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  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 19 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 19 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 !

  • Sexting School Guard Resolution Distributed Last Night at School Board Meeting   5 years 20 weeks ago

    i think she should have been FIRED!!!

  • June 2nd School Board Meeting: F.U.S.E. Deal Approved, CILA Outrage, Babcock-Deutsch Caught Lying (Again)   5 years 20 weeks ago

    Since you asked, I counted them and came up with 62. Cindy actually skipped one and I was flipping through the material pretty fast but about 60 not 100.

    Korstoff rattled off the numbers so fast there was no way to keep up. He did address your "dumbing down" point and said that before critics said we were whining when we said there was a problem with the tests (too hard) but not that test scores have gone up the critics are whining that there is a problem with the tests (too easy). While in the real world it would be entirely consistent to argue that the tests were initially fair and low scores showed the schools were not delivering good results and so the state caved to political pressure and made the tests easier and now the scores are going up. By the same logic, however, Korstoff's argument is also consistent -- the test was initially unfair but once it was made fair the grades reflected the good performance of the school. So, without further analysis it is not possible to say who is right. We do know, however, that anything Dr. Korstoff says needs to be taken with a grain of salt. This is the same guy who said last fall that the school district had achieved "equity" in test performance because 100% of the kids at both IEYMS and ALMS passed a state math test. He even had a chart which showed two columns with 100% at the top of each which "proved" his point. Except for a few minor problems including the fact that five times as many students took the test at ALMS and that the state measures scores THREE ways not one - those getting 55% or better, 65% or better or 85% better. Not a single student at IEYMS got an 85% of better but about 75% of the students at ALMS got an 85% of better.

    Regular readers will also recall how Korstoff presented other highly misleading ELA and Math data to the school board (and the public) last October:

    Isaac Young Board Meeting, Failure Every Which Way But Loose

    And how the head of the IEYMS math department could not make sense out of the numbers in his own graphs and charts during his presentation to the school board:

    Isaac Young Math Department Chairman Struggles with Basic Calculations

    Also, read...

    How Cheating on High-Stakes Testing Works

    Isaac Young Teacher Disputes Criticism, Defends Fellow Teachers

    Martin Daly, Teacher's Union Chief, Lashes Out at Talk of the Sound

  • Is New Rochelle's City Council Support for Capelli Crumbling?   5 years 20 weeks ago

    Does anyone know the occupancy rates of the towers that were recently built? If you look at the Trump Tower at night, the top 10-15 floors look almost empty so maybe this project doesn't make any sense. I for 1 am tired of looking at those vacant store fronts next to the Post Office. There should be no more extensions or incentives for this project, its time for Capelli to put up or shut up!

  • MEMO: NRPD and CSDNR Should Collaborate to Build an iPod Database   5 years 20 weeks ago

    The D.A.R.E Program is thought in the elementary schools (5th Grade) so maybe there is coverage there.
    As far as VADIR filings, I guess the Board of Ed has
    the Middle Schools and High School "covered up",
    oh I mean covered. LOL.

  • June 2nd School Board Meeting: F.U.S.E. Deal Approved, CILA Outrage, Babcock-Deutsch Caught Lying (Again)   5 years 20 weeks ago

    did you say 100 resolutions in about 3 minutes? Might be useful to check NYSED figures; not logical when compared to figures published by Great Schools a national organization with likely the most extensive data base in the field. Although the recent tests were, according to many pedagogic observers, "dumbed down" (made easier) during current year, the differences between what Korshatof(sic) has reported varies greatly from Great School figures. Here is what they reported in December 2008

    3rd grade -- ELA 74% Math 93%
    4th grade -- ELA 82% Math 92%
    5th grade -- ELA 85% Math 89%
    6th grade -- ELA 69% Math 81%
    7th grade -- ELA 69% Math 83%
    8th grade -- ELA 64% Math 75%

    Without having census figures, I cannot compute averages, but it is highly unlikely that these numbers reflect the district report. Of course it would be possible that for some unknown reason the NYS assessments (as reported above quoted and verified by Great Schools) and the NYSED results were calculated differently or came from different sources. Strange -- given tests and other criteria, the New Rochelle District was rated a "6 out of 10" not at all shabby, but not reflective of the district report.

    warren gross

  • Is New Rochelle's City Council Support for Capelli Crumbling?   5 years 20 weeks ago

    Go to http://lohud.com/article/20090602/NEWS02/906020331/-1/SPORTS and see what some of the comments about Chucks visit brought out. Let's all step on the necks of the private citizen to help the poor developer. Heaven help us! Chuck, you've embarassed yourself.

  • Union Chief Marty Daly Says Schools Contract "Fair"; Admits Seeking Shorter Contract to Seek Bigger Raises Sooner   5 years 20 weeks ago

    It's all clear to me now. If you google Aman Ali you'll see he's actually a comedian. So, you see, his reporting is really his comedy "schtick". Personally, I don't find it funny. As a reporter, you CAN ask a question once in a while, or check a fact. Maybe he should quit his day job.

  • Possible Swine Flu Case at Jefferson School, Is Swine Flu Spreading in New Rochelle Schools?   5 years 20 weeks ago

    Keep in mind the other places your children are grouped together. Pre- school or after school programs, day care or baby-sitters. A child from one school might play with children from another school in a different setting. Nothing to panic about or overreact, but do pay attention to the safety guidelines about washing hands and coughs/ sneezing,etc. Again, if you're sick-stay home ! We'll al be healthier for it.

  • F.U.S.E. Approves Union Contract, New Rochelle School Board Set to Vote Tonight   5 years 20 weeks ago

    I wonder if they will announce who will be principal at Trinity next year. I hope it is someone who is experienced and has been a principal before at a big school, not a newbie principal.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 20 weeks ago

    Posts are not "censured" or even censored here. Posts from registered commenters are appear without moderation. Anonymous comments must be manually approved. What you cannot see the amount of "comment spam" that comes to the site because we allow anonymous comments. For every comment from a real person this sites gets hundreds of anonymous comments. Most of those are filtered but many actually get through and must be combed through to be weeded out. The remained of the anonymous comments are approved based on my editorial discretion.

    If you do not want to be subject to my editorial discretion than simply register.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 20 weeks ago

    As usual you (Cox) pass judgment and disregard posts that don't bow down and agree with yours. Half of the posts that challenge you never make the blog as you censure them because they expose you for what you are; a loud mouth bully who believes he has all the answers. This site could be so much better with no effort if you print all posts. I realize anonymous posts must be proofed due to language and content but censure based on opinion goes against the transparency you mandate from others. Some anonymous posts are moles; some are wise guys but most are timid people who are not comfortable with public identification but have something to offer, aka the silent majority, who have found a way to join the discussion. Encourage more posts to increase credibility.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 20 weeks ago
    Cox

    I am not fond of you in the least Mr. Cox. But I am honest. You have found your niche. Without the extreme sides of information, we could not have a legitimate middle ground. I do not like your views, but I understand the need for them. Freedom of the press (both sides) brings balance. I hate to admit it, but you bring balance. Unsettling, but balance none the less.