Is this the end of the saga involving Reginald Richardson, his resignation as Principal of New Rochelle High School, his recession of his resignation after NYC Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza withdrew his offer of a position, and Richardson then resigning again?
UPDATE (again): Former New Rochelle Principal Reginald Richardson Rescinds His Resignation After He Loses NYC Position
Kudos again to the NY POST's star reporter Susan Edelman who uncovered this error of judgment by NYC's new Chancellor.
New Rochelle high school principal Reginald Richardson is out; Starvaggi named interim
August 7, 2018
New Rochelle High School Principal Reginald Richardson is officially leaving the district, bringing the controversial school leader's employment rigmarole to an end.
The board accepted Richardson’s letter of resignation in front of about 200 community members gathered at city hall for the Tuesday night board meeting. His resignation is effective today, a district spokesman confirmed.
“After much soul searching, prayer and discussions with my family, I have decided to step down as principal of New Rochelle High School and request that the Board of Education accept my resignation,” Richardson’s letter, dated Aug. 7, said. “I believe that the students and staff deserve to start the school year free of distractions and focused solely on learning.”
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Board President Jeffrey Hastie said he could not comment on whether or not Richardson was compensated for leaving.
The board approved a resolution later in the evening naming Joseph Starvaggi the interim principal of New Rochelle High School, and Camille Edwards-Thomas the assistant principal. Starvaggi was the assistant principal, and Edwards-Thomas a house principal, at the high school.
Several school board members and the superintendent spoke to wish Richardson well.
"I always liked his ability to meet students where they were," said Lianne Merchant, a board member. "I hope that many of his initiatives and programs for education and educating the students will endure."
"It is important that we honor the need to focus on our children at this time," she said. "Someone who is willing to leave a community that he loves this much and is [leaving] for the sole purpose of driving all of our attention back to the kids ... that’s exactly what we will do."
RESIGNATION: New Rochelle High School Principal Reggie Richardson quits
JOB: Richardson's new job with NYC education department rescinded
LETTER: New Rochelle H.S. Principal Richardson seeks to rescind resignation
On July 20, Richardson announced he was resigning to take a job as a director of school quality for the New York City Department of Education. The next day, he was told the offer was rescinded.
About a week later, Richardson wrote to New Rochelle Superintendent Brian Osborne to rescind his resignation.
Since then, there have been mixed reactions from the community on the future of the five-year principal who, along with the outgoing superintendent, has faced scrutiny this year.
Carla Woolbright, president of the local NAACP chapter, made public a letter she penned to the Board of Education last week. It said the organization stands with the principal who has been "unfairly blamed" for the challenges faced last school year.
"Principal Richardson is a highly qualified, caring, competent Administrator who faced some extraordinarily unusual challenges this school year," the August 1 letter said.
On the other hand, some are ready for a fresh start, particularly as the board's announcement culminates a tumultuous year in the district, highlighted by several high-profile negative incidents.
A rash of violence erupted in January including the death of high school student Valaree Schwab, who was allegedly stabbed by classmate Z'inah Brown, and a separate stabbing that took place days later in a classroom.
The high school is also under investigation after The Journal News/lohud ran a story in May containing allegations of grade-fixing using an online credit recovery program. It's been more than two months and no update has been made public on the status of that probe being conducted by T&M Protection Resources, a firm hired by the district's law firm.
Hastie said the district has received 39 inquiries so far for the principal position, but interviews have not yet begun.
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