Side HS Renamed for Ed Reynolds
West Side High School was established in the early 1970s as an
alternative high school to serve students from the Louis D. Brandeis
High School area. Edward Reynolds was its founder and principal
for more than 25 years until his recent sudden, untimely death.
Reynolds was a fierce advocate for the rights of his students
and staff. He cared deeply about his students, staff and school.
No matter who they were and where the students came from, they
were always welcome. The Board of Education passed a resolution
renaming the school as the Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School.
Online Teacher Applications
The NYC Board of Education has launched an online application
system for people interested in teaching in NYC public schools.
The first of its kind in the country, the system not only accepts
applications online, but also provides information on vacancies
by allowing users to search current and projected teaching vacancies
based on chosen criteria. The system lists vacancies for teachers,
guidance counselors, attendance teachers, laboratory specialists,
school secretaries, psychologists and social workers. The system
is linked directly to the Board’s homepage: www.nycenet.edu.
New Brooklyn HS Superintendent
Charles Majors, principal of Middle College High School in Crown
Heights, Brooklyn, has replaced Joyce Coppin as superintendent
of Brooklyn high schools. Earlier this year Coppin became the
supervising superintendent at the Center for Recruitment and Professional
Development at the Board of Education. —NYTimes
NYC Schools Receive
Blue Ribbon Awards
Three New York City schools received the Blue Ribbon School of
Excellence Award by the US Department of Education: Aquinas High
School, a private school in the Bronx, La Salle Academy, a private
school in Manhattan and Merkaz Bnos High School, a private Jewish
school for girls in Brooklyn. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program
was established in 1982 to identify and recognize outstanding
public and private schools across the US, and facilitate the sharing
of best practices among schools. —www.ed.gov
on School Report Cards
Chancellor Harold O. Levy recently released a statement about
this year’s school report cards in which he stated there were
mixed results. More students graduating high school are doing
so with Regents diplomas: 30 percent of the class of 2000, up
from 27 percent of the class of 1999. However, the dropout rate
is now up 1.8 percent. “With longer instructional programs and
more certified teachers, no one should be surprised by these results,”
he stated. —NYCBOE
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