2003-04-12 / Community

Executive Was FRHS Principal For Day

Executive Was FRHS Principal For Day

A 1971 graduate of Far Rockaway High School is now in charge of the human resources programs for Veri-zon Communications’ 230,000 employees was principal at the school for a day.

On April 3, at 7:50 a.m. he entered Far Rockaway High School where 1,200 students at his alma mater knew him as their principal for the day.

Ezra Singer, executive vice president of human relations at Verizon, joined 1,200 other influential New Yorkers at 1,200 of the city’s high schools as they participated in Principal for a Day, a program sponsored by Public Edu-cation Needs Civic Involvement in Learning (PENCIL).

The program enables civic-minded leaders like Singer the opportunity to experience first-hand the administrative challenges principals face each day in New York City’s public schools. PENCIL was founded in 1995 to encourage civic involvement to help improve the quality of education in the city.

"I am eager to have an opportunity to visit my old high school," Singer said. "I volunteered for this program be-cause of my interest in public education and its fundamental importance to our society. I am sure that the challenges principals and teachers face in their schools every day are often larger than those that I and other corporate executives face."

Singer attended Far Rockaway High School while he lived in the Bayswater section of Far Rockaway, where his parents, Harold and Eva Singer, res-ide today.

For the first half of the school day Singer spent the time working with principal Cheryll Cypress Jones. He then joined other Principals for the Day participants at a town hall meeting to share experiences and insights into the workings of the school.

Verizon Communications is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 135.8 million access line equivalents and 32.5 million Verizon Wireless customers. Ver-izon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. With more than $67 billion in annual revenues and 229,500 employees, Verizon’s global presence extend to more than 30 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

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