Over the course of the last few weeks, there have been many mis-truths and faulty characterizations regarding the postings for a new School Security Specialist position. In an effort to set the record straight, we offer the following chronology and explanation:
1) In 2009, the City School District requested a 211 extension waiver for Rolf Koehler, School Security Officer which was granted by the New York State Civil Service Commission to run through June 2010. This waiver was predicated on the satisfactory work done by Mr. Koehler in his assignments since 2005.
2) In the Fall of2009, upon notification from the New York State Civil Service Commission and in compliance with Section 211 ofRSSL Chapter 640 amended in October 2008, the City School District requested that a new examination for the position ofSchool Security Officer be administered. When the job description was produced, it did not reflect changes in requirements from when the previous exam had been administered. The City School District requested that the job description be amended to more appropriately reflect the new job requirements. The request was not honored. The incumbent at issue was not required to take the new test since he had successfully taken and passed the previous examination.
3) The City Civil Service Commission conducted the test in February, 2010. The test results were released in the Spring 2010 with a list of12 candidates having been deemed to have passed. Of the nine candidates who scored 80 or above, 4 were retirees receiving New York State pensions who would have required waivers of their own. Two had no prior experience, in security. Two were already employed by New Rochelle School District with no supervisory experience, while one worked in another district with no supervisory experience. Of those who scored between 70 and 80, one was a retiree with no supervisory experience. One was employed but had no supervisory experience and one could not clearly show any evidence of supervisory experience. Thus only one non-retiree was available who may have had supervisory experience and qualified. When there is only one candidate available, it presents the District with no choice.
4) Subsequently, the New York State Civil Service Commission reviewed the test results and identified three candidates who it felt were qualified for appointment IF a vacancy existed. With no vacancy existing in June 2010, the City School District requested a continuing waiver for Mr. Koehler based upon his performance and qualifications to that point.
5) In Summer 2010, the New York State Civil Service Commission upon request by City School District provided an extension of Rolf Koehler's 211 Waiver through October 31, 2010.
6) In September 2010, the City School District developed new specifications for a School Security Specialist position and requested that a test be given for this title. The test was scheduled for February 5,2011. Subsequently, the City School District determined that a broad
review of existing security needs and requirements for the District should be undertaken and requested that the test be canceled.
7) In November 2010, the City School District elected to withdraw a pending request for a continuation ofMr. Koehler's 211 Waiver.
8) The incumbent, Mr. Koehler, requested and was granted a leave of absence from his job as School Security Officer to run from November 1, 2010 through January 1, 2011. Mr. Koehler will be returning from leave to his job, without benefit of a waiver.
The City School District has been consistent in its adherence and respect for New Rochelle Civil Service Commission requirements, the New York State Civil Service Commission requirements and all applicable Federal, State and local labor and employment laws and regulations.
Throughout the years, the City School District has appreciated the cooperation it has received from the New Rochelle Civil Service Commission in the preparation of job postings, the administration of necessary examinations, the preparation of eligible candidate lists and its guidance in addressing new requirements such as waiver and pension concerns.
We look forward to a continued positive relationship as we work together to identify the best qualified individuals to serve the needs of the New Rochelle community.
Sara M. Richmond, President
New Rochelle Board ofEducation
Superintendent of Schools