New Rochelle High School Principal Tied to Grade-Fixing Scandal Was Barred for Life from New York City Schools in 2016 After $100,000 Fraud Investigation

November 28, 2018 - 17:13

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Talk of the Sound has learned that Shadia Alvarez, the House IV Principal at New Rochelle High School, and currently a primary target of a New Rochelle School District investigation into grade-fixing involving Apex Credit Recovery, was effectively barred for life from working in the New York City Public School System following a sustained investigation by The Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District (SCI) into allegations of financial fraud and mismanagement involving unpaid invoices in excess of $100,000.

# Shadia Alvarez photo from 2017 New Rochelle High School Yearbook

Invoices Suggest Grade-Fixing Scandal at New Rochelle High School May Involve Dozens of Students

November 27, 2018 - 21:04

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Invoices obtained by Talk of the Sound under a Freedom of Information (FOIL) Request suggest that as many as 32 students may have been involved in a grade-fixing scandal at New Rochelle High School.

Talk of the Sound began reporting on irregularities with the Apex Credit Recovery program at the high school in 2017. A FOIL request in November 2017 was denied. We first reported on the involvement of House Principal Shadia Alvarez on May 7, 2018. 

Historic Wildcliff Burns in New Rochelle

November 26, 2018 - 23:28

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- As rain and wind lashed the building, flames gutted a 130-year old historic residence perched atop a hill overlooking Long Island Sound in New Rochelle.

Wildcliff is a total loss.

Designed by prominent architect Alexander Jackson Davis in the gothic revival style and built in 1855. The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 31, 2002.

New Rochelle Principal Pissed Reports of Student Violence at Davis Elementary School Made Public

November 26, 2018 - 00:04

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- “I’m pissed about it,” an emotional Anthony Bambrola, Davis Elementary School Principal told a gathering of the PTA on Tuesday — mostly moms, a few dads and one young child.

“But I’m pissed with a purpose,” he added.

“Pissed” about what, and with what purpose, was unclear.

What is clear is that the situation at Davis underscores the longstanding practice of withholding damaging information from the public and other means of deception adopted by Jeff Kehl, the Board of Education and central and building administrators.