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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Just Another Ethically Challenged Principal.
In today's New York Post, Susan Edelman has an article about another ethically challenged Principal, Onethea Swinton, who is the intern acting Principal of Port Richmond High School in Staten Island. According to the article, Ms. Swinton is using a Pennsylvania address to register her car, despite actually living in Staten Island. If that was the only issue with Ms. Swinton I would not be writing this post. However, Ms. Swinton has quite a bit of controversy surrounding her. In her previous stint at Brooklyn's Secondary School For Journalism, based upon limited data she was rated poorly at a 1.33 with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.
First, apparently the Pennsylvania address Ms. Swinton uses is for a Tanya John who is an education vender that Ms. Swinton hires to provide student services, for the two schools she has been made Principal of. According to the Post article, Ms. Swinton saves up to $4,000 a year on automobile insurance by using the Pennsylvania address that is listed to Tanya and Kirk John and not her own Staten Island address where her Lexus was spotted by the newspaper.
Second, check the blog "Don't Tread On Educators" and you will find negative comments galore about Ms. Swinton You can read them here.
Third, as Intern acting Principal she has riled up parents, students and teachers when she eliminated a prized honors program and sowed confusion with the student body due to the schedule and course changes.
Interestingly, at a Town Hall meeting on October 5th, Chancellor, Carmen Farina, defended Ms. Swinton, what else is new? According to the Chancellor, all principals deserve an adjustment period and the parents should give Ms. Swinton more time before complaining.
Finally, according to the teachers at Port Richmond High School, Ms. Swinton tried to impose a new grading policy that would allow most students to graduate unprepared for the adult world and college and it was rescinded only when the staff objected and threatened to expose it to the public.
Just what a struggling school needs an ethically challenged Principal. Where do they get these people from?