2004-06-11 / Front Page

Comer Appointed MS 180 Principal

By Howard Schwach

Comer Appointed MS 180 Principal

By Howard Schwach

John Comer, a newcomer to District 27, has been appointed principal of Middle School 180 in Rockaway Beach, effective immediately.

The position became vacant last month when long-time principal George Giberti left to take a middle school principal’s position in Nassau County.

Assistant Principal Monica Murphy has been in charge of the building since Giberti left. It was unclear at the Wave’s press time as to what her role would be in the building for the remainder of the school year.

The school is in the process of being phased out as a traditional zoned middle school.

Beginning with the 2005 school year, the building will house the "Scholar’s Academy," a gifted school for all peninsula students. At that time it will contain only a traditional eighth graded – the terminal grade for the school.

It is widely speculated that PS 114 principal Brian O’Connell would then become the principal of the gifted school and that Comer would perhaps move to PS 114 in his place.

A Region Five source, who asked not to be identified because there had been no permission to talk with The Wave from the Department of Education said however, "This is an indication that, even though the school will change next year, we are not leaving the students suspended this year. We are committed to every school and we expect that the new MS 180 principal will continue to move that school forward."

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