Has Ms. Nieves and the BOE learned nothing from the way they handled the communication issues with the Martinez case? I just noticed that Joseph Jordano is listed as Jefferson’s new AP. An Internet search of Mr. Jordano revealed that he was the long time principal of a highly succesful Westchester elementary school prior to his retirement.
It would have been very nice of the school to send home a small notice explaining that Mr. Jordano was now serving as the AP along with his credentials. Considering the recent issues with personnel, you would think that the school would have sent home this letter to give parents some sort of insight into who this person is. Now, it is possible that the bookbag monster ate the letter that may have explained this, but our child assures us that no letter was sent home. Apparently, some type of introduction did take place to the students as our child knew that Mr. Jordano was retired.
So, New Rochelle Board of Education, here we go again. Can someone please explain under what circumstances has Mr. Jordano been hired? I am assuming he is temporary/interim acting since no public search appears to have taken place. If this is the case, how much is this hire costing us (by us, I mean NR tax payers)? Generally, retired administrators who come back to work on a temporary basis cost school districts substantially more than promoting a teacher from within on an interim basis. To hire a former principal with over 20+ years of experience, must be expensive. Is this really a necessary expense for the last two months of school, when the District is bleeding money? While I agree an AP needed to be hired to finish the year , it could have been done much cheaper with someone from within the district who holds an administrator’s certification (this only helps build administrative capacity within the District but that’s another issue).
We need answers once again. Why the low-key approach to this hire? Who was consulted regarding this hire (even if on a temporary basis)? How much is this person getting paid? This is why we need transparency in this school system. This is why we need change on the Board of Education.