A special committee created by the New Rochelle Board of Education on a pilot basis made its report last night on a series of recommendations to reduce costs, reallocate money in the budget and improve transparency in the budget document.
The Citizen Advisory Committee delivered a detailed 24-page report and summarized their findings in a Powerpoint presentation to the board which was recorded for later broadcast on local cable access channels and the district web site.
The report included a rather startling finding that the school district is paying hourly workers such as lunchroom monitors and general school aides well above the prevailing wage in Westchester County. Hourly security workers, for example, are paid $20.48 in New Rochelle. Their counterparts in Mount Vernon are paid $10.00 per hour. Monitors are paid $19.45 in New Rochelle. Monitors in Mamaroneck are paid $16.48.
Compounding this is the massive amount of hours accrued by these hourly workers -- over 300,000 hours, according to the committee which had access to data from the school district. Using simple math, the committee found that bringing the New Rochelle pay scale inline with surrounding districts would save millions of dollars a year.Read more
For the second year in a row, the Monroe Mustangs women's basketball team is the NJCAA Division II National Champion! Monroe defeated Lake Michigan 78-73 in a hard-fought final to earn the crown. Monroe led the whole game with a lead that rose to 18 in the second half. But the Indians came all the way back and with 2:24 remaining took a one point lead at 71-70. That was short-lived however as Monroe answered right back on clutch free throw shooting by Aivah Parham to take the lead for good. This is Monroe's second national title in Division II and they also won two when they were a Division III team. They finish the season at 31-6. Box ScoreRead more
The Monroe Mustangs came onto the court on Saturday afternoon for the fifth-place game in the sixteen-team NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament as loose as they had been all week - maybe all season - and left no doubt why they were regarded as one of the top teams in the nation before the tournament and now that the final tally is in, one of the best at the end of the tournament, too. in their final game together, the 2011-12 Mustangs put on a seemingly effortless array of dunks and three-pointers that characterized their masterful season and in the impressive 79-50 win over Columbia State, put their signature on a 33-4 season and one of the most beloved and highly-regarded basketball teams in Monroe Mustangs history. Box ScoreRead more
(Peoria, IL) -- The Monroe Mustangs women's basketball team added another chapter to their storied history on Friday night with a 74-69 defeat of Louisburg (NC) in the NJCAA Division II Women's National Semifinal to earn a berth in the finals against Lake Michigan on Saturday night. This will be the defending national champions fourth finals appearance since 2005. They've won three of them. In the semifinal, Monroe had four players in double figures and Verdine Warner had a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. in a tournament filled with upsets, it's only fitting that the ninth- seeded Mustangs will play the seventh-seeded Indians to decide the National Champion. The game will begin at 7:30pm (8:30pm, NY time) and a link to the live webcast can be found here. Box ScoreRead more
Employing a two-unit substitution system, the Monroe Mustangs survived a scare from a plucky Spartanburg Methodist (SC) team to win 67-61 in the third round of the NJCAA Division I Men's National Basketball Tournament being played this week in Hutcinson, KS. The 32-4 Mustangs will play the fifth-place game on Saturday at 2:00pm (3:00pm NY time). It will be Monroe's final game of the season. Box Score Read about it in an SC newspaper Read about it in the Hutchinson News
Thursday's contest was Monroe's third national playoff game in three days and Monroe coach Jeff Brustad went to his bench extensively to give his starters a chance to regain their energy after two grueling games against top-ten teams in the first two rounds.Read more
(Peoria, IL) -- In a tournament full of upsets, the ninth-seeded Monroe Mustangs women's basketball team pulled off perhaps the biggest of the tournament Thursday night with a 64-50 win over #1 Johnson County (KS). With a large crowd looking on at the Division II Women's National Tournament being held this week in Peoria, IL, the defending national champion Mustangs defended a barrage of three-point attempts to defeat the Cavaliers (Johnson County was 9/48 from the arc). Prior to tonight, Johnson County had only lost one game all season. With the win the Mustangs move on in the semifinal round Friday night at 8:00pm (9:00pm NY time) against Louisburg (NC). Box scoreRead more
Talk of the Sound has observed, on numerous occasions, a work van owned by the New Rochelle Board of Education parked in the driveway of a private home on Harold Court in New Rochelle. As this article is written, Vehicle E-68 is parked in the driveway of 21 Harold Court, the residence of Anthony Raffa, a plumber working for the New Rochelle Board of Education.Read more
Both Monroe Mustangs basketball teams will begin play in their respective national tournaments today.
The #3-ranked men will tip off in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS at 12:00pm (1:00pm, NY time) against an excellent #7-ranked Indian Hills (Iowa) team.
The #9-seeded women will defend their NJCAA Division II national championship in Peoria, IL against #8 Prairie State (Illinois) at 3:00pm (4:00pm, NY time).
You can see both games live on the web. Visit the Monroe Mustangs athletic website at www.monroecollegemustangs.com and there will be a "splash page" during the games that has the link. if you don't see that, just click LIVE ACTION.Read more