2010-04-16 / Letters

Contempt Of Court

The following letter was sent to Assistant Principal Jennifer Connolly of the proposed Rockaway Park High School For Environmental Sustainability

Dear Ms. Connolly:

It has been reported to me that you were interrupting my colleagues yesterday as they were attempting to serve the children of the Rockaways. This was an impermissible disruption of the educational process.

It was inappropriate and immature to go to staff members to claim rooms that cannot be yours next year in light of Justice Joan Lobis’ March 27, 2010 ruling invalidating the PEP votes of January 26-27, 2010. Justice Lobis’ ruling clearly means that your school cannot legally open in any existing Department of Education facility. A more mature and experienced educator would have conducted this Walter Mitty-like flight of fantasy after school, even though it still would have been unsuitable. During school hours your trip of fantasy is an unprofessional contempt of court and is in fact contemptible.

You have previously indicated that you care a great deal “ about the children of the Rockaways. Your actions yesterday belie this laudable goal. Your actions undermine a school that will admit freshmen next year. You owe the children and staff of this school a humble apology.

Once again, in light of Justice Lobis’ stinging rebuke and invalidation of the PEP vote to phase-out Beach Channel HS/creation of Q324, I call upon you to use your influence to have the considerable funds that cannot legally be used to create your school instead be applied to making the only comprehensive high school on the peninsula the best possible learning environment it can be.

In solidarity for our children,

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