Ken Regan appeared before the New Rochelle Board of Education for the final time as Principal of William B. Ward Elementary School after 22 years of service. Incoming Principal Franco Miele was on hand with his family. The Board of Education offered their thanks for Regan's service and welcomed Miele. Mary Jane Reddington and Diedre Polow shared their memories of interviewing Mr. Regan when he was hired in 1998.
Asked if he had any parting words for parents at Ward School, Regan told Talk of the Sound, "I'm leaving but I'm not leaving the planet". Regan turned more serious when talking about his successor.
"Mr. Miele has energy and the ability to relate to children," said Regan. "15 staff at Ward approved him".
Asked what he felt was most important about his time at Ward, Regan talked about the Mary Campbell Peace Pole at Ward and wanted to remind parents and students that Ward's designation as the "Peace Magnet" school is not something to be taken lightly.Read more
For the 2009-10 school year, the New Rochelle Board of Education stated that the average per-pupil cost in New Rochelle was $20,923. Is that really true? Doubtful.
Here is a link to the City School District of NeW Rochelle 2010-11 Preliminary Budget
Here is a video explaining the types of items schools districts hide.
Any bean-counters out there who would like to calculate the ACTUAL per-pupil cost for New Rochelle using the tips provided in the above video?
Show your work!Read more
Part of what I do is being a TV reporter. My report on the final days of mainline steam railroading in the world that occurred in Inner Mongolia, China is being rebroadcast (schedule below) for the entire month of August, 2010. It is one of my top news stories and I was a finalist for the Telly Award's top prize in my category. Feel free to circulate this advisory to your friends, family and colleagues.
As a New Rochelle resident, I am posting this media advisory on the Talk Of The Sound'.
If you would like to see more of my journalistic efforts, visit my own blog at: http://railientrails.blogspot.com/
Joseph M. Calisi
TELEVISION STATION AND CHANNEL/TIME SLOTS
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Ch. 25 12 noon every Wednesday
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Ch. 76 4:00pm every Tuesday
Cablevision of Westchester
Ch. 71 10:00pm every Thursday
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Cablevision So. Westchester
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The Board of Education last night addressed the critical issue of our low high school graduation. The tone was set by an air of annoyance that we were even discussing this issue and then it moved to one of “we knew this all along”. It concluded with a PowerPoint presentation highlighting what we all know and with no new information: After Mr. Hastie asked what new programs had been implemented this past year; Mr. Conetta found it difficult to identify any new programs except for the introduction of software that tracked students. No new Ideas. No Vision. No realization that perhaps thinking outside the box is a welcomed endeavor. No hard questions from the Board Members. While they presented a careful recompilation of items that presumably benefit the Hispanic students, what about the African-American students? Nothing! Then there was the overall graduation rate of 66% - 66%. It was embedded in a myriad of other statistics intentionally placed to hide and distract from the issue. Was it discussed at length and conclusively? NO. It was simply mentioned in passing as if embarrassed that it was even there. There were questions during the presentation by the Board Members, but none were allowed by the community present. There was a chart on ethnicity of our school children. I wanted to ask who decided the ethnicity of our children. School officials? Who?Read more
The Board of Education, which has spent months assiduously pushing off a discussion of the pathetically low minority graduations rates reported by the New York State Education Department last March, will meet tonight at a date and time best suited to insuring minimal turnout. And based on the reaction (or lack thereof) among the minority community in New Rochelle perhaps they are right. Perhaps if you live in the South End and are the parent of a black or latino child and are too disinterested to show up and express some concern of there being a 50-50 chance your kids will not graduate on time then maybe your kids really do deserve to be treated like cattle, penned into low-functioning abattoirs they call classrooms, and then "processed" like so much meat, in time to make room for the next batch.Read more
For the very first time, the New Rochelle School Board will address the critical issue of high school graduation. As many of you already know, through the Talk of the Sound, our graduation rate is one of the lowest in Westchester County. The School has never addressed it until I kept bringing it up publicly. The statistics are dramatic, particularly for our children of color. The school will probably avoid the issue and present old ideas that have never worked and more importantly, they will present issues such as how many of our students go to college and where they go. Of course, this does not address the issue, but it is a typical way, as customary, that they will avoid the real issue. Come and watch for your self on Tuesday July 27th at 7PM at 515 North Avenue - 2nd floor. Let's see how transparent our Board of Education really is and how courageous they can be with the facts.Read more
Almost two years ago we reported on the number of students invited to the Full Day Kaleidoscope (gifted and talented program) by building in “South End Schools Shortchanged Again-Kaleidoscope Program.” We decided to re-visit the topic to see if the opportunities to participate in this program had improved for children attending South End schools. This year, a total of 65 students from all elementary schools were invited to the Full Day Kaleidoscope program hosted at Webster Elementary School.
The number of third grade students from each school invited to participate in the 2010-2011 Full Day Kaleidoscope is as follow:
North End Schools
South End Schools