Come one, come all to the Columbus Elementary School where the New Rochelle Board of Education will be presented with a board resolution to give a guy who has been unable to qualify for an administration security position in the New Rochelle public school system but has, on multiple occasions, had special job descriptions crafted to try and make sure that he and only he could get the job.
Rolf Koehler has bounced from waiver to waiver since 2009. His last day with the district was October 30th when his most recent waiver expired. Last year the district put forward three different job descriptions prior to a municipal service exam in February, all part of an elaborate effort to block qualified candidates from beating out Koehler for the position.
Despite their best efforts, Koehler failed the civil service exam. 12 other candidates passed, three were eligible for the position yet none were selected. Instead Koehler was given a new position (Director of Surveillance) and allowed to remain for months beyond what was supposed to be his last day. It was that position that ended on October 30, 2010.
Now Koehler is back as the board is presented what will be the 5th or 6th resolution designed to keep Koehler on the payroll.
Pulling the strings? Bruce Danielle, the former New Rochelle cop caught running an illegal gambling operating while working for the school district and our old friend Domenic “Combat Vet” Procopio who failed to pay tens of thousands of dollars in taxes by maintaining an illegal STAR exemption and Combat Veteran exemption on a house he acquired in 2002 and for which he never paid full taxes.
The board has scheduled a last-minute Special Meeting at 7:45 PM without making proper legal notice (it is not even on their own web site) all to rush through the resolution.
If you want to get a glimpse of how corruption works in New Rochelle be sure to stop by. You may even hear me speak, opposing this resolution and calling on the board to defer the vote until they have educated themselves on the back room deals hatched by Procopio and Danielle with Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak.