Jazz/swing is not dead...what an amazing job.Read more
New Rochelle Board of Education members Quay Watkins and Sara Richmond will not stand for re-election to the school board next month. The school board is comprised of 9 members with two up for re-election each year except for once every five years when only seat is up for election.
The news, rumored for the past several weeks, was made official with an announcement today by the League of Women Voters. In announcing their New Rochelle LWV Candidate Forum to be held May 9, 7:30 p.m. at the New Rochelle Public Library, the League of Women Voters added:
Board members Quay Watkins and Sara Richmond have indicated that they will not run for re-election to the school board, which have 5-year terms.
A student at Albert Leonard Middle School received a 5-day suspension earlier this week for distributing brownies laced with marijuana. Several students reported feeling sick after eating the "pot brownies".
The incident was widely discussed among students at Albert Leonard Middle School. Several students who say they know the student, an 8th grade female, tell Talk of the Sound that the student's older sister was recently disciplined for a drug-related incident at New Rochelle High School.
One City School District of New Rochelle employee, who asked not to be identified, told Talk of the Sound the student may have been selling the brownies and that some student knew they were ingesting brownies laced with marijuana.
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Alleged child molester Jose Martinez, former administrator in the New Rochelle Public school system, waived his right to appear in New Rochelle City Court. His next appearance date was set for May 12th. An application for a bail reduction was denied. Martinez remains locked up in Westchester County Jail on $500,000 bail.
Talk of the Sound has led the way on coverage of the Jose Martinez case. We were the first to report on his abrupt resignation, his disappearance and his subsequent arrest. Keep reading Talk of the Sound to get the inside story on New Rochelle.Read more
The New Rochelle Board of Education voted last night to adopt a 2012-12 proposed budget of $230,872,398 with an estimated tax increase of about 4.5%. The budget represents a 2.66% increase from last year's budget.
Funding for non-mandated out-of-district busing for private and parochial students was partially restored and there will be fewer teacher layoffs than initially announced. The transportation budget was cut by $750,000 down from the original projected cut of about $1.9mm.
Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak said 35 employees may be laid off down from 100 in the initial proposed budget due to 46 retirements and resignations, an increase in state aid and the employee union foregoing a wage increase in the first year of the new 3-year contract which will be made up on the back end of the contract with subsequent increases of 2.1% and 2.6%.
There will be a purported salary freeze for Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and Assistant Superintendents.Read more
The Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting tonight to approve the Final 2011-12 School Budget. The meeting will be held at the New Rochelle High School Library located at 265 Clove Road.
The Board anticipates making a motion to go immediately into Executive Session at 6:00 PM to discuss the employment history of particular persons and collective negotiations. At approximately 7:00 p.m., the Board anticipates making a motion to reconvene the Public Session of the meeting in the library.
7:00 P.M. Special Meeting [Public Session] Library
In short, the board will be meet to discuss the F.U.S.E. proposed settlement then come out to vote on the final budget which will be the basis for the referendum for the tax levy vote in May.Read more
For the first time in several years, the terms of a new union contract for school district employees will be known before a school budget vote in New Rochelle, based on information announced today by F.U.S.E., the bargaining unit which represents almost all school district employees. F.U.S.E. President Martin Daly announced to members today detailed information about the proposed contract settlement with the City School District of New Rochelle.
F.U.S.E. Members will get an “across the board raise” of 2.1%, effective July 1 or September 15, 2012 and a 2.6% “across the board the raise” effective July 1 or September 15, 2013. The 0% “across the board” raise, “step” advancement, longevity increment for 2011-12 were not affected. The different start dates reflect that there was "10 month" and "12 month" employees.Read more
Rassool Hassan Williams was sentenced to life in prison by an Ohio judge after his conviction for fatally shooting a man in Stuebenville, OH. At sentencing, Williams told the judge he did not think it was fair that he was getting a life sentence despite 25 prior arrests ranging from weapons possession to driving with a suspended license, from drug trafficking to murder.
Looking at his rap sheet, New Rochelle residents might wonder how it is fair the the District chooses to expose children to a career criminal like Williams, in and out of jail regularly for 19 years, or how a man like Williams ever managed to pass the supposedly rigorous background check required by the City School District of New Rochelle. Rassool Hassan Williams worked for the New Rochelle School District in the Buildings & Grounds Department at the Cliff Street Yard from 2008 to 2010.Read more