Can someone out there explain why there are fifth grade classes at Trinity with 29 students? 29 students!! This year there are only six 5th grade teachers, due to a rearrangement of staff for full day kindergarten. Last year there were seven 5th grade classes. The 2 CILA classes have only 18.
On the school matters website, for Trinity, it says 14.6 students per class, on average: http://www.schoolmatters.com/schools.aspx/q/page=dl/did=12664/midx=CPCla...
On the NY state website, it lists the average Trinity class size at 21: https://www.nystart.gov/publicweb-rc/2007/17/AOR-2007-661100010008.pdf
This website puts Trinity's avg. class size at 15.2:
What is the district contract? Can anyone provide a snippet? What gives here? This school just feels overcrowded. Can anyone reply with other elementaries in the district with classes this size?Read more
I heard Bob Cox on WVOX this morning where he highlighted one the reasons he developed the New Rochelle Talk of the Sound. While I may not agree with much of the comments on the blog, I do understand and agree with his generalization that many parents in our school district are stifle, ignored, and simply discouraged from getting involved or much less advocating for their children in some schools. While I do agree that we have many good teachers and caring administrators, there are many occasions when something is wrong and if you complain, there is Fort Apache attitude of How Dare You Complain. In being suggestive or critical of some school misgiving, parents are punished, blacklisted, and in some cases as Mr. Cox, physically prevented from entering our school grounds. Note: Mr. Cox has a mission against the school district and it’s epic! Yet, his saga began by simply advocating for his child, when he was right, and the school district began a costly legal campaign to derail, discourage and silence him. Well, he won and the school district and Taxpayer lost. All he wanted was a simple correction and a well deserved apology.Read more
At the last New Rochelle Board of Education budget hearings, I remember the BOE getting questions from one of it's board members about excessive funding for private school transportation using our money. It seemed at the time that this amount was several million dollars of waste. I also recall that no one on the board wanted to even address the issue and felt embarrassed, particularly Dee Pollow and Cindy Deutsch, corrupt and delusional members of the board.
Now my concern is that if we are going to begin the process of smacking the community with excessive taxes, let's look at the BOE and how they spend our money. If we are spending 2 or 3 million dollars on private transportation to catholic schools and yeshivas, and we are not getting reimbursed one penny, we must eliminate this free ride to private schools. It's an unfair and unethical use of public funds!!!! Taxpayers are paying for public schools and public services that benefit the community as a whole. We are not paying or subsidizing religious education because of political correctness or because of under the table agreements that were never made public. This is a waste and unnecessary. It is because of this reason alone that the next year's budget needs to be reviewed carefully.Read more
On December 13th, Mayor Noam Bramson will orchestrate a fund-raiser so that he can get elected mayor again next year.
This Mayor has marginalized this community since he was elected; since he was appointed. He is, by all indications, the most corrupt mayor in the history of New Rochelle. He has disenfranchised the working class by empowering developers to displace them at all cost, particularly by lining his pockets with money. He has no interest in moving any closer to uniting the diverse community in New Rochelle; His lip service to diversity issues and carefully created soundbites are beyond annoying, they're lies. His current ride as Mayor is simply a path to higher office. Through his corrupt ways, he will get there at our expense leaving a trail of incomplete projects and a debt that all of us will have to pay for years to come. His dictatorial management style bemoans his public persona of being joyful and medicated. He is a janus personified. So on Dec 13th, instead of sending him a check, send him something else. Pay him a visit at his function. Give him a piece of your mind. Ask him hard questions publicly at the City Council Meetings. Remember your City taxes will be going up by at least 10% - 10% - 10%. Is that ok with you?
The Journal News
November 10, 2009
NEW ROCHELLE — The city manager is calling for freezing 31 vacant jobs, suspending raises, and delaying equipment spending under his $144 million budget proposal for 2010.
Despite cutting $9 million in spending, the city still plans to raise property taxes 8.9 percent. The increase means taxes for the average home, valued at $700,000, would go up $257.
Like other municipalities, the city has less revenue due to a drop in sales and property tax income and also is seeing an increase in pension costs, said City Manager Charles Strome.
The city would save $3 million by keeping 31 positions vacant. Those include nine positions in the Police Department, eight in the Department of Public Works, seven in the Fire Department, four in administration, and three more in Buildings and Parks and Recreation departments.
New Rochelle fire union president Byron Gray worried about the vacancies, which he said actually amounted to nine firefighters. He said fire department staffing has not kept up with new development in the city.
"We have a lot of high-rise buildings and we just need more men on duty," Gray said.
The city also expects to save an additional $1 million by planning for 10 to 12 new vacancies next year that will be left unfilled.Read more
In New York State, the Department of Education asserts that a school district is making progress if 55% of its students graduate from high school. 55%! This is progress? It is what schools aspire to attain. It is what schools do. Is it a service to our children and our community that so few graduate and graduate on time? Let’s look at some numbers. Our New Rochelle High School has over 3400 students. It’s fair to say that there are 850 kids in each of the four grades there. Yet, only 65% of the Latino and 71% of African-American children graduate on or near 4 years upon entering the 9th grade. Note that Latino and African-American children make up 60% of our school population!Read more
The cost of illegal housing to the taxpayers is in the million. Many of the homes being used as multi-family residences are single family houses being used as 2 or 3 family or 2 family houses being used as 3 or 4 family houses. These owners are paying very little in property taxes and school taxes, however, they have multiple families with many children in the school system. They reap the benefit of large rent rolls and the rest of the tax payers gets stuck paying their bills. Some of these houses pay as little as 2500.00 a year in taxes yet have 3 families with 9 kids in the school system at a cost of over 100k a year. It's a tough situation to remedy because some of the city hall bigs own some of these properties. An easy start would be to cross reference the property records with school records. It should take a matter of minutes in a database query. If you have a 2 family house that has 4 families using that address in the school system = RED FLAG. a single family with 2 or 3 families using it as an address in the school system = RED FLAG. It's a start.Read more
A short while ago two of us went to visit Isaac E. Young middle school. Our purpose was to find out about the instruction in the classroom. The guard told us the principal was "in a meeting," but when presented with the fact that George Imburgia had been given permission to visit the schools by Superintendent of Schools, Richard Organisciak, we were escorted by a guard to the Principal, Anthony Bongo.
We inquired about Isaac's test scores which are lower than Albert Leonard's. When Mr. Bongo denied these differences in the scores, we asserted they had been presented by Robert Cox at the last school board meeting. Bongo then called Organisciak and the lower scores were verified. I was then directed to Laura Marinara, chairperson of Humanities. She pulled up the language arts scores on her computer and then discussed instructional improvements that have been made at the school, emphasizing teaching strategies and techniques used to raise reading scores. I told her my personal view that for students to understand what they are reading that knowing the content and vocabulary was important and should be emphasized along with techniques. She was receptive to my conversation.