IEYMS Web page
Two weeks ago, I received three calls from IEYMS parents who ventured into the nred.org site looking to find IEYMS’ web page. When they found it, they noticed it had little to no information. One parent, out of curiosity, went to the Albert Leonard Middle School site and noticed a slew of up to date and useful information on current after-school activities, teacher’s schedule of when students could seek help and much more. I then sent a note to Mr. Bongo and the Board members encouraging them to update the IEYMS web page. I figure they must have this information already and someone could easily populate the site. Mr. Bongo responded to me the next day indicating that he would look into it. Another day passed, I wrote the Board of Ed and suggested they get on this since little things become big things. No response. I guess I have no influence anymore. A week later, the site remains empty, yet ALMS continues to update their site with vivid colors and much appreciated information for students and parents.
So if you go to the IEYMS school site you will notice the following:
• Parent Support site is empty of any information and was created in January 13, 2009;
• Pupil Services is also empty of any information as it has been since January 13, 2009;
The Chronicle of Higher Education is reporting that Iona College fired two employees after one stole $800,000 over a ten year period and the other helped try to cover up the fraud.
The Roman Catholic college reported on its 2008-9 Internal Revenue Service tax forms that an unnamed employee fraudulently misappropriated $80,000 per year for approximately 10 years. The employee obtained the money though a series of small-dollar transactions, approving a college credit card for personal use and fraudulently signing checks...Iona discovered the transactions during the 2009 fiscal year, and the employee was terminated after the matter was brought to the attention of Brother James A. Liguori, the college's president. Following an investigation, another employee thought to be involved in covering up the fraud was also fired.
When the New Rochelle Board of Education met on September 28, 2010 at Isaac E. Young Middle School to discuss the high school graduation rates, the definition of drop-out was requested. Susan Yom clarified that all students are included as "still enrolled." It was suggested the actual rate could be 2.6% or 4%. It was mentioned that GED's (General Equivalency Diplomas) are included as "still enrolled" at New Rochelle High School. The Superintendent of Schools, Richard Organisciak, added, "You are obligated to keep a child until he or she is at least 17 years old." However, the power point presentation on high school graduation rates titled, "Pathways to Graduation - Middle Schools." highlighted the much higher rate of students who had not graduated in four years.Read more
We decided to create this post as compilation piece on the climate of depraved indifference ever present at Isaac E. Young Middle School. This culture is ignored and tolerated and by default fostered and promoted by the Board of Education of the City School District of New Rochelle. The culture at Isaac E. Young is such that it endangers the moral, physical, emotional and psychological safety of children and other members of its community. We decided to utilize the institutional history and perspective recorded on Talk of the Sound to discuss and highlight this point. Our approach is simply a layperson’s approach to this legal concept.Read more
On Friday, October 1st, Iona Prep received a visit from the family of John Lance Geoghegan '59. After graduating from the Prep, John entered Pennsylvania Military Academy and later fought in the Vietnam War, where he was killed in battle. John's life was depicted in the book, We Were Soldiers Once...and Young. John's wife, Barbara and daughter, Cammie toured Iona Prep and visited the class of history department chair, Mr. Frank Conroy '75. Barbara and Cammie, who live in Virginia, returned to the area because John was being inducted into the Pelham Hall of Honor. Mr. Conroy attended the ceremony and spoke on behalf of Iona Prep.
Wikipedia: Born in Pelham, New York, Geoghegan was the only son of John J. and Camille D. Geoghegan. He married Barbara Weathers Geoghegan on June 13, 1964, and their daughter, Camille Ann Geoghegan, was born on June 8, 1965.
October, 2010, New York, NY – Once again, New Rochelle train commuters will see an extraordinary display of Italian-American heritage with the annual Italian History Month and Columbus Day month-long celebrations when arriving in Manhattan. The Columbus Citizen’s Foundation sponsors the annual event that includes an exhibit in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. During the coming weekend, the celebration includes a gala dinner, wreath-laying at Columbus Circle and culminated by the world-famous Columbus Day parade while celebrating Italian-American heritage on New York's Fifth Avenue since 1929.
This Foundation is a non-profit organization in New York City. They are committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement through a broad range of philanthropic and cultural activities. They provide opportunities for deserving Italian-American students to gain academic advancement with scholarships and grant programs.
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Please notice the resolution being discussed tonight. For those of you who are wondering, please stop by City Hall at 7PM tonight
No. 11-132 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS TO
ATTEND “THE SUPERINTENDENCY AND THE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH
PROCESS” WORKSHOP, SPONSORED BY THE WESTCHESTER-PUTNAM
SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION, ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2010, AND
AUTHORIZING REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL RELATED EXPENSES OF
SUCH ATTENDANCE THEREFOR
Long-time New Rochelle Resident Led Iona From 1971 to 1995
New Rochelle, NY (September 22, 2010) Br. John G. Driscoll, CFC, PhD, who served as Iona College’s sixth President for nearly 25 years, died late yesterday. A graduate of Iona and long-time resident of New Rochelle, Br. Driscoll was Iona’s top administrator from 1971 to 1995. He also served as a professor of mathematics and as a member of Iona’s Board of Legal Trustees.
Iona President Br. James. A. Liguori, CFC, said: “The Iona College community is deeply saddened by the passing of Br. Driscoll who left a rich legacy as an inspired educator, visionary administrator, biblical scholar and as a remarkable human being.” He added: “I was honored to succeed Br. Driscoll as President and build on his nearly quarter of a century of leadership in establishing Iona as one of the country’s leading private Catholic colleges.”Read more