It truly is a bit disturbing how people quickly change topics with regards to the school budget layoffs of over 100 employees, with most being teachers. The budget is purely, 100% for the benefit of all New Rochelle Public School students. They are priority #1 and they are the main recipients of every dime paid by taxpayers. The budget is created to provide quality education and programs for New Rochelle Public School students. If, and only if there is some extra funding and should the Board of Education feel 100% satisfied that the New Rochelle student population is 100% taken care of, then and only then should funding be allocated to residential children attending grades K-5 in private schools located in district first, and out of district second.Read more
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The Iona College men's basketball team's MAAC Championship run was ended in a 62-57 defeat to Saint Peter's in final at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. The Peacocks' (20-13) stingy defense was too much for the Gaels (22-11) as they captured their first MAAC title since 1995.
Led by junior Mike Glover's (Bronx, NY) 23 points, Iona managed a season-low 57 points in the loss. Glover completed his 18th double-double of the year with 11 rebounds. Senior Rashon Dwight (Newark, NJ) also posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards while junior Scott Machado (Queens, NY) added 15 points and six assists. Saint Peter's limited the rest of the team to just nine points.
Nick Leon made the score 23-17 with a three-pointer at the 5:32 mark. Neither team found the bottom of the net for nearly four minutes before two Machado layups got the Gaels within three points with 1:05 remaining. Jeron Belin's three-pointer on the next possession made the score 26-20 heading into the break.Read more
Iona College has issues the following statement:
It is our understanding that Iona College’s former chief financial officer plead guilty today to federal fraud charges. As we have previously stated, the College took all proper actions in this situation when it was discovered almost two years ago and the majority of the missing funds were recovered. New procedures are in place to safeguard against a similar situation.
The court decided today to seek additional information from the individual and to proceed with the sentencing phase at a later date.Read more
Marie E. Thornton, 63, pled guilty to embezzlement from an organization that receives federal funds, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today. The conviction carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The Information also seeks forfeiture of all proceeds of the offense. Thornton is scheduled to be sentenced before the Honorable Kimba M. Wood on May 13, 2011.
Thornton, the former Vice President of Finance for Iona College, pled guilty today for embezzling more than $850,000 from the college. Thornton pled guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: "This is a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house. Marie Thornton was entrusted with the financial well-being of Iona College, but instead, she abused her access to cook the books and line her own pockets."Read more
The past two Board of education meetings have been dominated by public speakers on the sole issue of out of district busing for student enrolled in private schools, primarily to the SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY and The French American School in Larchmont, NY. Both schools are wonderful and are highly respected institutions and many New Rochelle residents would love to send their children there, but…and this is where it gets interesting, tuition at both this institutions cost over $21,000 per student per academic year. The SAR Academy’s tuition for K-8 is an astonishing $21,300, plus a $4,000 building fund per family per year. The French American School’s tuition for k-8 is a whopping $21,400 - $23,420 (depending on grade), plus an additional $2,000 per student per year for ESL.
Now, if you can afford to send your children to any of these schools, you make more than enough to pay for busing your child to and from your home to the school. For that tuition, the school should include busing for those that need it.Read more
New Rochelle Board of Education is having yet another Budget Meeting at New Rochelle High School Library @ 7PM. Not sure of the specifics on the agenda, but it seems as if they will discuss program cuts, especially within our elementary schools. And of course, music & arts, which children need in their elementary development stages, may be on the chopping block. Funny how a City which claims to be so pro the arts, places the arts on the chopping block so quickly. There are many studies out there that show the vital importance of the arts in the elementary level and there are hundreds of children that participate within these programs throughout our district. Music and art are proven programs that reflect higher grades in those students that participate within the programs then those students who are not. By cutting the music and arts programs in the elementary schools, the Board of Education will be choking the middle and high school music and art programs in the near future. This will lead to more future layoffs due to enrollment and the death of a now vibrant program. The elementary music & art programs have seen positive growth over the last ten years.Read more
Organisciak and the rest of the school board are out of their minds. And don’t think that they didn’t have their hand in the sudden “technical interruption” that surprisingly cut-off live streaming while one of New Rochelle’s residents was giving it to them good.
But everyone shouldn’t be surprised as the Board of Education always tries to censor taxpayers.
This meeting was a strange one. Surprisingly the main issue was about busing, how ridicules. It’s really not about busing; it’s about necessary budget cuts vs. unnecessary budget cuts.
Why is it necessary that supervisors get salary increases?
Why is it necessary that supervisors & department heads have unlimited expense budgets?
Why is it necessary that executives & supervisors are assigned city vehicles?
Why is it necessary that the Board of Education continues paying overtime to maintenance employees?Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College men's basketball team clinched the No. 2 seed in next weekend's Spark Energy MAAC Championship with a 74-69 win over first place Fairfield in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at the Hynes Center. A capacity crowd saw the Gaels (20-10, 13-5 MAAC) hold off the Stags (23-6, 15-3 MAAC) on Senior Day.Read more