2012-06-15 / Top Stories

Call For Head Of PS 318 Principal

By Howard Schwach

Nearly two years ago, the city’s Department of Education closed PS 225 on Beach 110 Street in Rockaway Park and replaced it with two new, smaller schools.

All of PS 225’s teachers were dropped into the teacher reserve system and made to look for positions elsewhere. Its supervisors either were reassigned or retired.

Now, two years later, one of those new schools is under fire from parents and teachers who charge that its principal mismanages school resources and bullies teachers by yelling at them in front of students and issuing low ratings for those who argue with her policies.

According to published reports in the New York Daily News this week, both parents and teachers have asked the DOE to remove Linda Munro, the principal of PS 318, The Waterside School for Leadership, one of the two schools in the building.

And, if staffers and former staffers who spoke with Daily News reporter Claire Trapasso are to be believed, the school is about anything but leadership.

“This is the most ineffectively run school I have ever been in,” one teacher, who asked not to be identified, told Trapasso. “None of the students’ needs are being met.”

The teacher said that teachers who complained about the fact that special education students were not getting the proper services were given unsatisfactory ratings by Munro for speaking out.

Others say that she routinely yelled at teachers in front of their classes and also ignored bullying incidents by students.

A Department of Education source told the News that the agency was investigating the charges, but that “the principal has high academic expectations and asks a lot of her staff as well as herself.”

TheschoolreceivedaBgradeon its most recent school report card and a “proficient” rating on its 2011 Quality Review.

Just this year, District 27 Superintendent Michelle Lloyd-Bey rated Munro as “exceeding standards” in her job as principal of the school.

One parent who complained that Munro had kept her son from his graduation for minor infractions and did not do a good job in educating students summed it up for the group seeking to oust Munro.

“There should definitely be a new principal in this place,” she said.

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