Under pressure from all sides to reign in out-of-control school spending, New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak appears to be losing his mind. This week Organisciak not only insulted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo but attacked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with a school yard taunt, mocking the heavy set chief executive of the Garden State as "Krispy Kreme".
Organisciak, whose base salary for the 2010/2011 school year is $263,250, wasn’t done. He referred to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who also has spoken out against superintendent salaries, as “Krispy Kreme” and said Cuomo couldn’t be “King Cuomo the Second.”
The New Rochelle Board of Education will begin the 2011-2012 Budget Process tonight with the first of two Community Budget Forum and Input Session at the New Rochelle High School library. The events will take place on Thursday, February 10th at 7pm and Wednesday, March 2nd, also at 7pm.
For the first time, there will be a live broadcast. The meetings will also be broadcast live on NRED TV at Cablevision Channel 77 and Verizon Channel 30 and over the web on the nred.org web site. Talk of the Sound has been calling for live TV broadcasts of Board of Education meetings for years, others longer. Board members Deidre Polow and Mary Jane Reddington, among others, have opposed televising BoE meetings.
In March and April there will be a series of Budget Review Sessions. The Budget Vote & Election will take place in May.Read more
The Board of Education has posted something they are calling a New Rochelle School Budget Survey on their home page and promoted it by pitching the story to the Journal News. Apparently the district sent out a press release (but not to Talk of the Sound, as usual). In it, Organisciak says, "It is critical for us to hear from all constituencies about what is most vital to them as we look to make appropriate reductions in spending while maintaining the high quality of education that the New Rochelle community has come to expect."
First, the quality of education in New Rochelle is mediocre for the vast majority of students which may explain just 55% of black students and 51% of Latino students graduated on time according to the last graduation report issued by the State of New York in March 2010. It certainly explains why New Rochelle High School is no longer ranked in the annual Newsweek high school survey.Read more
The New Rochelle High School Cheerleading program will host its annual “Show Night” on Tuesday, February 8 at 8:00 pm at the New Rochelle HS gym. All three nationally ranked squads will showcase their routines for the community before heading off to the 2011 National Competition. In addition the squads from the Ursuline School will showcase their Nationals routine. The teams will head to Orlando Florida on February 10 where they will compete in the Universal Cheerleaders Association National High School competition at Walt Disney world in Orlando Florida. The competition is aired on ESPN nationally and can be viewed live online at varsity.com. The community is invited to attend and admission is free. For more information please contact: Cheerleading Coach: Chrissy Stanionis (914) 656-3703Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Senior Alejo Rodriguez (New York, NY) and juniors Mike Glover (Bronx, NY) and Scott Machado (Queens, NY) recorded double-doubles while Machado recorded his 1,000 career point in the Iona College men's basketball team's 85-67 win over Manhattan in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at the Hynes Athletics Center. Machado became the ninth junior, 12th underclassman and 31st player in school history to reach the millennia mark with his jumper from the foul line to open the team's scoring in the second half.
The Gaels opened up the contest with field goals in its first five possessions to open up a 12-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. The run extended to 17-3 until Manhattan freshman Michael Alvarado's three-pointer at 13:42 gave the visitors their first field goal of the contest. A conventional three-point play by Glover gave the Gaels their largest lead of the frame at 30-41 with 7:25 to play. The Jaspers battled back to within nine but a Machado three pointer and an ally-oop by Glover from junior Trinity Fields (Queens, NY) in the final minute put the Gaels back ahead by double-digits as the Gaels led 44-32 at the half.Read more
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The Iona College men's basketball team cut a 14-point deficit with 4:53 remaining down to two with 25 seconds left, but could not get an equalizer in a 75-71 defeat to Fairfield in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. The Gaels (13-10, 7-5 MAAC) scored more points than any other team this season against the Stags (18-4, 11-1 MAAC) in the loss.
Down 27-16 at the 4:09 mark, the Gaels used an 11-4 run to end the half to go into halftime with a 31-27 deficit. A transition layup by Trinity Fields (Queens, NY) at the buzzer off a Jermel Jenkins steal capped the late first half run.Read more
New Rochelle, NY (January, 2011). February is Black History Month and each year the Office of Student Development at Iona College pays tribute to it with a variety of on-campus offerings. This year, the group has joined forces with the Iona Council on the Arts to present the following events:
On Tuesday, February 1 at noon, there will be an opening ceremony, featuring "King's Dream", a live performance and multi-media presentation by Key Arts Productions which offers a an inspiring tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It will be held in the LaPenta Student Union End Zone. Join in celebrating King's legacy and his vision of tolerance, diversity and peace!
Also opening that day will be a gallery exhibition in the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery. New Rochelle curator and artist Peridot Smith brings together a group of male and female artists of varying ages and media whose work speaks to the question of the black experience. The opening reception will take place Sunday, February 6, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm and there will be a Curator's Gallery Tour, on Thursday, February 10 at noon.Read more
The New Rochelle Board of Education has postponed its meeting scheduled for tonight at the Jefferson School due to the weather.
The meeting will take place next week - same day, same time, same location.Read more