New Rochelle, NY, October 12, 2011 Members of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association (TPNHA) have voted unanimously to approve a new home for the safekeeping of their archives. The members came together in support of the resolution to permanently transfer and deaccession the artifacts to Iona College in New Rochelle. With the membership vote complete, the Association can now proceed to the final phase of the legal process, which is to gain the approval of the NY State Court.
Since 2010 the artifacts of the Collection have been stored temporarily in state of the art archival facilities within Iona’s newly renovated Ryan Library. This is the same location the Board determined best meets all criteria for proper stewardship of the artifacts, public and academic access, and guaranteeing the Collection remains in New Rochelle.Read more
The New Rochelle school district will be providing free 24/7 WiFi in the homes of students, according to a recent school board resolution.
During the most recent board meeting IT Director Dr. Christine Coleman addressed Resolution 12-148 "Mobile on the Go (EDU) 2011 Pilot Program, a program to "narrow the digital divide in our urban school district and increase student achievement in reading and writing by providing off-premise, ubiquitous 24/7 wireless internet access through mobile devices."
The program costs $555,595 of which $439,335 will be covered by federal taxes and the remaining $116,260 will be covered through local taxes. Schools involved are Columbus, Jefferson, Trinity, Isaac and New Rochelle High School.Read more
It was not that long ago that the New Rochelle Board of Education approved adding Universal Kindergarten. At the time, this program was presented as "free" by Assistant Schools Superintendent for Business Affairs John Quinn. The program is now costing the district well over $1 million a year.
Get ready for Universal Pre-K…at a cost of $1.6 million a year.
Board Resolution 12-135 indicates that the district submitted an application to the New York State Education Department to be part of the "Universal Pro-Kindergarten Program" Under Section 2521 of the Education Law.
The money will be used to pay for Instructional Salaries ($780,079), Teacher Retirement ($89,709), Social Security ($59,676), Medical Insurance ($74,955) and something called "Contractual" ($591,300).
The line item under Appropriations does not specify what "Contractual" means.
The resolution states that site providers in addition to the Barnard School for 2011-2012 school year include:
The New York Times is reporting:
[NYSED] officials revealed this week that the State Education Department had quietly been conducting erasure analysis on some high school Regents exams for more than three years, a process that red-flagged 64 incidents of possible problems, including one that led to the ouster of an assistant principal in the Bronx.
And after an audit by the state comptroller raised concerns about cheating in 2010, the State Board of Regents voted, to little notice, to expand such analysis to six additional tests last school year, and to all Regents exams in 2011-12, though the necessary funds were never authorized.
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