2011-05-06 / Top Stories

Principal Busted,Reassigned

By Howard Schwach

A longtime Rockaway principal was arrested in her Valley Stream home on April 19, for her involvement in a domestic dispute with her husband, officials say.

Court sources say that Angela Logan, 47, the principal of the Goldie Maple Academy, also designated as PS 333, on Beach 56 Street and Beach Channel Drive, was arrested by Nassau County police officer Anthony Uvena at about 7:45 a.m. at her Nassau County home and charged with menacing with a weapon.

Margie Feinberg, a spokesperson for the city’s Department of Education, confirmed that Logan had been arrested.

“She was arrested and has been reassigned pending the outcome of the criminal charges against her,” Feinberg told The Wave on Tuesday.

“She will not be returning to the school until the case is satisfied.”

According to court documents, Logan menaced her unnamed husband with a knife, which had a silver handle and a six-inch blade.

Logan allegedly used the knife to scare her husband, who was withholding her cell phone.

The knife was recovered from a kitchen draw by Police Officer Uvena.

At least one grandparent, who declined to identify herself for fear of retribution against her grandson, an elementary student at the school, told The Wave that she is glad Logan is gone.

“God is good,” said the distraught grandmother, who had come to The Wave to pick up a copy of the paper with a previous story about problems at the school. “I have had lots of problems with Logan. I tried to talk with her about an assault on my grandson and she refused to talk with me. She was very disrespectful to me and to other parents. She never even called when my grandson got beat up by four other students. She buried the whole thing to make herself look better. I am really glad she is gone and hope she never comes back.”

This is not the first time in recent months that a parent of a child in the school has been angered at Logan.

In February, Logan barred a Rockaway mother from visiting the Arverne school without permission because, the parent said, she reported an earlier incident to the city’s 311 report system, angering Logan.

The parent received a letter from Logan, stating: “Due to an incident that occurred today, Wednesday, 1/26/11, in which the school required the involvement of a School Safety Agent, I am establishing procedures [for your interaction with the school] effective immediately,”

The parent, Christine Louis, whose daughter, Abigail, 7, is in the second grade at the Goldie Maple Academy was angered by the letter and came to The Wave to tell her story.

Louis said that she had asked to speak with Logan, but was told that she was too busy to speak.

Angered about the perceived disrespect she got at the school, Louis called 311 and made a formal complaint.

Her husband called the school and made an appointment for January 24 to speak with the teacher and principal. The school secretary called back and said that the couple could come to the school on January 25 for a meeting.

When they showed up at the appointed time, however, Logan refused to meet with Christine, but did meet for a few minutes with her husband. She says that nothing was resolved and, when she asked why she was excluded from the meeting, she was told by Logan that it was because of the complaint that was filed against her.

When Louis complained, Logan called for a school security agent to remove her from the building.

According to court sources, Logan is due back in Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead on May 16.

Logan is reportedly acting as her own attorney in her case.

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