On October 29th, 2008, a Latino student in evident pain was brought to the nurse’s office by a fellow seventh grader at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle, NY. “Joseph” (not his real name) told the school nurse, Carla Murphy, he had been playing outside during recess, slipped on the wet grass and fell with his arms outstretched onto a concrete surface. He told Nurse Murphy that “both arms hurt” and - indicating his wrists and forearms - that he was in extreme pain. Nurse Murphy, interrupted from eating her lunch, handed the boy a bag of ice and called the boy’s mother to come pick him up from school. The mother, Maritza Rodriguez, asked the nurse to call for an ambulance. Murphy refused and hung up the phone on the mother. More than six hours later, an emergency room doctor told Rodriguez, that both her son’s arms were severely fractured between the wrists and the elbows. Joseph was absent from school for more than two months and only recently returned.
The New Rochelle Board of Education, along with Superintendent Richard Organisciak, Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Korostoff and Jefferson Elementary School Principle Cindy Slotkin have done nothing to remedy the ongoing issue with extremely unhealthy climate control within class rooms located in the basement section of the school.
It has been reported to the above mentioned, especially Principle Slotkin, as well as News12, who did a report about a year ago regarding this very same issue. But SURPRISE!!!, nothing was ever aired and the problem still exists.
Mrs. Slotkin continues to expose our children to this unhealthy environment rather than relocating the scheduled classes to another classroom.
I know of more than a few children that have become ill due to the extreme cold conditions. The class room temperature averages 10 degrees below the outside temperature.
Contractors have attempted to fix the issue without results, and they all have been paid in full.
For families of children who will be four or five-years old in 2009
7 PM in the Kelly Theater at New Rochelle High School
The Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment is hosting the Parent Information Meeting to discuss:
- Magnet and Universal Pre-Kindergarten Programs for four-year-old children
neighborhood school and Magnet Kindergarten programs for five-year-old children.
- Kindergarten registration process
magnet school themes and components
- Dual Language CILA (Children’s International Language Academy) programs in Spanish-English and Italian-English
- Bus transportation policy
- Availability of after-school programsRead more
Members of the Board of Education will hold a Committee of the Whole Session on Tuesday evening, January 27, 2009, in the auditorium of Jefferson Elementary School, 131 Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle, New York.
7:30 P.M. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE SESSION
I. Board of Education Announcements
II. Superintendent’s Report
A. Jefferson School Student Presentation: Video-Conferencing & Healthy Life Styles
B. 2008-2009 Goals & Objectives: Cynthia Slotkin, Principal, Jefferson School
C. IBM Grants: Dr. Diane Massimo
• Reading Companion
D. Capital Projects Update: John Quinn
E. Acceptable Use Policy for Technology & Internet Safety Policy: Christine Coleman
F. Ronni Black Memorial Scholarship
G. See For Yourself Campaign
III. Review of Draft Resolutions
IV. Board/Community Informal Discussion
Arthur Praete of New Rochelle has an Op-Ed in the Journal News today criticizing the New Rochelle school district not for having censored the book "Girl, Interrupted" but for having selected for use in the first place.
This overtaxed, concerned resident would be interested to know, not who deleted the pages, but the person or persons responsible for the selection of this trashy, quasi-obscene, third-rate novel for the students. They should be severely disciplined or terminated as unfit to serve in the school system.
Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak was singled out by Praete as "the laissez-faire, big spending superintendent of schools" and described the incident as an example of "the sagging moral standards in our nation".
Read the entire Op-Ed here.Read more
My view of the manner in which the concerns of a citizen were received during the public portion of the New rochelle School Board Meeting on Dec. 2 are as follows.
In common with many other elected officials the president of the board appears to have forgotten that the board is elected to serve the interests of the people of New Rochelle and has not been annointed their masters. No doubt the individual involved had appeared several times before. That very fact indicates that his concerns had not been adequately addressed. Instead of being heard out he was gaveled down and dismissed.
This behavior is probably acceptable in the People's Republic of China or Cuba but is not acceptable in a public forum of an elected body in a democratic republic.Read more
In a bizarre, unprecedented and shameless move, Superintendent Richard Organisciak last night formally requested that the New Rochelle Board of Education approve a "resolution of support" for MacMenamin's Grill, an area restaurant that recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Confusion reigned as normally docile board members took the highly unusual (for them) step of asking questions.
One of the questions they might have asked is whether or not family members of senior administration officials have an ownership stake in the restaurant?
Another might be whether New Rochelle students have been enrolled, at tax-payer expense, in the cooking school at MacMenamin's Grill?
Or whether New Rochelle school officials get special treatment at MacMenamin's Grill?Read more