For one night anyway, justice prevailed at a New Rochelle Board of Education meeting as an attempt to subvert the New York State civil service law was stopped...for now. Past being prologue, residents can rest assured that like a vampire rising from the grave, this resolution will be tweaked and then brought forward again, most likely at the next BoE meeting scheduled for December 7th.
Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak had sought to bring forward a resolution that would have authorized him to submit a waiver request to the New York State Civil Service Commission. The resolution was the result of a month long effort to concoct yet another pretext to keep Rolf Koehler on the BoE payroll as a security administrator despite having failed to pass a civil service exam last February.Read more
Come one, come all to the Columbus Elementary School where the New Rochelle Board of Education will be presented with a board resolution to give a guy who has been unable to qualify for an administration security position in the New Rochelle public school system but has, on multiple occasions, had special job descriptions crafted to try and make sure that he and only he could get the job.
Rolf Koehler has bounced from waiver to waiver since 2009. His last day with the district was October 30th when his most recent waiver expired. Last year the district put forward three different job descriptions prior to a municipal service exam in February, all part of an elaborate effort to block qualified candidates from beating out Koehler for the position.
Despite their best efforts, Koehler failed the civil service exam. 12 other candidates passed, three were eligible for the position yet none were selected. Instead Koehler was given a new position (Director of Surveillance) and allowed to remain for months beyond what was supposed to be his last day. It was that position that ended on October 30, 2010.Read more
Reunion en el "West End"
Representantes de la comunidad y del gobierno municipal se reuniran este Viernes, 3 de diciembre a las 6:30PM en la Escuela Columbus (275 Washington Ave - Discovery Room). El proposito de esta reunion es para escuchar a la comunidad sobre temas que impactan el barrio oeste de New Rochelle. Traiga sus idea e preguntas para que se discutan con administradores de la ciudad y su regidor elegido.
Esta es su oportunidad para hablar sobre escazes de viviendas, limpieza de nuestras calles, criminalidad e servicios municipales. Traiga a sus vecinos.
New Rochelle, NY -- High school juniors and seniors can “Jumpstart” their college education by earning three college credits at Monroe College in New Rochelle in a special 13-week course, beginning in January 2011 and running through mid-April. The classes are held Saturday mornings and run for about three-and-a-half hours, each week. There is no tuition and textbooks are also given without cost.
“Students will have various courses to choose from, next semester,” said Lisa Scorca, assistant director of admissions and coordinator of the Jumpstart program. “Courses are taught by Monroe College faculty from our various academic disciplines including Business and Accounting, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Allied Health, Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts, and English and Social Sciences.” The final course offerings and start date will be determined by faculty and space availability.Read more
The elocution or a speech making competition is among the most typical competitions for varsity students. So what are the coolest persuasive speech topics for middle school? Read on in finding it out.
Once I was at school , there would always be this one kid annually inside the annual elocution competition, who would belt out that overdone bit about ‘I Have a Dream'. No offense meant to Martin Luther King or his rather soul stirring speech, but I must admit that it used to get slightly too irritating hearing an analogous thing over and over. And I used to think back then, why don't people give you some original persuasive speech topics for middle school as opposed to the done and dusted ones about coming to bury Caesar and not to praise him?Read more
Every employer, including schools, hire folks in similar fashion: Impressive credentials on paper, they interview well and their references check out. Every unionized employer envisions having poor performing employees and because of this, there is always a section in the collective bargaining agreement whereby progressive discipline is in place so that an unsatisfactory employee is warned several times up to and including termination. I have been involved in this process a thousand times in 20 years. Public schools are different, even here in New Rochelle. Since we are not accustomed to firing poor-performing teachers, we don’t even think of doing anything new or different about poor performing teachers. Year after year, principals and senior school administrators endure the cry of parents, students and even their own staff about what to do about these bad teachers. Please note that the overwhelming majority of teachers in our schools are good teachers. I just find it hard to believe that FUSE would honestly say that ALL of the teachers continue to be good after they attain tenure.Read more
Brandon I. Williams of 278 Lincoln Avenue, 18, was arrested Friday November 5th by New Rochelle Police Department and charged with Assault in the 3rd Degree. Witnesses tell Talk of the Sound that Williams viciously assaulted his girlfriend, punching her repeatedly in the face.
Williams is a student at New Rochelle High School where the incident took place.
Exactly how the police got involved is not clear. Talk of the Sound received a message Friday at about 2:30 PM from a source who listens to the police scanner that the dispatcher had put out a call around 1:30 PM about a "fight on the bridge at the high school". The NRPD Event Report says "How Received: SELF INITIATE" which sounds like the victim called the police. In either case the called is listed as ANONYMOUS. Although it is not clear who called the police, what is clear is that school officials did not call the police.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound that Williams was subdued and taken to the high school main office where he again became violent again at which point Williams was taken by police to the New Rochelle Police Station. While in police custody, Williams became violent a third time, sources say.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY (November 5, 2010) Iona College today dedicated the Romita Auditorium and Castle Café at the college’s new Ryan Library in honor of Mauro (“Chris”) Romita, Esq. and the Romita family. Mr. Romita is an Iona alum (class of ’61), business leader and benefactor. The Romita family contributed $100,000 to the new facilities.
At the dedication ceremony attended by New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and other invited guests, Iona College President James A. Liguori, CFC, said: “On behalf of the entire Iona College community who will use these wonderful spaces in the Ryan Library—students, faculty, administrators and guests from our neighboring communities—we extend heartfelt thanks to Chris, his wife, Camille, and other members of the Romita family for their generous gift.”Read more