|Former Principal of I.S. 141, Anthony B. Aldorasi, holds a copy of the plaque that was removed from the NASA science lab he founded, .|
Former Principal Wants Plaque Restored
Principal who pushed student, intimidated teacher gets to keep his job
BY Erin Einhorn
A middle school principal who inappropriately pushed a child and intimidated a teacher will keep his job despite city efforts to fire him, an arbitrator has ruled.
Education officials tried to fire Anthony Aldorasi from his $136,745 post at Intermediate School 141 in Queens.
He was yanked from the school last year and charged with three administrative counts of corporal punishment against students and three counts of intimidating a subordinate.
But as a tenured principal with 26 years in the school system, Aldorasi had a right to appeal.
"The arbitrator felt that charges against him were very thin and that nothing rose to the level of corporal punishment, which is why he wasn't fired," said principals union spokesman Brian Gibbons.
Last week, Aldorasi was found guilty on two counts of intimidation and one count of corporal punishment. He was told he could get his job back after paying a $6,000 fine and serving a 10-day suspension without pay, a schools spokeswoman said.
The arbitrator found this fell "far short of corporal punishment," but that touching a child in any way was not appropriate.
Aldorasi was also found guilty of ordering a teacher to pay $1,200 to replace a missing school amplifier and of threatening that teacher when he refused.
Aldorasi did not return calls seeking comment but a spokesman for his union said the charges against him were minor.
Aldorasi won't necessarily go back to IS141, but the arbitrator instructed the Education Department to find him a principal's job in District 30 in Queens - an order that doesn't sit right with parents or teachers at the school.
Teachers union President Randi Weingarten also sounded the alarm Monday. "What prevents this person from being a recidivist?" she asked.