of New Rochelle and Iona College Develop Planning Framework for Student Housing”. Please feel free to give further constructive comment and feedback.Read more
We have been told that the City School District of New Rochelle has been blocking Talk of the Sound on its computer network for quite a while now. Since we are not in the network we cannot see that so if you have some experience with this let us know. Most readers have figured out how to bypass the system or just use their mobile phone to read this site or access Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other restricted web sites.
For those looking for a simple solution, we have done a little research and recommend this article from About.com:
Turns out there are many services out there that allow users to bypass blocks although they seem to shut down from time to time. So, we are putting up this post and will update whenever we hear from a reader that the recommended service is no longer available or has somehow been blocked.
The #1 recommended option for now is:Read more
Talk of the Sound is happy to announce that Anthony Bongo has met all requirements and graduated from Columbia University Teachers College. Congratulations, Dr. Bongo!
It has been a long road with many fits and starts but the Office of Doctoral Studies has confirmed that Dr. Bongo's diploma has been mailed to him.
As we have said before, when he has actually earned his doctorate we would be happy to announce that here on Talk of the Sound and offer congratulations.
So, there you go.Read more