Kim Scott, a Teaching Assistant who works in the computer lab at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle, frustrated over the behavior of a group of special education students in the lab, allegedly cursed out one of the students and attacked their teacher.
"You're going to get your fuckin' ass kicked", Scott is said to have threatened to one student, according to sources familiar with the incident.
Scott put her hands around the neck of Deanna Basile, a Special Education teacher, choking her, these same sources confirmed. Scott later claimed she was just "playing".
Scott is black; Basile is white. Some have suggested the handling of the incident is a form of racial bias. They claim that school's Assistant Principal Tawanda Gerald Robinson, who is black, has sought to cover up the incident to protect Scott. Multiple sources have confirmed that a letter was placed in Scott's file but no further action was taken.
UPDATE: A person claiming to speak on behalf of Kim Scott tells Talk of the Sound she disputed the allegations made against her, that she did not choke anyone, and that she filed a counter-letter to the letter placed in her file by the school.Read more
Jefferson School Principal Kim Nieves made the following statement, via robo call, to all Jefferson parents:
As the Principal of Jefferson Elementary School, I regret to inform you that our Assistant Principal, Jose Martinez has resigned effective March 14, 2011 due to personal reasons. We appreciate the work that he has done and wish him the best in the future. The district office continues to support Jefferson Elementary School and will be working with me to eventually hire a replacement. If you have any concerns, please contact me. Thank you for your continued support.
Jose Martinez, who began the year with a promotion to Assistant Principal at the Jefferson Elementary School, abruptly handed in a letter or resignation a week ago
Friday, March 11th Sund
VALPARAISO, IN - The Iona College men's basketball team continued its success away from home this year earning a 85-77 win over Valparaiso in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at Valpo's Athletics-Recreation Center. The Gaels (23-11) jumped out to an early eight-point advantage and never relinquished the lead while withstanding a late Crusader (23-12) charge in the win.
Prior to the contest it was announced that the winner of the contest would receive one of four second byes. The Gaels wait to hear their next opponent but will play either Monday (Mar. 20) or Tuesday (Mar. 21).Read more
It truly is a bit disturbing how people quickly change topics with regards to the school budget layoffs of over 100 employees, with most being teachers. The budget is purely, 100% for the benefit of all New Rochelle Public School students. They are priority #1 and they are the main recipients of every dime paid by taxpayers. The budget is created to provide quality education and programs for New Rochelle Public School students. If, and only if there is some extra funding and should the Board of Education feel 100% satisfied that the New Rochelle student population is 100% taken care of, then and only then should funding be allocated to residential children attending grades K-5 in private schools located in district first, and out of district second.Read more
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The Iona College men's basketball team's MAAC Championship run was ended in a 62-57 defeat to Saint Peter's in final at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. The Peacocks' (20-13) stingy defense was too much for the Gaels (22-11) as they captured their first MAAC title since 1995.
Led by junior Mike Glover's (Bronx, NY) 23 points, Iona managed a season-low 57 points in the loss. Glover completed his 18th double-double of the year with 11 rebounds. Senior Rashon Dwight (Newark, NJ) also posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards while junior Scott Machado (Queens, NY) added 15 points and six assists. Saint Peter's limited the rest of the team to just nine points.
Nick Leon made the score 23-17 with a three-pointer at the 5:32 mark. Neither team found the bottom of the net for nearly four minutes before two Machado layups got the Gaels within three points with 1:05 remaining. Jeron Belin's three-pointer on the next possession made the score 26-20 heading into the break.Read more
Iona College has issues the following statement:
It is our understanding that Iona College’s former chief financial officer plead guilty today to federal fraud charges. As we have previously stated, the College took all proper actions in this situation when it was discovered almost two years ago and the majority of the missing funds were recovered. New procedures are in place to safeguard against a similar situation.
The court decided today to seek additional information from the individual and to proceed with the sentencing phase at a later date.Read more
Marie E. Thornton, 63, pled guilty to embezzlement from an organization that receives federal funds, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today. The conviction carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The Information also seeks forfeiture of all proceeds of the offense. Thornton is scheduled to be sentenced before the Honorable Kimba M. Wood on May 13, 2011.
Thornton, the former Vice President of Finance for Iona College, pled guilty today for embezzling more than $850,000 from the college. Thornton pled guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: "This is a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house. Marie Thornton was entrusted with the financial well-being of Iona College, but instead, she abused her access to cook the books and line her own pockets."Read more