Take a stand and vote NO tomorrow. We've all been here before. Another school budget is before us and as ususal the School Board and the PTAs are out pushing for us to vote yes on a budget that's supposed to increase our taxes by 3.8%. I say supposed to increase by 3.8% because last years budget that we approved was supposed to increase our taxes by 3.2%, yet when I look at my tax bills the actual rate of increase was 6.7% so I'm thinking the budget writers are a bunch of morons that didn't make it through Calculus.
My property taxes are going through the roof and the majority of it is for the school and so are your tax bills. I mean no harm to the school district. I have kids in various grades, but if I can't afford to live hear because of skyrocketing school taxes then they won't be going to New Rochelle schools anymore.
If the budget is voted down, we'll get to vote once more on a new budget or the school board can present the same budget. This happened 10 years or so ago. The board simply presented the exact same budget that was voted down, not even with a small reduction, but they were able to rally the troops to get enough support to pass the budget. I started thinking it seemed rigged to me but that was 10 years ago and now we're at another budget juction.Read more
Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson was on hand Thursday, May 12, to help kick off a new bike program at Beth El Synagogue Center’s Nursery School. The Nursery School recently purchased new bikes and helmets for their 3- and 4-year old classes. The little bikes without pedals, called “Strider Bikes,” are developmentally appropriate bicycles for nursery school aged children. The children learn to balance and glide without the added step of pedaling. Since the program started, some of the children have already had asked their parents to take off the training wheels at home.
What would you do with an extra $115,000?
New Rochelle schools have full day kindergarten across the entire city. There is no mid-day dismissal at all in New Rochelle. So, why do we still have 18 crossing guards working a two hour lunch shift? There are no children to cross.
In mid December I was home from work on a Friday and walked to the deli for a sandwich. I exchanged a few words with our crossing guard and continued on. He is a great crossing guard, works hard, is friendly to the children and is no nonsense to the drivers. But soon I wondered if we have full day kindergarten now, why is he at his post at lunch? I looked around. There were absolutely no children to cross.Read more
At New Rochelle High School last night we enjoyed a rollicking musical performance of Big River - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A very strong cast of performers confidently and deftly sang song after song in this show based on the 1860 American classic by Mark Twain. The strongest performer was Huck Finn played by Isaac Assor who was utterly convincing as the vagabond boy. The entire group captured the audience with their first large cast number of the night "Do You Wanna Go to Heaven" with a strong music number choreographed with dozens of wooden spoons.
Even the overture was enjoyable with harmonica music and a wonderful violinist (student Sarah Kenner) playing Bluegrass riffs. The alcoholic dad was portrayed convincingly by Matt Moliterno, who takes his son away from two relatives who were raising him to live in a shack in the woods, all in an effort to take his sons money. Here is the boy in a difficult situation, forced to run away to protect his own welfare. Soon he hooks up with Jim, an escaped slave, played perfectly by Freedom Weekes, spot on. Jim and Huck Finn perform a duet "Muddy Waters" that captivated the audience. It was a perfect balance of song.Read more
New Rochelle had 12 elementary school districts until some schools were closed due to low enrollment and other factors.
Watch this animation for how the districts merged when the schools were closed.Read more
New Rochelle resident Jared Bergman (NRHS '07) passed away yesterday, March 26. He was a junior at the University of Rhode Island.
Bergman was a large sports fan, baseball and basketball being his favorites. He also gave swimming lessons at the Jewish Community Center of Scarsdale.
EDIT (3/29) : Funeral services will take place on Monday, March 29 at Beth-El Synagogue Center, 1324 North Avenue, at 10 a.m.
Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, April 1, from 2-8 p.m. at the home of Leon and Rosalyn Darefsky, 164 Thistle Pond Drive, Bloomfield, CT. An evening Minyan service will be held at 7 p.m.
Donations in Jared's memory may be sent to the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence 265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801, where a scholarship fund is being created.Read more
On Friday, March 12th, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined by New Rochelle Superintendent Richard Organisciak, school officials and students, presented a $100,000 grant to the New Rochelle School District.
The money will be used to fund the expansion of the district’s SmartMusic program, giving elementary students new opportunities to learn how to play a musical instrument and improve their vocal performances.
“Programs like SmartMusic not only enrich children’s lives but enhance their arts education with lessons and skills that bring joy to their day and for some, the building blocks of a future career," said Klein.
New Rochelle High School launched the SmartMusic program in December 2008. Through performance learning software, students at all skill levels play instruments or sing with professional accompaniments. The program offers a variety of styles for band or string orchestra, brass, percussion, strings or vocal. Teachers assign students different exercises electronically and students complete them either in school or at home.Read more
Representing Bronx and Westchester Counties
From the Desk of State Senator Jeff Klein…
Funding Our Children’s Future
Dear Westchester Residents:
Ensuring that all children in New York State have access to a high quality education has always a top priority for me, regardless of our state’s budgetary situation. Providing vital and necessary funding to our public schools is our responsibility. At the same time, we cannot ignore the needs of the more than half a million children who attend New York’s religious and independent schools. These schools provide a valuable and vibrant education for students and do so at a considerable savings to New Yorkers’ hard earned tax dollars.Read more