The Paideia School 15 of Yonkers Crisis Continues Hezitorial
YONKERS, NY — October 1, 2018 — Last Thursday, September 29th the entire student populace from Paideia School 15 of Yonkers were sent to Robert C Dodson School, situated at 105 Avondale Road, Yonkers, NY 10710, and St. Bartholomew School, situated at 278 Saw Mill River Road, Yonkers NY 10701. There’s also a story of a lost child on a bus Last Thursday.
Two shuttle buses accommodating 15, one designated for Dodson and one designated for St. Bart’s were dispatched to transport the students to their newly assigned school. Kept hush, hush, was the incident that impacted a 7-year-old boy who was assigned to Dodson. Upon departure at the end of the school day he was negligently and erroneously permitted to board the wrong bus. He was located at about 5:30pm found on a bus on Yonkers Avenue. Instead of managing a crisis of mold infestation long known, the Yonkers Public School District creates another crisis and maintains its ongoing silence on every incident other than the false narrative they want parents to believe and thereby eviscerating what little confidence much less trust by their port planning to safeguard the welfare of a young child. Outrageous. A simple check list of students’ names would have avoided the anxiety to the young student and those of his parents / guardians. It is not rocket silence!!!
Last week’s evacuation, demanded by State authorities, was abrupt, unexpected, and unplanned. In order to mitigate the need for supplies to commence with the teaching requirements, teachers sent notices to students’ families beseeching parent / guardian to donate what they could to purchase needed school supplies that could no longer be retried from Paideia School 15 of Yonkers.
When Yonkers Public School Superintendent Edwin Quezada got wind that teachers were requesting donations to meet the school supplies needs of the student body in their charge, Quezada sent his “storm troopers” to stop asking the parents for donations. He arrogantly advised the teaching staff that all they needed to teach the students was a piece of chalk. Yonkers Tribune never did learn if the teaching staff was supplied with enough chalk to carry on.
Juxtaposed to the abrasive and uncalled for derisive attitude unleashed by Quezada on the teaching staff, parents have been beyond amazing. They have done what the could, scrounging about for donations from the community to obtain the necessary supplies needed to meet the needs of the students.
The photo-op expected Quezada to orchestrate when some of the students are permitted to return to Paideia School 15, a seeming 2-3 moths time from now. Is it too condescending on the part of this writer to suggest Quezada will invite Mayor Mike Spano to laud accolades on Quezada for a job well done, with the entire Yonkers Board of Education (YBoE) Trustees taking a bow behind him. This despite the crisis they fomented by not mitigating the grown mold infestations for weeks, likely months, even years without their acknowledging the need. So while Quezada and YBoE Trustee President Rev. Steve Lopez abrogated their fiduciary responsibilities in silence, they were exacerbating the deleterious effect the mold was having on the student populace, teaching staff, kitchen staff, custodians, among other ancillary support staff. For that alone Quezada and Rev. Lopez must be coerced to step done. Instead a congratulatory pad on the back to both responsible protagonists that brought about this crisis by shirking their fiduciary responsibility to maintain the welfare and safety of well who were assigned to Paideia School 15 of Yonkers. For that alone Quezada and Lopez deserve a kick in the pants. A class action lawsuit might teach them and future personnel wh intend to serve the Yonkers Public School District that there are best practices that Quezada and Lopez are ignorant of.
And Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano should not believe that the YBoE, a department of the City of Yonkers, is independent of his input and demands for remedy. Almost the entire Board of Education Trustees were designated to their position by Mayor Mike Spano himself. None of the parties involved directly or tangentially should believe there feigned distance from “make believe” boundaries can keep statues of law at bay.
The least Mayor Mike Spano can do is clean the Yonkers Board of Education Trustees of any responsibility and apologized for a failed construct that was failed all of Yonkers, the Mayor himself, the teaching staff, the kids, their parent / guardians, among others.
A Revelant thank you to the Crestwood Library for donating two large boxes of books and puzzles that brought a sense of normalcy to the aberration of the past days that will continue to linger for far too long.
Whether Mayor Mike Spano takes action to dismiss Dr. Edwin Quezada and the Yonkers Board of Trustees or not, the only way to correct past travesties is by making it public.
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