F.U.S.E. President Martin Daly, in a newsletter communication to union members, wrote that recent parent meetings at Jefferson Elementary School and Isaac E. Young Middle School were painful but essential if "the district, staff members, parents and students are going to rebuild the trust that has been badly shaken by the allegations against Mr. Martinez."
In the newsletter, Daly said that many parents who spoke at the meetings supported the school district but there was some "serious criticism" for the way in which district administrators communicated with parents. The district relied almost entirely on their "CONNECT ED" system where automated calls are made to deliver pre-recorded messages. Many parents claimed that they never received any “robo calls” despite having provided their phone numbers to their child's school.
The newsletter also contained a carefully worded statement on who knew what and when.Read more
Jerome Planter, 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 2008 as required for civil servants in New Rochelle. Planter's official start date was November 20, 2008. To qualify, Planter claimed to reside on Drake Avenue in New Rochelle when he actually resided in Co-Op City in the Bronx. Any paperwork presented to the Civil Service Commission at the time of his hire would have been falsified.Read more
A parent from Jefferson wrote the following email which I have reprinted here with permission:
I am writing you this correspondence in support of your efforts and actions covering the Martinez case. I am one of the concerned Jefferson parents. My son is in kindergarten and I have had numerous interactions with Mr. Martinez during the past year. Like many of the Jefferson and Isaac Young parents, I trusted him, and am now shocked at the allegations, particularly because I am the father of a young boy. I am also a lifelong product of New Rochelle schools - starting at Mayflower, then Albert Leonard, and then the High School, and I returned to New Rochelle with my family so that my son could go to New Rochelle schools, so this incident is particularly disturbing.
A Grand Jury convened by the Westchester District Attorney in White Plains, NY has indicted two New Rochelle High School students for Attempted Armed Robbery - 2nd Degree. According to New Rochelle Police, the pair, Jermaine McCleod, 19, and Rashad Simpson,17 are alleged to have confronted a student in the hallways student at New Rochelle High School, indicated they had a weapon and demanded the students wallet. When the student refused and attempted to walk away, Simpson moved to block the way of the student, preventing him from leaving. The incident ended when a school district employee happened upon the scene.
The incident occurred on February 9th, just a day after McCleod had been caught stealing money from a cash register at the school cafeteria. McCleod and Simpson are well-known to police and prosecutors.Read more
Bob Marrone of WVOX has provided Talk of the Sound with audio recording of the New Rochelle Police Press Conference on Arrest of Jose Martinez Friday March 24, 2011
New Rochelle Police Department Press Conference (UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT)
March 25, 2011
Arrest of Jose Martinez, 38, former Dean at Isaac E. Young Middle School and recently promoted Assistant Principal at Jefferson Elementary School, both in New Rochelle, NY.
Deputy Commissioner Anthony Murphy: Wednesday March 23 we received a formal complaint that a New Rochelle school district administrator was having a relationship with a 14 year-old. The matter was investigated and last evening detectives arrested Jose Martinez, age 38, of 205 Elliot Street, Brentwood, NYRead more
In his most recent F.U.S.E. Newsletter, F.U.S.E. Union President Martin Daly comments on the arrest Friday of Jose Martinez. Daly works at the Isaac E. Young Middle School where Martinez was employed as Dean for the previous four years.Read more
Michael Galland, Math and Technology Chair at Isaac E. Young Middle School made a series of phone calls to school staff on Sunday afternoon requesting they report to the school building by 8:00 a.m. Monday morning for a meeting scheduled to begin at 8:10 a.m. with Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and Principal Anthony Bongo.
The topic will likely be the arrest Friday of Jose Martinez, former Administrative Dean at Isaac. E. Young Middle School and most recently Assistant Principal at Jefferson Elementary School. Martinez was arrested on charges of Sexual Molestation -- 2nd Degree.
Click to hear Voice Mail Message.
UPDATE: word coming of other similar meetings including at Jefferson tomorrow. If you are at any of these meetings and have a smart phone with a recorder please try to capture the audio from the meeting and send it along.Read more