NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Interim Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero wants to hear from New Rochelle School community members who have concerns about the potential return of Yvette Goorevitch to the City School District of New Rochelle — this time with potentially more power to do harm to minority and economically disadvantaged students.
For years, Goorevitch used her position as Special Education Director to dole out special attention to a chosen few including custom programs, accommodations and sometimes insanely expensive services including placement at private schools costing tens of thousands of dollars a year to cultivate power and influence in New Rochelle. This largely entailed a focus on North End families, predominantly white, predominantly Jewish. Goorevitch is white, Jewish and lives in the North End of New Rochelle.
Goorevitch especially targeted Hispanic families where parents who spoke little or no English would be tricked into signing away their children’s civil rights. Goorevitch would pressure unsuspecting and confused parents into signing English-only documents as a pretext for reducing or denying services.
Principals at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Christopher Columbus Elementary School complained for years that Goorevitch was routinely denying services and accommodations to students from those schools, mostly Hispanic students, pressuring the Principals not to refer their students. At one point Goorevitch demanded that all special education students be declassified — and they were.
Columbus Principal Yigal Joseph went so far as to set up his own Committees on Special Education so that Hispanic students at his school would not be referred to Central Office where the CSE was under Goorevitch’s direct control.
Low-income African-American students did not fare much better than Hispanic students under Goorevitch.
Goorevitch left New Rochelle in 2017 shortly after the school business office opened up an investigation into alleged Medicare fraud in her department.
Goorevitch retired in New York State and went to work in Connecticut where she soon became persona non grata among parents of Special Education students.
Goorevitch was banned her from SEPTA meetings, 17 parents filed a lawsuit and filed a complaint with Connecticut State Education Department.
Results of a newly released state Department of Education investigation question the city’s public schools’ handling of special education students — violating state and federal laws.
The complaint referenced was filed in 2018 by Norwalk attorney Robin P. Keller, attorney Kathryn Meyer of the Center for Children’s Advocacy, and Special Education advocate Jill Chuckas on behalf of 17 Norwalk students and their families.
The complaint resulted in a state investigation, the results of which, released in July, found irregularities in the district’s initial evaluation of certain children with disabilities, failure to adhere to federal law in providing free appropriate public education for each child with a disability and failure to provide timely special education and related services in accordance with a student’s Individualized Education Plan.
To many New Rochelle parents the results of the state investigation will sound familiar.
Norwalk parents were quick to realize the true nature of Yvette Goorevitch and refused to let her get a toe-hold in their District.
Goorevitch is not attempting to return to New Rochelle as much as escape Norwalk which has been seeking to run her out of town on a rail since the moment she arrived.
Robert Cox who is intimately familiar with Goorevitch malfeasance and open disdain for Hispanics that, for whatever reason, do not serve her aims to accumulate power, reached out to Interim Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As you know, Yvette Goorevitch is a candidate to replace Anthony Bongo as Asst SI.
I am not a fan to say the least.
I want you to be aware that Yvette has a long history of tricking parents who did not speak English into signing away their children’s rights during CSE meetings in order to deny their children services and support. She was particularly aggressive in denying services and accommodations to Columbus students.
I am more than happy to have you sit down with the former Assistant CSE Chairperson who worked directly under Yvette and was a direct witness.
I have already told Board President Rachel Relkin that I have 60 pages locked and loaded on malfeasance by Yvette if she is hired that will become a 20-part series.
Do not let this horrible person back in the door.
Marrero responded Friday, encouraging those with concerns about Yvette Goorevitch to share them with him now, before Goorevitch is presented to him as a finalist.
There can be no doubt that Goorevitch has activated her various minions — including Chrisanne Petrone, Naomi Brickell, Rachel Relkin, Mary Monzon, Theresa Kump Leghorn, Karen Hessel and others — to advocate on her behalf. Rest assured these people will be among those whining about our exposing Goorevitch should she actually be hired. This includes those whose children were on the receiving end of Goorevitch “goodies and gifts”, to lobby on behalf of her candidacy to become Assistant Superintendent.
It is important that Dr. Marrero and the entire school board hear immediately from those who know the true nature of Yvette Goorevitch, include the many lower-income, Hispanic and Black families.
If you have concerns, especially if you have experienced the dark side of Yvette Goorevitch, and wish to share those concerns with Dr. Marrero and the New Rochelle Board of Education you need to act immediately as Goorevitch has already made it through the second round of interviews.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero
New Rochelle Board of Education
ROBERT COX OPEN LETTER TO NRBOE
Dear BOE Member,
I realize that many of you joined the board after Yvette Goorevitch left New Rochelle.
I am also well familiar with how she operates and so she will have had her minions lobby anyone she believes can aide her in her hoped for return to power in New Rochelle.
Yvette is a highly manipulative person who makes it her business to cultivate people she believes she can use to her own ends. Anyone who has had Yvette sidle up to them and rub their arms knows what I am talking about.
I believe that even in the few years Yvette left to go to Norwalk (where she is widely reviled) the District and board has changed. Above everything else, you cannot preach the rhetoric of equity and diversity and allow Yvette Goorevitch to not only return but to return in an elevated position.
Over the years, I have been contacted by MANY minority families who described heartbreaking accounts of being tricked and abused by Yvette Goorevitch. I have written an article in the hopes that they will tell their stories.
The bottom line is that Yvette Goorevitch represents precisely what many of you have been fighting to reverse. Goorevitch is one of the prime architects of the “North End” system in CSDNR.
Do not let her back in.
Publisher and Managing Editor
Talk of the Sound
Redacted copy of the Connecticut State Department of Education Report stemming from complaints about Yvette Goorevitch filed by Norwalk parents.
Anyone familiar with Yvette Goorevitch will recognize the pattern – what the investigators labeled “systemic” failures — failure to act in a timely manner on referrals, a mess with paperwork, failure to provide service in IEPs, various efforts to push out minority students (using a “residency form”), numerous violations of federal law, FAPE, etc.
The report reads to be a complete vindication of the parents complaints about Yvette.
We updated this article..
…with this article
Which gets into issues I raised to the school board but never publicly about Yvette Goorevitch and millions uncollected by the District due to her incompetence:
In a strange twist, the exchange brings to light a multi-million dollar investigation undertaken in 2017-18 by White into so-called “District of Location” services tied to former Special Education Director Yvette Goorevitch. Hastie appears to have duped Cantone into believing the write-offs were proof of malfeasance by White. Records seen by Talk of the Sound show White was in the process of seeking to collect the monies. Sources tell Talk of the Sound, Interim Assistant Superintendent for Business & Administration Tom Ryan “wrote off” the accounts receivable at the direction of Hastie. At a subsequent board meeting Ryan repeatedly and falsely disparaged White, in violation of the Separation Agreement Hastie signed with White in December 2018. It appears Hastie was using Ryan and Cantone, and some board members, to spread false and malicious stories about White in order to justify Hastie ordering then-Interim Superintendent Dr. Magda Parvey to fire White because White would not take orders from Hastie generally and specifically refused to use district-funds to pay Hastie’s thousands of dollars in unauthorized international voice and data services while traveling in Europe, Africa, aircraft and cruise ships.