New Rochelle Board of Education Sets First Public Budget Meeting for March 4th

At the School Board Meeting last week Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak announced that the first public budget meeting will take place on March 4th. Details were not announced and no drafts of the upcoming budget have been made available to the public. The school budget vote takes places on May 19th.

UPDATE: The School District released the schedule a short while ago

Wednesday March 4, 2009 8:15 PM
Location: New Rochelle High School Library
Community discussion is invited

Tuesday March 10, 2009 8:00 PM
Location: Carew Room on 2nd Floor at City Hall
Budget Review Session (General Support Areas)
Community discussion is invited

Tuesday March 17, 2009 8:00 PM
Location: Carew Room on 2nd Floor at City Hall
Budget Review Session (Elementary and Secondary Education, Pupil Services, Medical, Guidance and Special Education)
Community discussion is invited

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New Rochelle Public Library Book Sales This Friday and Saturday

Date: 2/13-14/2009
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 2:30 PM
Description: Take home great bargains - books, CDs, DVDs, calendars and more!
Location: Lobby

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New Rochelle Public Library Brown Bag Book Discussion Today; "Loving" Frank by Nancy Horan

Date: 2/18/2009
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM
Description: All are welcome to read Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, and discuss it over lunch. Copies of the books are available at the first floor Registration Desk.

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New Rochelle Public LIbrary Art Class Tonight; Family Trees - Visual Memoirs

Date: 2/10/2009
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room 1st Floor

Description: Here's a wonderful opportunity to capture family memories in an expressive and enjoyable art project led by artist-instructor Alice Megaro! A fifteen-session class will help budding and veteran artists collect information about their families and organize it using genealogical charts; create a tree on paper or fabric, with decorative leaves and fruits representing family members; and illuminate and illustrate their unique family trees.

Open to New Rochelle residents 60 years and older. Free.


Click to Register

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SCORE Free Business Counseling at New Rochelle Public Library Tonight

Date: 2/9/2009
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

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North v. South: How Our Politicians and School Board are Cheating Our Children

Rashad, I am sorry for what I have had to post here but the point needs to be made. Seventh Grade Rashad Brogdon of Isaac E. Young, is one of many New Rochelle students that the New Rochelle School System is failing. I'm not talking grades, I'm talking about teaching. This poor kid, I feel saddened. Just look at his writing sample on his post titled "work" within this site. This just goes to show you the quality of teaching that our children are receiving here in the South End of New Rochelle. If you take a 7th grader from Albert Leonard Middle School, you will see first hand the differences. It is no secret that the administration funnels the majority of funds to the North End Schools. A person would have to be blind not to see this. The South End Schools need the funding more than the North End Schools. Example: Ward School has 3 photo copy machines while Jefferson has one that's always broken. Why are the kaleidoscope classes’ held at Davis rather then Jefferson. Wouldn't you think that you would want to up the grades at the worst performing school in the district? The teachers, the principles, the New Rochelle Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools should be ashamed of themselves. And the blame doesn't just stop there.

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Temporary Use of Armory Sought by Committee

[this article originally appeared in the Feb. 3, 2009 Westchester Herald]

"Nothing will happen (to the New Rochelle Armory) without the State being the lead agency." These words by Peter Parente at the Save Our Armory (SOA) meeting set the tone on January 26 at the American Legion, Post 8 in New Rochelle. Both Ron Tocci and Peter Parente, co-chairs of the SOA Committee, wanted to get the city to agree on uses for the Armory. Parente mentioned that there are federal grants and loans that could be used to develop a good business plan for the Echo Bay area.

Forest City Ratner's financial problems according to Tocci have caused the company to cancel some of their pending projects. With this possible void, putting a new roof on the Armory might create "a plan that makes sense," Tocci continued. Councilman Lou Trangucci questioned how to validate that Forest City Ratner is "close to bankruptcy." He added the company is "still committed to the project." A neighborhood needs not only a plan to save the building. but also funding. When asked about the stimulus program and funding for the city, Councilman Trangucci suggested that the $10 million project on storm water was a current priority of the city. Parente and Tocci were asked to go on WVOX to explain to the public where the SOA committee is today.

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i think me as a kid that you no if u take time out of a day or to or a week to come to all of the schools in New Rochelle New York. i go to Isaac E Yong Middle school and people should really go around and look at what we do for a day.and i think you should pull like one or two students side and ask want we think about how life is going on right now with Obama as our 2009 president. for the end of that my name is Rashad Brogdon i am in the 7th gradein house 1 thank you for your time

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