SCHOOLS & LIBRARIES: It’s June – which means that it’s once again time for the carefully choreographed annual drama that New York pols and reporters refer to as the Budget Dance. And first up on the chopping block is, of course, an after school program.
SCHOOLS & LIBRARIES: The students of PS 185′s Go Green Team have been asking a simple question: Where does our trash go? Through their research, they discovered an answer that is both sad and shocking.
SCHOOLS: Mayor Mike Bloomberg visited Bay Ridge this morning to announce a new pilot for a Software Engineering program. The High School of Telecommunications Arts and Sciences (350 67th Street) is one of 20 schools selected to take part in the pilot, and it was the site of Bloomberg’s announcement.
The ouster of embattled Fort Hamilton High School principal Jo Ann Chester could come as soon as tomorrow, as students and teachers return from a four day weekend.
According to New York City public education news website Gotham Schools, an alleged plan to underpay over a dozen new teachers at Fort Hamilton High School has landed the school’s principal in hot water.
The scheme, which has been under investigation for months, could make Fort Hamilton High School liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay to “desperate” jobless young teachers who agreed to work for low pay, no benefits, and little security.
From Gotham Schools:
The Department of Education’s Office of Special Investigations is in the process of investigating Jo Ann Chester, principal of the Bay Ridge school since 1999, a department spokeswoman confirmed. Sources close to the investigation say investigators have been digging into payroll practices at the 4,200-student high school since at least April. The school was already under investigation because of test scores that the city deemed suspicious.
Last week, a grievance from a teacher who had been underpaid was sustained, entitling him to back pay, union officials confirmed.
The scheme purportedly allowed Chester a way around a three-year-old hiring freeze, and prevented the school from being sent short-term substitute instructors from the Absent Teacher Reserve – a pool of city teachers without permanent positions.
On an unseasonably cool Sunday afternoon earlier this month, the Union Church of Bay Ridge’s congregation ceremoniously handed over the keys of their beloved 80-year-old parish house [8101 Ridge Blvd] to Dr. Charlie Fasano – the headmaster of another neighborhood institution, the Bay Ridge Preparatory School. The ceremony itself – ostensibly meant to celebrate the [...]
According to the Daily News’ Michael O’Keeffe, Poly Prep Country Day School [9216 7th Ave] headmaster David Harman sent a letter to alumni this week, just days after attorney Kevin Mulhearn filed papers in Brooklyn federal court accusing administrators of lying – and possibly perjuring themselves. The accusations arose when school officials denied having knowledge [...]