Congratulations to Brian and Colette. They will quickly earn everyone's trust.
And thanks to Mike Solomon for advocating for the taxpayers with respect to the budget we all just voted on. We are seeing a 0.62% increase rather than a 1.7% increase thanks to him. Next year, perhaps we'll get a flat budget --which will garner an even higher percentage of 'yes' votes. View Comment
Is your e-mail listed in the phone book? I didn't think so.
My home phone is listed in at least 3 different different local phone books. And it's on whitepages.com It's public information.
My e-mail however is not. It was given to the district as a way for them to contact me ABOUT MY CHILDREN. Not for them to give that info. out to advocacy groups and then have those same groups run one of their founders for school board and blast me and thousands of others with an e-mail telling us how to vote on candidates and the budget. This is electioneering.
Hear that, Christina Dochtermann and Clare Sherwood?
Nice try, though... guardhill.
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Oh my, Marianne. The sheer irony of this community's most infamous fringe character congratulating anyone for staying above the "lunatic fray" is immeasurable. You have looked at the community with a straight face, on camera and told them that this country is not a melting pot and that assimilation is a dated term -- and we should not ask newcomers to the country to join that great melting pot and assimilate like everyone before them has. You have been anything but mainstream and non-toxic.
Of course, Ms. Marous has been anything but professional with this embarrassing hatchet job she put up on the DV yesterday afternoon, insinuating that Mr. Sheerin has "deep, dark secrets--." What kind of person would do that? Who wants someone on their school board who would do that? An automatic DQ in my book.
No one has made a single personal attack on Ms. Marous. They are examining her resume and the qualifications she purports to have. This is what is supposed to happen when you run for an elected position. The public has a right to question each candidate's credentials --AND DEBATE IT. If y'all can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. (disclaimer: odds are high that Ms. Delaney will somehow label this last sentence as misogynist)
Marianne, I wonder if you believe half the stuff you offer up at the microphone. It seems too unbelievable to be true. We have all tried (at least once) to see where you're coming from, to try and understand you a little better. But, in the end all we hear is the Benny Hill music playing in our minds. View Comment
There is no foundation or logic in pushing your local elected officials to enforce code violations, ask landlords to pay their fare share or even ask for a village wide reassessment? The local government is elected by and works for the people of Mount Kisco! What are you talking about? View Comment
Look at all the letters, all the comments and the resumes of both candidates. Compare and contrast them. This is what an informed voter is supposed to do. The difference in substance is jarring.
Forget the agendas and all the noise... ask what the job requires. School board trustees are tasked with keeping the administrators in check, communicating with the public in a transparent manner, representing taxpayer interests (like asking for union concessions), protecting/enhancing the classroom experience, keeping our kids safe and pushing to improve the academic standing of the BCSD. It is a thankless and difficult job. You must balance a fiduciary responsibility to residents while being committed to academic excellence.
Sheerin and Dow offer what the public seeks.
They are not the status quo candidates.
Vote for them both on May 19th. View Comment
Oh my God, is this "letter" for real? Hopefully, Justine will tell us that someone else stole her laptop and sent this in w/o her knowledge.
If not... this settles it. Someone just unmasked herself.
Vote Sheerin on May 19th. View Comment
Len, good point. Not to worry... I sent them a similar note. Several parents I know will be doing it as well. So, it won't be an anonymous request. Have you no shame? You "hope" the school district will ignore this? Parents privacy and rights to not receive spam from advocacy groups like these are unimportant to you. Why? Because you are aligned with their agenda and their chosen candidate. Thanks for revealing yourself here. Much appreciated.
Go cash your pension check and put down the iPad. View Comment
The plot thickens.
opope1, you don't happen to know the district's legal counsel, do you? Hmm... I wonder who you are? Will you reveal yourself? An insider, perhaps? Do you work for the district? Perhaps in the central office? Are you on the board of ed? Who would you remove from the board of ed? Do tell. View Comment
You met Ms. Marous 10 minutes ago. You know about her temperament and objectivity to espouse it publicly now? Interesting. I've known Brian for several years, as have all of the people who are writing about him. Some much longer than that. What's that tell you?
Ms. Marous returned from France over the summer with her kids. She said she was in Paris last year at the candidates forum. You were there. You heard that, right? One has to have lived 12 months continuous in the year prior (head on pillow for more than 50% of the time) Why is she still on the ballot? This is a clear violation. Where is the district clerk on this (besides out to lunch)? Is this the kind of integrity and transparency we should expect from her should she get elected? It's embarrassing.
You posts make little sense, Len. Are you trying to Jedi mind trick us all into believing that our high property taxes are good for sustaining life in Westchester? That we all don't have friends and family who are moving away or staying away? That many of us don't talk with our own friends and spouses about whether or not to move to another town or CT or further because of the fiscal burden of being here? Many retirees who could stay here on a fixed income years ago cannot now. Why do we even need a county government (Fairfield Cnty doesn't have one)? This is all awesome to you?
You, nor Justine are in real estate (Brian is), neither of you have kids in the BCSD (Brian does), he has kids who have been at all three levels of the BCSD (she doesn't), she didn't live here last year (Brian did), you don't attend 75% of school functions and school board meetings (Brian does), neither of you have negotiated on behalf of and also against unions (Brian has). See a pattern? Substance matters.
Last, you can quit it with character assassination crap. People are allowed to voice their opinions when it comes to their children's education, their community's future and a dereliction of duty from administrators. I bet you love the 'speak truth to power' line... except when it doesn't fit with your views. Then, you want to shut people up. That's not fair.
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"Westchester has long had high property and school taxes, which is why many choose to raise their families here--" Len, no one chooses to live in any place because property and school taxes are HIGH. That is nonsensical. What are you talking about?
People have lived in Westchester and Fairfield and Bergen and Nassau and Putnam and Rockland, etc. because they are close to the largest business center in the world -- New York City. Some of us go back a few generations because our families are here, so we try to live close to them. Everyone researches to see where the best public schools are, some still choose private. What's changed in Westchester is that no longer can blue collar and white collar folks live on the same street. This is what the government in this county and state has done to our cost of living here. They abused the taxpayers for years. So has your teacher's union.
There are good schools all over this country --whose districts don't tax them into submission. You are a retired teacher, getting a pension from this fiscally destructive state --so your post is more than predictable.
As for the rankings, let's focus on the academic ones. Our music, arts and theater programs are great --no doubt. Some of the sports programs are enviable (like baseball, hoops...) some are not (like football). But, it is a fact that Zillow, School Digger, Great Schools, NYS Data all show the districts that surround ours (even in CT) to be academically superior. What is the comparative data between our district and others with respect to state test scores at the elementary and middle school level, AP scores, enrichment opportunities, challenging electives, those going to top 50, top 25 and top 10 colleges? We know that nearly 15% of the kids living in the BCSD do not utilize our public schools. The districts that surround us are in the 6-8% range. Why is that? Don't you want to know?
This is what people research when they look to move into our area. Glad you think the BCSD can do no wrong, doesn't need any improvements and are thrilled to be paying the highest property taxes on earth. Doesn't mean that many people agree with you.
Brian Sheerin and Colette Dow are not the status quo candidates. And thank goodness for that. View Comment
opope1... read the letters in last week's, this week's and next week's Record Review (soon to be on the DV) about Brian. Letters of substance, from people who actually know him, stating concrete credentials. Not fluff (like some other letters). We don't need another status quo candidate. Let's mix it up. Fresh ideas. It's time.
Many BOE members from the last 15 years have lost before getting onto the board. It means nothing. View Comment
Can't we all just get along?
I would definitely include this in any diversity training --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH26boHgfQw
Terry and Jimmy are a hit with the kids.
7:1 odds that Ms. Delaney does not find this funny. (which, of course it is)
What kind of person drops comments like 'great white male' and actually expects to be taken seriously? View Comment
ProudDad... you think there aren't any major-league problems in Mt. Kisco? You think the study that was done showing a huge funding discrepancy between the towns in the BCSD is a mirage? Articles on the DV and commenters have no take on the reality of the situation here? Mt. Kisco and the BCSD are highly sought after? Retirees aren't fleeing? School-aged parents aren't looking elsewhere in ways never seen around here? Who is dealing in delusion?
At best the research is very much conflicted on dual-language. You can focus in on any research out there to fit any agenda. It's a commonly used trick. If research was so compelling then why aren't the districts who are the academic envy of the state instituting dual-language programs? Everyone knows the answer --but no one will say it.
You are part of a social experiment. I'm sure it's cute to hear the kids drop a little Spanish at home, here and there. I loved talking in Spanglish around my parents when I was in school (mostly so they couldn't understand what I was saying). My buddies and I thought we were slick and cool. But, we were in high school. All core subjects were in English, K-12. We took Spanish class for 7 years starting when we were 11. Will being cool help 6 and 7 year olds with science and math and English and social studies? How about those state tests in a couple years? Will they get to practice their Spanish at home with parents who don't speak it? How about the other 270 days per year that they don't have class taught in Spanish? Hmmm...
We are all ignorant (you included) of how this will pan out in the end.
My kids will never be part of an experiment --and they'll still learn a foreign language to boot. Good luck to you.
p.s. No one on this message board is talking about the teachers who will be moved out of MKES --because they don't speak Spanish. It is shameful. It should be FRONT PAGE NEWS. America 2015: Elementary School Teachers losing their jobs because they only speak English
Welcome to bizarro world everyone. View Comment
"Intended benefits, Patrick said, include closing the achievement gap, along with promoting bilteracy and biculturalism."
Whose agenda is Drew referring to here? Biculturalism? This is not how America became great. No one should ever forget where they came from (I don't), but that's a matter of keeping your HERITAGE alive while culturally adopting the American one. My relatives were from Italy, but I'm an American. Period. Encouraging kids and citizens to "split time" culturally is a silly game that no school district should ever play. Where are the voices of reason in this community???
Learning a second language (even a third) is awesome... once you've mastered one of them. This is how I did it. Spanish for 8 years and Italian for 2 years. Six year olds have not mastered reading and writing in English. No one argues this.
The principal of MKES has said that one of the primary reasons to institute this dual-language program was so that the ESL population in the school could absorb the learning patterns of the native English speakers. So, right off the bat the accomodation was skewed towards them. This program has "good intentions" and "intended benefits"... but the real fear is that the closing of the achievement gap will be as a result of native English speakers falling behind their counterparts in core subjects because they learned them in a different language every other day. And, really, is this helping the Latino kids as much as 180 days of English would? Nope. What's been built here is a 'mediocrity for all' apparatus.
p.s. Where is the teacher's union on this? 80% of MKES teachers will be gone in the next 5 years if this program continues to roll through that school in its current state. If you are not bilingual you will have to find somewhere else to teach. This is a travesty and for some reason is being swept under the carpet. Who is speaking up for the teachers? My grandfather would say: disgraziata! View Comment
Vincent should be commended for doing this analysis. It's something that the district should've done long ago on its own, but I guess we know now why they didn't. When you have citizens sitting on our school board who dare to refer to iron-clad MATH FACTS as 'inflammatory' you have a major problem on your hands. I too attended the meeting and heard Ms. Grant say this live. It was quite the reveal. The attendees were dumbfounded. We have a problem with the leadership in the BCSD --at the administrative level and on the board.
This was to be presented at a regular school board meeting, televised and recorded for all to see. Then... that offer was rescinded. Residents should e-mail Ms. Grant, perhaps Mr. Bracco (finance chair) and definitely superintendent Hochman to ask them personally why it was not. Dr. Hochman touts transparency as a hallmark of his leadership -- I guess until he decides certain data isn't trustworthy in the hands of the public (who pay his exorbitant salary).
The only thing that was not discussed at this meeting was the elephant in the room. Illegal immigration, slumlords/businesses who take advantage of the disadvantaged and community organizations who threaten Mt. Kisco town hall when local zoning laws and fire codes are enforced is the PRIMARY reason for such a discrepancy. It is why we have no control of this situation. The people who fund this district must start holding the appeasers accountable. View Comment