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.
If you read Aman's latest attempt at journalism, http://www.lohud.com/article/20090911/NEWS02/909110329/-1/SPORTS/New%20R... ,I wonder if you come away with the same questions I did. Closing a pool because of safety issues "in cooperation with the Westchester County Board of Health" . What does that really mean ? If it's dangerous enough to warrant closing the pool , why was it kept open to allow the summer programs to continue. This is very disturbing to think the school board would put "summer programs" above the safety of the people using the pool. Who would have been responsible if something happened to a swimmer ? Was the district exposing itself (the taxpayers) to more law suits as a result of their negligence? We may never know since it would seem Mr Ali can't seem to form a simple question. So what did he really report ? Was it really that dangerous ? How did the B of Ed hold off the Board of Health ? Was delaying the work cost effective to the taxpayer or did it cause added expense by requiring an alternate location to be secured for the swimmers ? How did the bidding process apply .It can't be considered emergency work if they knew about it since the end of the last school year. Who is performing the work ? Was anybody in danger as they used a pool that is non compliant from a safety standpoint ?Read more
The information you are requesting leaves no room for redirection or obfuscation should that information be released to the public. Sad but true , I wouldn't hold your breath while waiting for those answers .
Regarding the statement about the 2 million dollar surplus . Just what are we to imply about that ? Are the residents of Avalon secretly paying the costs of their children's education out of pocket ? If we convert all of the housing in NR to senior housing wouldn't we eliminate all "costs associated with the children's education" ? Why , we could actually get rid of the whole school system and cut our taxes by 70 % (assuming seniors won't have any more school age kids). Every family in New Rochelle is providing a revenue surplus by not having another child . Such a deal !
Isn't it ridiculous ? Besides , the 2 mill dollar surplus fantasy is more than offset by the huge Tax abatement given to these sites , meaning we are actually getting nothing in revenue from the properties ? Approaching a BILLION dollars in development (Avalon 1&2 , Trump , New Roc) and the city is struggling . Revenues basically the same as pre development and this was true before the economic downturn .Read more
In reading a little dity from the website www.donteatpoop.com , apparently Aramark and the Eastchester Schools have shared an "experience". The food service vendor of choice for the New Rochelle School System seems to have been fined $3,450.00 for "serious and minor violations ". The violations occured between Dec . 18th and May 22nd , 2008 . I guess the nearly half million dollar settlement from New Rochelle BdofEd will help ease the pain . Read the story at www.donteatpoop.com/inspect%20arch/2008/May%202008.htmlRead more
You can't make this stuff up . Read this paragraph again from the Marty Daly investigation post:
So, if you are a parent with a concern about a particular teacher and seek to raise that concern up the chain of command within the District you will ultimately find yourself dealing with Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and then Board of Education now run by Sara Richmond and Chrisanne Petrone. Defending that teacher will be the President of F.U.S.E., Marty Daly. If you seek to enlist the support of the New Rochelle PTA you will find yourself in front of...Marty Daly. If you try to go up the chain of command within the PTA you will find yourself in front of...Chrisanne Petrone.
Do you hear that little voice again telling you somethings wrong here ? We're being strangled by the ploy of the week .
Now read this excerpt from Section 74 Code of Ethics of the NYS Commission on Public Integrity:Read more
Can you imagine anyone better suited to advocate on their childs behalf than a parent ? Is it possible to have the perspective needed if you haven't raised a child yourself , afterall , there's no substitute for experience . Then how in the world does Martian Daly wind up as the president of the PTA ? Doesn't that seem odd ? What does he do , call his mother for advice ?
-Why does Martian Daly teach only one class ?
-How does Martian Daly justify the needs of the PTA and the needs of the union members of the district?
-Should the purpose of the PTA be combined with the growth of the unions ?
-Unions , by nature , expect growth and strength , who keeps that in check ?
-Why are the children the last priority in the FUSE mission statement?
-How is it that FUSE campaigns for BoE candidates ?
-Who gives FUSE the right to be involved in approving BoE candidates ? There has been NO-ONE from outside of the inbred circle of the union who has EVER had the least amount of support , but if you bend over and spout the union line , your support will be endless . How will anybody ever have a chance for reform ?Read more
It's no small responsibility bestowed upon the press when it comes to letting the public know about the condition of the world they live in . Without proper reporting , the facts get lost , the information is distorted , and the public becomes disoriented as to how those in charge are representing the public good . At the extreme end you have the government controlled press that "edits" information in countries like China , North Korea , Iran , and even the old U.S.S.R . So how far removed is it when a reporter only copies the commentary of someone in charge of 70% of our tax burden . Maybe it's not the national policy at stake , but some might contend , it's the local level issues that have the greatest effect on our quality of life .Read more
I am beginning to explore the possibility of opening a public charter school in New Rochelle. I'm currently a NYC school leader and former charter school director (also of a school in NYC) who resides in New Rochelle. The idea of a charter school in New Rochelle intrigues me, especially in light of the changing demographics of New Rochelle and the apparent unrest amongst our community with the direction of the New Rochelle School District. A well run charter school could bring innovation to education in this city, as well as provide competition to the established schools, thus improving the overall quality or our schools.
In the long run, lower property taxes could result as well if charter schools prove to operate more efficiently. From what I read in these blogs, some of the positions/expenses that this city is incurring are outrageous. Is it true that we employ a full time locksmith AND a carpenter (obviously, these are functions that can be outsourced rather easily)? If this is true, is waste also occurring within the schools themselves and the administrative offices?Read more