The search for a replacement principal at School #9 is expected to produce a candidate by the Aug. 15 Board of Education meeting, according to School Board member Joseph Longo.
“We’re beginning the interview process now,” Longo said in an interview. “I would assume that we will have a candidate in August. That is the goal, unless there is some unusual problem.”
The longtime School #9 principal, Nanette Rotonda, has been reassigned to School #5 Principal, a move that has caused controversy with parents at both schools.
At a special meeting July 13, ousted School #5 principal Gabe Nazziola argued for his reinstatement, saying his dismissal from the position was “political.”
At a previous meeting, a group of parents representing what they said was a large contingent urged the school board not to transfer Rotonda.
If the interview process is concluded by Aug. 15, a recommendation by a three-person school board committee will be made to Superintendent of Schools Joseph Picardo. Picardo will then make his recommendation the school board, which can vote by a simple majority to either accept or reject the candidate.
Several principals have changed schools in the past three years, at Schools 3, 5, 9 and 10 and the middle and high schools, raising concerns among board members, parents and residents.