The Daily News reports that some P.S.8 parents believe that Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is blocking the appointment of P.S./M.S.8 Assistant Principal Patricia Peterson as principal to replace Seth Phillips, who retired in June. The reason given, according to the Daily News story, is that “Peterson is a former student of Fariña who’s been accused of getting promotions thanks to her history with the chancellor” and that Fariña “is blocking Peterson’s principal appointment because she doesn’t want to appear to be giving Peterson special treatment.” The News quotes an Education Department spokeswoman: “Any suggestion that the chancellor is influencing the hiring of the PS 8 principal is completely false.”
We have been told that the faculties of both P.S. and M.S.8 support the appointment of Ms. Peterson as principal. We will keep you advised of further developments.