Last night the Board of Trustees of Penn State University announced the termination of Dr. Graham Spanier as University President and Joe Paterno as the Head Football Coach in the wake of a sex abuse scandal that stretches back at least 17 years. In short, school officials and employees knew about the sexual abuse of young boys by a former football coach and responded by taking steps designed to protect the image of the school and their legendary football coach and did nothing at all to protect the children being abused.
While many heads have already rolled -- with more to come -- the Board itself has a lot of explaining to do because ultimately they are responsible for oversight of the administration including the football program.Read more
In the conclusion to a story broken by Talk of the Sound in 2010, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Marie E. Thornton, the former Vice President of Finance for Iona College, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to time served and three years of supervised release with 2,000 hours of community service for embezzling more than $850,000 from the college. Thornton pled guilty to one count of embezzlement on March 9, 2011.
U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood imposed today's sentence.
Wood was nominated for U.S. Attorney General by President Bill Clinton in 1993. During the nominating process it came to light that Judge Wood had a five-day training stint at the London Playboy Club.Read more
After a tumultuous Special PTA meeting on Thursday night at the Trinity Elementary School, and in the face of a hostile reaction to the arrogant demeanor of Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak, members of the school board prevailed upon Organisciak to reverse his decision to remove a popular young teacher from her classroom in order to make way for the recently resigned Assistant Principal.
Nadine Pacheco resigned as Assistant Principal at Trinity last month because she did not have the required administrative license to hold the position at any point during her employment as an administrator in New Rochelle going back to 2007. Pacheco previously held a temporary license which expired in 2005.
The district has been, so far, unable to explain how they hired a person without an administrative license for an administrative position requiring such a license.
Under New York State law, school board members may face misdemeanor charges and fines going back as far as 2004 for hiring and employing as school administrators without state certification.Read more
An open Letter to the New Rochelle Board of Education:
Dear Honorable Elected Members of the New Rochelle Board of Education:
Congratulations and thank you.
Thank you for earnestly listening to the parents of Trinity School. You took the time to hear all concerns. And your President Ms. Petrone served you and the district well by showing sincerity and honestly answering questions.
No doubt, the board saw that Miss Mussolini was being forcibly removed from her classroom without cause. You saw that her pupil’s educational process would be disrupted by this abrupt change. And most importantly, you saw the need to heal the elements of mistrust among the community of parents and educators.
Congratulations. I know from experience that it is not easy to bring all the board members together to override a personnel decision made by your Superintendent of Schools. But your collective decision was based upon understanding all the facts of this sordid case.
By your decision to keep Miss Mussolini in her classroom, you have restored a tremendous level of faith among the parents of Trinity School and possibly throughout the district.Read more
There was not a great deal of agreement at the Special PTA Meeting held at Trinity School last night except all could agree that Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak was overbearing, rude, arrogant and condescending. Business courses in Crisis Management could use a video of Organisciak's performance to demonstrate how not to behave when dealing with community outrage.
The Board of Education members, Superintendent of Schools, and Trinity School Principal held a meeting with the parents association at the school (November 3, 2011) but the issues raised remained unanswered. Entering the school auditorium a set of printed questions set the tone for this meeting requested by the Trinity Parents. Questions about the hiring of Mrs. Nadine :Pacheco in 2007 centered on her lack of state certification which had lapsed previously (in 2005). Who was responsible for checking her credentials and what did Mrs. Pacheco indicate on her job application? Another set of questions concerned the future of Trinity School's administrative staff.Read more
As the New Rochelle Board of Education continues to struggle to explain how an administrator at Trinity Elementary School was hired in 2007 without the required administrative license and continued as administrator despite never obtaining the license, new questions have emerged regarding a second administrator.
Patricia Lambert, principal at the Barnard Elementary School, was recently issued a temporary administrative license, suggesting that she too did not have the required administrative license when she was hired as school principle several years ago and was also permitted to continue to work as an administrator despite never obtaining the required license.
Nadine Pacheco, hired in 2007 as Administrative Assistant (not a secretarial position), had a temporary license which expired in 2005. She is currently without a license and was forced to resign as Assistant Principal last month.
There is no record in the NYSED web site that Lambert ever had a New York State administrative license prior to the week before the current school year began.Read more
UPDATE: Several parents and stakeholders addressed the Board of Education during the public comment period. They express their concerns regarding this situation.
UPDATE: Principal sends out generic robocall regarding PTA meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 3 2011. As indicated below, this is a special meeting that was scheduled to address questions and concerns regarding the Assistant Principal situation at Trinity Elementary School.
UPDATE:The New Rochelle Board of Education will meet tonight at 7 PM at City Hall where the Illegal Hiring of the Trinity Assistant Principal will be addressed.Read more