For one night anyway, justice prevailed at a New Rochelle Board of Education meeting as an attempt to subvert the New York State civil service law was stopped...for now. Past being prologue, residents can rest assured that like a vampire rising from the grave, this resolution will be tweaked and then brought forward again, most likely at the next BoE meeting scheduled for December 7th.
Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak had sought to bring forward a resolution that would have authorized him to submit a waiver request to the New York State Civil Service Commission. The resolution was the result of a month long effort to concoct yet another pretext to keep Rolf Koehler on the BoE payroll as a security administrator despite having failed to pass a civil service exam last February.Read more
Come one, come all to the Columbus Elementary School where the New Rochelle Board of Education will be presented with a board resolution to give a guy who has been unable to qualify for an administration security position in the New Rochelle public school system but has, on multiple occasions, had special job descriptions crafted to try and make sure that he and only he could get the job.
Rolf Koehler has bounced from waiver to waiver since 2009. His last day with the district was October 30th when his most recent waiver expired. Last year the district put forward three different job descriptions prior to a municipal service exam in February, all part of an elaborate effort to block qualified candidates from beating out Koehler for the position.
Despite their best efforts, Koehler failed the civil service exam. 12 other candidates passed, three were eligible for the position yet none were selected. Instead Koehler was given a new position (Director of Surveillance) and allowed to remain for months beyond what was supposed to be his last day. It was that position that ended on October 30, 2010.Read more
Geeta Singh, a part-time school security guard working for the New Rochelle Board of Education, did not live in New Rochelle at the time he applied for a job through the New Rochelle Municipal Service Commission in 2009 as required for civil servants in New Rochelle. When informed of this during the last school year, the Board of Education failed to investigate the allegation but sent a letter to the complainant claiming they had done so.
Singh, sources say, resigned from his previous position in 2009 rather than be terminated by his former employer, the College of New Rochelle, following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.
The New Rochelle Board of Education was made aware of questions about Singh's residency in a letter sent to School Board President Sara Richmond on January 8, 2010. In her response dated January 10th, Ms. Richmond stated that the district had looked into the matter and was satisfied that Singh lived in New Rochelle.
The matter has been investigated by the City School District of New Rochelle's Human Resources Department and it appears to the best of our knowledge that this person has a valid New Rochelle address.Read more
The Westchester District Attorney's office is investigating the New Rochelle Department of Works over falsified billing records running into the tens of thousands of dollars and possibly much more, Talk of the Sound has learned. The investigation, which began in New Rochelle, has now expanded to Long Island.
The investigation began with a suspicious $12,000 invoice for maintenance and repair services on a City garbage truck submitted by an approved City vendor, a Long Island company that services industrial vehicles. Two independent evaluations of the vehicle concluded that no work had been done.
The Westchester DA's office issued a no-comment statement. "We don't discuss - by either confirming or denying - the existence of an investigation", said DA Spokesman Lucien Chalfen.. It is worth noting that for several weeks the DA's office did not respond to repeated request for information regarding this matter.Read more
Who is in charge of the maintenance of the Trinity Elementary School fields? Is it the city of New Rochelle or the New Rochelle School District Buildings and Grounds? City Council? BOE?
Who can a person call? Email? Write a letter? Ask? To fix these fields?
For the 2009-10 school year, the New Rochelle Board of Education stated that the average per-pupil cost in New Rochelle was $20,923. Is that really true? Doubtful.
Here is a link to the City School District of NeW Rochelle 2010-11 Preliminary Budget
Here is a video explaining the types of items schools districts hide.
Any bean-counters out there who would like to calculate the ACTUAL per-pupil cost for New Rochelle using the tips provided in the above video?
Show your work!Read more
The lie that parents, taxpayers and the community at large will be told as students come back to school in the fall is that the State tests are "new", "unfair", "not representative", "purposely designed to confuse", and otherwise dismissed or discounted. Don't believe it. Instead, the NYSED has finally created a test and scored it based on standards that approach national standards as indicated by the National Assessment of National Progress (NAEP), a national test which randomly tests students at all levels on a variety of metrics from every state.
The truth is in the chart above (provided by NYSED).
In an effort to convince the public that students are learning in our public schools, the State Officer of Assessment has worked very hard to make very easy tests. The result, a sharp deviation from the national norm indicated in the chart above; otherwise known as grade inflation.Read more