It is shaping up as another banner week for the New Rochelle school district, one of the most crime-laden school districts in Westchester County.
Former New Rochelle District Employee Vito Costa will be sentenced today in White Plains as part of his guilty plea last April on charges related to working a no-show job for the Buildings and Grounds Department. Despite pleading guilty to working a no-show job, after investigators from the District Attorney's office followed him around for a month watching him do everything but show up for work in New Rochelle, no supervisors were ever charged by the DA or terminated by the District.Read more
At the parent meeting last Wednesday at the Isaac E. Young School, Larraine Karl, a New Rochelle resident went to the podium to ask Mr. Bongo about his qualifications to be the Principal of the school. Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak interrupted the speaker, refusing to let Bongo answer the question, and responded saying that Bongo met the same qualifications of any other principal in New York State and in the district.
Not satisfied with that answer, Bongo, who has largely been kept under wraps by Organisciak since the Jose Martinez scandal was first reported here on Talk of the Sound, gave an answer anyway. He would have better off taking Organisciak's lead and clamming up.Read more
Channel 12 News reporting New Rochelle Police took DNA Samples from Martinez' Office at Isaac Young
Talk of the Sound has learned that an employee at Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle formerly expressed concerns to school district administrators earlier this school year that then-newly appointed Assistant Principal Jose Martinez was taking unusual steps to make his office at the school more private. Martinez requested new locks on both the interior and exterior doors to his office including a special lock on the interior door which connected an foyer-area which served as a waiting room to his actual office. Martinez also covered up the window looking into his office until a shade was installed on the interior door, according to sources.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound that the employee was demoted after filing the complaint and admonished for being a "trouble maker".
Another district employee expressed concerns over the nature of the lock on Martinez door.Read more
The National Board of Governors assemble at the White House last week while still captive of a new sense of urgency created by one of its fellows, a former licensed educator, Governor Chris Gregoire of Washington-state. Governor Gregoire urges in her public policy campaign for the support of all U.S. governors to support college-educated youth and adults. This means as well that “all” stakeholders in education need to support k-20 learner in their preparation to complete their educations and get degreed to compete in the new knowledge driven economy.
According to Governor Gregoire says (http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/10GREGOIREBROCHURE.PDF , “approximately two-thirds of all jobs will require a quality higher education credential or degree. For nearly all Americans, the new path to the middle class runs through college; however, our public institutions are not producing enough college graduates to meet workforce needs.”Read more
A Grand Jury convened by the Westchester District Attorney in White Plains, NY has indicted two New Rochelle High School students for Attempted Armed Robbery - 2nd Degree. According to New Rochelle Police, the pair, Jermaine McCleod, 19, and Rashad Simpson,17 are alleged to have confronted a student in the hallways student at New Rochelle High School, indicated they had a weapon and demanded the students wallet. When the student refused and attempted to walk away, Simpson moved to block the way of the student, preventing him from leaving. The incident ended when a school district employee happened upon the scene.
The incident occurred on February 9th, just a day after McCleod had been caught stealing money from a cash register at the school cafeteria. McCleod and Simpson are well-known to police and prosecutors.Read more
“Operation Safe Stop” part of NYS Initiative
As part of a statewide initiative, the New Rochelle Police Department will participate in Operation Safe Stop on Wednesday, March 30 from 7 am to 4 pm. NRPD officers will target violators throughout the city who fail to stop for stopped school buses.
The purpose of this program is to increase motorist awareness of child safety, and to be aware of the seriousness of failing to stop for the stopped school busses when children are embarking and disembarking and crossing in front of the buses.
This is the third year the City has participated in Operation Safe Stop, part of the Governor’s Traffic Safety STEP grant program. STEP grant funding allows local agencies to participate in selected enforcement programs during the year, including speed enforcement, aggressive driver, stop sign violations and failure to stop for stopped school buses.Read more
The Iona College men's basketball team will host Santa Clara University in the Championship Game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at the Hynes Center on Wednesday (Mar. 30) at 8:00 pm.Read more
Bob Marrone of WVOX has provided Talk of the Sound with audio recording of the New Rochelle Police Press Conference on Arrest of Jose Martinez Friday March 24, 2011
New Rochelle Police Department Press Conference (UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT)
March 25, 2011
Arrest of Jose Martinez, 38, former Dean at Isaac E. Young Middle School and recently promoted Assistant Principal at Jefferson Elementary School, both in New Rochelle, NY.
Deputy Commissioner Anthony Murphy: Wednesday March 23 we received a formal complaint that a New Rochelle school district administrator was having a relationship with a 14 year-old. The matter was investigated and last evening detectives arrested Jose Martinez, age 38, of 205 Elliot Street, Brentwood, NYRead more