Howard Kwait, the principal at John Bowne High School in Flushing, was given a $4,500 fine by the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board last week for taking two overseas trips paid for by a school aide.
According to the CFIB, Kwait went with the aide to Greece in 2011 and to Italy, Greece, Turkey and Croatia in 2012 at a cost of almost $11,000. The female aide’s name is not mentioned.
Kwait, 36, has been principal at Bowne since 2006 and earns a salary of $145,000. It is illegal for city employees to use their city positions to accept personal benefits such as gifts and money.
Aside from the fine, he received a disciplinary letter in his file. Kwait was also named in a 2012 lawsuit filed by the daughter of an Indian diplomat, who was incorrectly accused of cyberbullying her teacher at Bowne.
She is asking $1.5 million in damages for wrongful imprisonment and suspension. A U.S. federal judge refused to dismiss the case last fall and it continues.
Kwait previously worked at Townsend Harris High School.