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THHS reporters meet principal candidates

IAP Jahoda was interviewed for position

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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:30 am

Many are angry at the Department of Education’s secrecy surrounding the permanent principal hiring process at Flushing’s Townsend Harris High School. But the agency’s intransigence could not hinder The Classic’s precocious and hard-nosed journalists.

Reporters for the school’s acclaimed newspaper posted videos to the publication’s Facebook page of them interviewing, or trying to interview, candidates for principal being considered for the job.

A DOE spokesman did not immediately respond when asked if others were interviewed for the position.

Brian Condon, the principal of the School for Tourism and Hospitality in the Bronx, spoke with the budding journalists after his interview with what’s called the Level 1 Committee. “I think interviews go well when you are who you are,” he said after his own interview. “To me, you represent yourself as authentically as possible so that if you are chosen, it is the right fit.”

The reporters also spoke with Daniel Dorogusker, a former principal of the High School of Environmental Studies in Manhattan who was interviewed to become chief of the school. He discussed how he would approach taking over the school given its recent controversy.

“I don’t rush to judgment,” Dorogusker said. “I want to know what people do well, what they’re proud of.”

Flushing High School Principal Tyee Chin declined to speak with reporters before and after his interview with the committee. Embattled interim acting chief Rosemarie Jahoda also was interviewed by the committee but declined to speak with the reporters. Her tenure at the school has made her extremely unpopular with many students and stakeholders.

THHS teacher Franco Scardino wrote a letter to Mayor de Blasio expressing fear that Jahoda is favored by Superintendent Elaine Lindsey to become the principal. He also said that the four candidates selected by Lindsey may not be as qualified as 34 others who applied but were not interviewed for the position.

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