An inquiry to the New York State PTA Board in Albany this week, on the question as to whether it was against the bylaws for the teacher’s union president to be the co-president of the PTA council, led straight back to a familiar source — the New Rochelle Board of Education.
The folks in Albany referred the matter to the Regional Director of the New York State PTA Board.
Below is the list of regions and directors. See any name that looks familiar?
Email Region Directors:
03 — Central: Kammy Popiwczak
04 — Central Hudson: Merle Payne
05 — Suffolk: Doris Fischer
06 — Leatherstocking: Donna Imobersteg
07 — Genesee Valley: Gail Gligora
09 — Mohawk Valley: Marge Ugalde
10 — Nassau: Judy Van Haaren
11 — Niagara: Diane Campbell
12 — Northeastern: Penny Hollister
14 — South Central: Denise Reppert
15 — Southeastern: Tina Zdimal
16 — Southwestern: Linda King
17 — Taconic: Nancy Hulton
18 — Westchester-East Putnam: Chrisanne Petrone
19 — Western: Maria Eagen
20 — North Country: Lynn Jock
So, if you are a parent with a concern about a particular teacher and seek to raise that concern up the chain of command within the District you will ultimately find yourself dealing with Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and then Board of Education now run by Sara Richmond and Chrisanne Petrone. Defending that teacher will be the President of F.U.S.E., Marty Daly. If you seek to enlist the support of the New Rochelle PTA you will find yourself in front of…Marty Daly. If you try to go up the chain of command within the PTA you will find yourself in front of…Chrisanne Petrone.
So, if have concerns about any conflict of interest in having the President of the local teacher’s union, Marty Daly, serving as the head of the New Rochelle PTA, you might be even more concerned that the person at the State level to whom you would address your concern is none other than Chrisanne Petrone, the new Vice President of the New Rochelle Board of Education.
And parents and residents wonder why these people are so smug? They’ve got the whole thing locked down, baby. They can afford to be smug.