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  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Bummer says it all.

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I'm very surprised that from all the interviews taken place, there was not a better candidate for this position. From my experience with Mr. Briceno, he is not the right candidate for this position. Even in his current position at Trinity, he does not have enough experience or management capability to run Trinity. He is too young, not well liked, will do nothing to improve the School or children curriculum., and never puts in the extra mile. Another bad decision by the Board of Ed.
    Why wasn't he given the position before Mr. McMahon?
    Also, does anybody know what Ms. Herman received as payment for being on maternity leave for two years, and then finally given notice that she would not be back?

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Mr. Briceno is not ready to be principal, he needs about 10 more years of experience as an assistant.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    She Is guilty of something. By your own admission there is at he very least an administrative matter. Thanks for proving what people are saying. There would be absolutely NO actions by the board if nothing happened. They couldn't reprimand her for no reason and not get sued over it. That, in itself, says it all. Her repositioning/reassigning, whatever you call it is driven by the facts. Facts that were/are covered up. She won't complain one bit to the actions because she dodged a legal bullet and is thankful not only for her job being intact, but also not being investigated. Believe me, it's not because the district loves her, it's the districts own self- preservation that motivates them. The whole issue is morally reprehensible and probably illegal, but we'll never know as long as it's covered up. If you think this is an administrative matter, you're a moron, or a co-conspirator. Which is it? What if it was your daughters pics? Would that be an administrative matter?

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Went back to my original source who said they had forgotten about Ms. Esteves. The article has been corrected. Thanks for the heads up.

  • F.U.S.E. Approves Union Contract, New Rochelle School Board Set to Vote Tonight   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I know a little about Briceno and what I have seen was favorable. It is a sensible appointment from the viewpoint of the special mission of Trinity as well (a TESOL school). He should do well.

    Today (June 4) I read the blogs about the sexting, discriminatory remarks and rewarding of same, the continuing misrepresentation of district results, etc. and it reinforces the simple arguments put forth by a number of us that the district is unsound, unsafe, and unconscious from the head, not the body. What I mean by this is that the actions taken reinforce the incompetence of the board, some of the senior management and administrative staff and the noxious relationship with the district and union -- the sweetheart contract/don't rock the boat mentality. Yes there are racial and irrational tones on decisions; and given the so called probationary period dismissal, punishments are unequal and do not fit offenses.

    But, as Bob Cox says, I am an optimist. I re-read Regina Simoes points in a late 2008 blog and I remember her fondly as a dedicated, committed teacher and the system is full of people of this professional and moral quality. I think the voting patterns in the district re: the union contract are a cause for optimism as well and it would be interesting to get some viewpoints why some schools overwhelmingly supported the contract while others apparently were more divided in their views.

    Maybe our President's speech at Cairo impressed upon me more than anything else of the power of transparency, accountability, courage, and conviction. Our district doesn't get it: neither do many of our citizens in the district. that will change.

    I think perhaps it would not be a bad idea to bundle a package of all of the views concerning some key topic -- maybe a composite of the sexting and reinstatement op and blog pieces --- and send them to the council members and simply ask them --- it this what you want for your district? do you have any questions about what you are reading? do you know of the impact that a district like this is having on your constituents -- financially, educationally, morally, ethically.... and are you comfortable with a union/management relationship that is not collective bargaining but a free pass for some at the expense of many others and which is running contraindicative to trends in society today?

    Sounds idle or useless on the surface, but remind them that people who hit this webstie are many and they vote. Also invite them to comment publically by name regarding the material and the fight for a sound and fiscally responsible district. Go RSVP and tell us who responds, who dosn't and this is another benchmark come voting time.

    Obama is right --- it is the collective responsibility of us all to resist tyranny and frankly, the board's very opaqueness, irrratonality, favoritism, and cowardice in the face of union opposition, is precisely opposite to the values our president spoke about in Cairo and many other places.

    I am optimistic enough to believe what he says and support him. This transcends politics; the actions of this district and board become more reprehnesible as time goes on.

    warren gross

  • F.U.S.E. Approves Union Contract, New Rochelle School Board Set to Vote Tonight   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I know a little about Briceno and what I have seen was favorable. It is a sensible appointment from the viewpoint of the special mission of Trinity as well (a TESOL school). He should do well.

    Today (June 4) I read the blogs about the sexting, discriminatory remarks and rewarding of same, the continuing misrepresentation of district results, etc. and it reinforces the simple arguments put forth by a number of us that the district is unsound, unsafe, and unconscious from the head, not the body. What I mean by this is that the actions taken reinforce the incompetence of the board, some of the senior management and administrative staff and the noxious relationship with the district and union -- the sweetheart contract/don't rock the boat mentality. Yes there are racial and irrational tones on decisions; and given the so called probationary period dismissal, punishments are unequal and do not fit offenses.

    But, as Bob Cox says, I am an optimist. I re-read Regina Simoes points in a late 2008 blog and I remember her fondly as a dedicated, committed teacher and the system is full of people of this professional and moral quality. I think the voting patterns in the district re: the union contract are a cause for optimism as well and it would be interesting to get some viewpoints why some schools overwhelmingly supported the contract while others apparently were more divided in their views.

    Maybe our President's speech at Cairo impressed upon me more than anything else of the power of transparency, accountability, courage, and conviction. Our district doesn't get it: neither do many of our citizens in the district. that will change.

    I think perhaps it would not be a bad idea to bundle a package of all of the views concerning some key topic -- maybe a composite of the sexting and reinstatement op and blog pieces --- and send them to the council members and simply ask them --- it this what you want for your district? do you have any questions about what you are reading? do you know of the impact that a district like this is having on your constituents -- financially, educationally, morally, ethically.... and are you comfortable with a union/management relationship that is not collective bargaining but a free pass for some at the expense of many others and which is running contraindicative to trends in society today?

    Sounds idle or useless on the surface, but remind them that people who hit this webstie are many and they vote. Also invite them to comment publically by name regarding the material and the fight for a sound and fiscally responsible district. Go RSVP and tell us who responds, who dosn't and this is another benchmark come voting time.

    Obama is right --- it is the collective responsibility of us all to resist tyranny and frankly, the board's very opaqueness, irrratonality, favoritism, and cowardice in the face of union opposition, is precisely opposite to the values our president spoke about in Cairo and many other places.

    I am optimistic enough to believe what he says and support him. This transcends politics; the actions of this district and board become more reprehnesible as time goes on.

    warren gross

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Mr. Cox,
    The only person saying there was a crime is YOU! Where is the evidence that actually shows she transmitted the images (or recieved them for that matter). You say there are witnesses. Who? Why haven't any of these witnesess come forward? That is all it would take to "proceed" with a criminal case. The DA and the police need credible evidence before a supoena can be issued for phone records. BTW, I have NOTHING to do with the district OR Ms. Henry. But I've read all your posts and find them to be of a "lynch mob" mentality especially regarding the sexting incident and the security guard who ALLEGEDLY assaulted a student at Issac Young. From what I am assuming, Ms. Henry got transferred for not following district guidlines, which would not be a crime.

    Now Bob, let's look at something else here, mandated reporters:
    It is too much to write here, but look up the following setion and post it: NYS Office of Children's and Family Services (Social Service Law, section 413) There you will find the definition of mandated reports and a specific list of who are considered mandated reporters. In summary, there are 38 specific titles. Only one, "School Official" comes close to Ms. Henry's former position as a security guard. "Security Guard" is not listed anywhere. Now, that being said, is a security guard considered a school official? Or, is the law simply refering to the administration. It is a gray area. Now let's assume for a minute that security guard does fall under that umbrella as a mandated reporter. The law also says that a mandated reporter is:
    "required to report or cause a report to be made in accordance with this title when they have REASONABLE CAUSE to suspect that a child is an ABUSED or MALTREATED child where the parent, guardian, custodian, or other person LEGALLY RESPONSIBILE for such child comes before them in their professional or official capacity and states from personal knowledge, facts, conditions or circumstances which, if correct, would render the child an ABUSED or MALTREATED child"
    Now, reading this and assuming Ms. Henry is a mandated reporter, she did not do anything CRIMINALLY WRONG because the issue of abuse and maltreatment is not evident anywhere with what has been reported. CPS would not even deal with a case of "sexting". In any event, when the sexting incident was found out by the administration, the school social worker did, in fact, contact CPS and a determination was made. I know you don't claim to be a lawyer, but stop playing lawyer on your blog.

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I was told he was the first hispanic principal. Let me look into further and get clarification. So far I have two anonymous people telling me two different things.

    In either case -- whether he is first or second -- it sure seems to me like this is a good thing that the District has identified a Latino for this sort of position given the changing Demographics in New Rochelle.

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Rochelle Schools Appoint Rolando Briceno as Trinity Principal (Updated)   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Thelma Rodriquez Esteves was the principal of IEYMS and later assistant superintendent of schools -- Mr. Briceno is not the first Hispanic principal as you erroneously claim.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Hoo boy, this is hilarious and sad at the same time -- the District's trolls are now chiming in to defend Donna Henry.

    Since when is obtaining and transmitting sexual images of a child an "administrative matter" for a school? Newsflash, Einstein! These are crimes: child pornography and endangering the welfare of the child. The law regarding Child Protective Services is quite clear that mandated reporters may not seek to make a determination of the legality of a particular incident but must simply report everything to CPS and let CPS make the determination. That law applies to all mandated reporters. In this case MANY mandate reporters are aware of what happened in this case and have remained silent. This might give some parents pause to consider what else the District is not reporting to CPS.

    Of course, there IS evidence of a crime in this case. There are phone records that will show that Donna Henry obtained and transmitted a sexual image of a child. The D.A. has the power to seek those records. There is also direct testimony of witnesses which is also evidence if the testimony is found by a court to be credible. The fact is the District knows what she did which is why she is being "punished" by being removed from Albert Leonard Middle School and stuck on the night shift at New Rochelle High School as a "cleaner".

    As you apparently believe that Donna Henry did not do anything wrong, riddle me this genius: why was Donna Henry suspended without pay and then assigned to guard an empty conference room for several weeks? Why was a resolution published and distributed to the board members, to the press and to anyone who showed up at City Hall on Tuesday, reassigning her to work as a cleaner on the night shift? Why was that resolution suddenly pulled after a hastily convened executive session?

    An executive session was already scheduled for AFTER the Regular Meeting but after people had already filled the Carew Room at City Hall for the C.O.W. meeting, the public was told to leave and kept out for 30 minutes. The school board did not even announce that the resolution they had published and distributed has been withdrawn. They just skipped over it very, very quickly in their usual rush to blur through resolutions.

  • Now Playing in New Rochelle, "Book, Interrupted"!   5 years 24 weeks ago

    that's interesting post, thanks for the writing!

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    You have it right -- sort of -- the probationary staus of the employee is what resulted in the difference between their treatment, not their color.

    There is no double standard at work here, just Civil Service Laws.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    "The solution is simple, you turn her over to the D.A. and let them make the determination on how to proceed. Case closed."

    Turn her over for what? There is no evidence of a crime. The DA is not going to get involved in school administrative matters. So, in essence you are correct, Case Closed.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    You hit the nail on the head...and refer back to my recent post.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Yes that is the same case. I cannot say for sure if she was on probation or not, but there was talk of moving her to the high school before she was fired.
    In 2007, a security guard from "one" of our elementary schools was being used as a go between from parent to child while there was an order of protection in place. This guard still remains in the system today. AND this is a guard of color as well. So far the card reads, People of color 2-- white folk --0
    anyone else have a friend who needs a job??? We'll hook 'em right up with a security job. Another fine example of this joke of security that we have.One way to look at it, we've helped clean up the streets a little and put some of the undesirables in one place.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    It would be nice to believe that the reason the school board and the administration have decided to sweep the Donna Henry sexting case under the rug is because they are being fiscally prudent. I would not agree with such a decision but at least their motive might be one of concern for the taxpayers.

    I am aware of no reason to believe that the decision to try to bury this matter is the same as it always is -- a desire to avoid bad publicity. In this case, Donna Henry is black, important members of the black community want her to remain on the payroll and the District does not want a fight on its hands.

    Think about that!

    She knows she is in serious trouble so she goes for help and gets it from within the black community. Meanwhile, parents are never told what she did but rather go about making vague statements and advise parents to discuss sexting with their children.

    This site reaches 300-400 readers a day or about 9,000-12,000 "unique visitors" a month out of which only a fraction have kids in the schools. What do you think would have happened if the District had reported Henry to Child Protective Services as they are required to do by law? What if CPS referred the case a criminal matter and the case was widely reported in Westchester? Do you think the balance of power would be different? Do you think parent at ALMS and other schools would sit by while Donna Henry was reassigned and given what amounts to a raise?

    The reason she is still on the payroll is that only a small group of people were in the circle of those who knew about the case and those include pressure groups in New Rochelle who lobbied to keep Donna Henry on the payroll.

    Let's be blunt, does anyone imagine that this matter would have been treated the same way if, for example, the guard was a man? Or if the ethnicity, race or gender was different?

    I have to wonder if the school board would be so sanguine about this if the child involved was one of their own. Chrisanne Petrone has two children; would she be so willing to "go along to get along" if it were one of her kids? Jeff Hastie was permitted to sit in on the executive sessions on Tuesday when this resolution was discussed and then pulled. He spoke long and loud about his love for children, especially his own children, and how his concern for the welfare of children was his motivation for running for the school board.

    Yet, when he faces his first test of this commitment he rolls over, sits up and begs like a trained seal. If Ms. Petrone and Mr. Hastie are so willing to allow a security guard to send around nude photos of children TO OTHER DISTRICT EMPLOYEES then perhaps they can volunteer to send around similar photos of THEIR CHILDREN!

    I suppose it is easy to be so "reasonable" about balancing the needs of the district, F.U.S.E. ,the legal costs and considerations, the political pressure from various interest groups when the child is some poor Latina girl from the wrong side of tracks rather than your own child. I wonder how these people on the board, most of them parents, sleep at night knowing they have put a woman they know to have obtained and transmitted sexual images of a child back to work in the New Rochelle school system.

    I wonder if any of them have considered the precedent they have no set for future cases where an employee in the future can now point to this case and say "well, they did not fire Donna Henry so why are you firing me?"

    The solution is simple, you turn her over to the D.A. and let them make the determination on how to proceed. Case closed.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    There was a case brought up at the IEYMS school board meeting last fall where a parent showed up at the school and asked to see their child, the guard put a call out to find the child and the child was brought to see their parent. There was martial problems and the other parent was upset that the other parent saw the child at school. As I recall, the guard was in probationary status and was summarily fired. Is that this case?

    If so, please tell us more because it strikes me as another example of the sort of double-standard which exists in CSDNR.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    What does the "night shift" mean, exactly? Setting aside that this woman should be fired and turned over to the D.A.'s office, obviously she should not be around children. But children are at New Rochelle High School for evening events and some kid's, like PAVE students, are at school at 7am. So is this shift from like 11a to 7p? Or is there some overlap with when kids will likely be in school.

    Quite frankly if they are going to keep her on the payroll they should assign her to "guard" the maintenance staff's Grove Street facility. It would be a do-nothing job but at least she would not be in a position to interact with children on a day-to-day basis.

  • 15 Minute Lunch is History Thanks to Blog Power (aka People Power)   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Well ya...i too think that 15 minutes break is not enough...
    students need some relaxation as well as lunch..
    Time MUST be given to them...
    U may get some information from microsoft certification
    Well that is another aspect of blogging to resolve the problems of people...
    Nice job...

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    She can't be fired, can't you see that. The cost of the trumped up wrongful termination suit would cost more than just paying her to stick around. Ain't THAT special? They would pay more to "buy the defense" than 10 years of salary.

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Donna Henry has been assigned to the High School night shift!!!!!! AND has yet to report for work since May 20th..HOW ABOUT THAT TAXPAYERS???

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 24 weeks ago

    why wasnt she fired for not following proper proceedure. Bettina Mandracchia, a security guard from Isaac was fired for not following proceedure with regard to a child. Do we dare mention that Ms. Mandraccha is white and Ms. Henry is a woman of color. Could the race card be in play here? What is the sense of having proceedures in place if you can break them and your consequence is a different job at a higher pay scale.Also how is it that Ms. Henry was appointed to this position before resolution?

  • June 2nd School Board Meeting: F.U.S.E. Deal Approved, CILA Outrage, Babcock-Deutsch Caught Lying (Again)   5 years 24 weeks ago

    You said you wanted to make a difference ? Don't make the same mistake the other board members do by blindly defending when you don't know the facts. I believe you can affect change, but you're off to a terrible start. You'll need to set yourself apart from the others and include the citizenry to push forward any agenda. We are your friends, unless you morph into the status quo. That would be sad. Good luck.

  • Union Chief Marty Daly Says Schools Contract "Fair"; Admits Seeking Shorter Contract to Seek Bigger Raises Sooner   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Unions typically try to expand, to broaden their power base, resulting in more strength at the bargaining table. Given their greed, why wouldn't they want to double the rank and file? The gutless jellyfish of the NR BoE would be helpless to try to get any concession. Rye is working without a contract for over a year, I think, because they have the will to do so. NR bends over when Daly says so and he picks our pockets clean. Why give them more power? And the savings that may be realized are predicated on the notion that the boards act responsibly to the taxpayer. Haven't seen that in NR ,have we?
    Listen I agree with your thoughts, but for all this to work, everyone has to work within some type of moral compass. Not likely in NR. Each person who voted for this contract has willingly stolen from us at a time when we can least afford it. Thanks Warren for everything you post !

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