At the New Rochelle Board of Education meeting last week, Dr. Jeffrey Korostoff presented his "Goals and Objectives" for 2010-11. Korostoff gave a full-throated defense of the New Rochelle school system that was largely predicated in dismissing the testing data from last Spring and presenting his own set of data that he felt was more "fair". As has become a trend now, he specifically went after the movie "Waiting for Superman", referencing data that he said showed New Rochelle schools were doing better than a charter school in Harlem that was a focus of the film documentary. The exact same argument was made by Yigal Joseph, Principal at Columbus Elementary School, at the previous BoE meeting.Read more
The Remington Boys & Girls Club on Guion Place in New Rochelle hosted last month an unusual gathering of public school administrators and staff, church leaders and community leaders. Over 100 people came together to learn more about the New Rochelle High School Mentoring Program. The presentation inspired about 40 people to sign up as mentors.
After some brief remarks by Tina Mitchell, the Remington Club Activities Director, Quay Watkins the Executive Director of the New Rochelle Boys & Girls Club and an Invocation by Pastor Mott of the Family Christian Center, staff and administrators from New Rochelle High School addressed the group about a program developed 8 years ago to reach out to students who were falling through the cracks and support them with one-on-one intervention.Read more
Talk of the Sound has obtained an internal email from Patricia Lambert, Principal of Barnard Elementary School, to faculty and staff at the school that paints a very different picture of the "Barnard Intruder" incident than what is being communicated to parents of students.
Last month school officials failed to follow security procedures when an unknown person was encountered repeatedly walking around the building and later found hiding in a classroom closet. The school then lied to parents, telling them via robo-calls and letters sent home with students that the man was observed outside the building and left before police arrived. In fact, the man was in the school for 3 to 4 hours and even after the man was found hiding in a closet, Patricia Lamber, the school principal, refused to call police and instead insisting that custodial staff search for the intruder. It was only after the staffers refused to conduct a search that Lambert called the police -- several hours after the intruder was first found walking around the building. The story was first reported by Talk of the Sound.Read more
You want boring? Try watching hours of New York State Civil Service Commission video tapes looking for mentions of New Rochelle. We watch so you don't have to! What we found so far is that the New York State Civil Service Commission discussed three items regarding New Rochelle at their meeting on September 15, 2010.
Two short clips and one longer one -- the first shows how the District ignored the State on direction to pick from the eligibility list, the second shows how the City's Civil Service Commission flat out ignored the State. The last is on Daniele but we left in the whole 4 minutes because it also helps explain a key part of the NYS Civil Service law.Read more
Meeting records from the September 2010 meeting of the New York State Civil Service Commission obtained by Talk of the Sound reveal that the CSC gave the City School District of New Rochelle just six weeks to select a new security administrator to replace Rolf Koehler from the Eligibility List created by the City of New Rochelle on May 12, 2010. The school district refused to select anyone from the list. After the deadline passed, school officials engaged in repeated efforts to violate New York State law and the thumb their nose at the ruling of the New York State Civil Service Commission. Those efforts continue to this day.Read more
The following are remarks I made to the Board of Education at the most recent Board of Education meeting on December 7, 2010. The speech was meant to address the scheduled vote on Resolution 11-183. Minutes before the scheduled vote, the Board announced that Resolution 11-183 was being pulled from consideration without explanation. Based on past performance, the Board of Education discussed the matter during an Executive Session prior to the public meetings. The declared purpose of the executive session was to discuss a student appeal. It is illegal under New York State's Open Meeting Law to do anything other than discuss the declared subject of an executive session during executive session and, of course, to discuss public business in executive session. Such illegal meetings are routine for the New Rochelle Board of Education and this past meeting appears to have been no exception.
Now, to my remarks made last Tuesday:
Before the Board considers Resolution 11-183 it would be instructive to look back to understand WHY, precisely, this matter ever came before the Board of Education in the first place.
BREAKING NEWS: Tonight the BoE pulled Resolution 11-183. The Board said they were referring the matter to the City of New Rochelle to review the language in the job description.
This is going to be a long article so pull up a chair, get comfortable and put on your thinking caps. If, at the end, you are as disgusted as I am about what the school district is doing here, considering showing up tonight and speaking our or, at least, bearing silent witness to the travesty of justice scheduled for tonight.
A few new disclosures in this article: (1) I was able to review the Eligibility List for the "Safety and Security" Civil Service Exam given in February which shows that Rolf Koehler was not on the eligibility list; (2) a draft copy of formal complaint sent to the New York State Municipal Service Commission by "concerned citizens; (3) the informed claim that the school district did not interview candidates for the open security administrator position. OK? Here we go...Read more