Principal Oneatha Swinton

Swinton-- All that glitters is not gold, according to students and teachers.

 Principal Oneatha Swinton

FORMER: Secondary School of Law (John Jay Campus)

CURRENT: Port Richmond High School

 

Oneathea Swinton became the principal of the Secondary School for Law in 2010. She is was named Interim Acting Principal of Port Richmond HS in Staten Island in june 2017.

 

Sources:

Inside Schools (go to comments section)

 

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Ms Feedback.
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Ms. Swinton in not helpful with feedback. She observes you without giving you feedback and then rates you “developing” without telling you how to improve. Ms. Swinton’s observations are all “gotchas”. She makes negative comments about you in front of others. If you ask her for help or clarification, or heaven forbid, question her judgment, she will come after you. Look at this school’s “inside schools” page for details.

Anonymous
Guest

FIRST OFF YALL ARE CHATTING …. SHE TALKS IT OUT SHES ACTUALLY ONE OF HE GOOD PRINCIPALS … Our last principal barely talked to us but when I need help I come to her and she tells me what to do very detailed so that I can focus on school and she can go back to working AS WE SHOULD… my grades have been getting up because of her only thing I didnt like was how cookies were 2 for a dollar and me having to pay for the culinary hats and stuff other then that she is a very great principal thx whoever wrote this is just being rude honestly

Anonymous
Guest

Too bad you can’t write a decent, coherent sentence.

Ms Feedback.
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Ex-Teacher
Guest

Oneatha Swinton retaliates against kids and teachers. She has scared off the best teachers. She puts on a smile, but the second a teacher even questions her “wisdom,” she goes on the attack. Abusive principals have to go!

Anonymous
Guest

Well maybe because of all these false allegations and terrible remarks that has been stode upon her she’s been on the defensive side . And this is coming from a 16 year old student if I’m able to comprehend what’s going on here so should you

Anonymous
Guest

Wow. You should spend more time learning how to write and less time denying the truth!

Anti Bloomberg
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There have been some anonymous reports to the doe. Investigators came to the school to ask about two things this year – a grading policy that never actually was put in place and allegations of name-calling by the principal. On the first case – principal actually tried to create a grading system in which students could only fail if they completed less than 10 percent of the work! Teachers were furious and she had to scrap that plan. Someone sent the draft plan to the DOE and they sent an investigator (OSI, I think) to speak w/ teachers.

Concerned in Brooklyn
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Concerned in Brooklyn

Things have not gotten better. In fact, they have gotten worse. Principal is not communicating with the staff and the only feedback is negative. Principal rewards a few of her “pets” while the rest suffer.

Anonymous
Guest

You sound pretty ignorant on this topic due to the fact that she’s have been way more involved in the school community then the previous principal in which I’ve seen him 4 times my 3 years of being in port Richmond and not once have I or my peers have spoken to him personally

Never Again
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Principal Swinton is a horrible manager of people and is extremely vindictive and targets those who aren’t in her clique. It is like the movie Mean Girls only worse. She is the reason I am an ATR. She coerced a special education student to make up allegations that I used corporal punishment on him in order to give me a U and excess me. She uses her ‘pets’ as spies and will smile in your face as she is sharpening her knives for your back. She does indeed do ‘gotcha’ observations. I’m sad to hear she is still in that school. I had a fantastic two previous years at that school before she took it over. I had six years of S observations until she came to SSL, then all of a sudden, I’m the worst teacher in the world. Just writing this is bringing back horrible memories.

Anonymous
Guest

She is typical of the ” new breed” of affirmative action principals. These are so-called administrators pushed through a brief training program and are then given positions they are incapable of handling!

fportelos
Admin

I hear there is a rally being planned on Wednesday because the students are being left alone in classrooms with no schedules and no teachers.

DW
Guest

I was told I could not teach Spanish at Secondary School for Journalism because she did not know me. She had no right to say that as she is the Principal of Secondary School for Law. She put an unqualified technology ATR in the position & without permission changed Journalism’s course offering to French. She is dangerous as she has also endangered, threatened and harassed staff, students & parents! Who died and left her in charge? No one!

Former Staff Member
Guest

Administrators for the Secondary School for Law Oneatha Swinton and her flunky Felicia Holtzman told me on 9/9/15, that I could not work at the Secondary School for Journalism because they did not know me. On 9/8/15 Felicia Holtzman asked me if I would accept a full-time job and I said I would.

Current teacher
Guest

Very honest posts above…

Tyler Carmichael
Guest

Ms Swinton is one amazing individual who stands strong and is an advocate for higher learning and education for students.

It's a shame
Guest

This is completely false. Check out what happens to these students after being processed out of school. Most do not continue education and drop out of college within the first year.
This principal will do anything to make it appear that the school is improving by forcing teachers to give students passing grades, listing classes with one name but not teaching the actual content of the course, creating a schedule with the least amount of seat time while eliminating student passing time. (How is it possible for one class to end at the same time another begins when students have to move from one place to the other), not providing the required classroom supplies, discussing teachers she doesn’t like with students, publicly attacking teachers, demoralizing students by public embarrassment (using colored folders to catergorize student progress and distributing them in front of the entire school)…. there is just so much more … she is a terrible manager and ineffective instructional leader.

Swinton boi
Guest

u dont know what ur taking bout

wbmom
Guest

speak to the STARS administrator at your school, course titles must reflect what is actually occurring in the classroom.

Anonymous
Guest

Well, based on your poor grammar,spelling and writing skills, I think it’s safe to say that you were cheated as well. Come to PR and have an English teacher school you , the correct way,on how to write. Lord… I hope you’re not a product of the School of ” Journalism.” Talk about irony !

Anonymous
Guest

English, please

concerned parent
Guest

bullshit

Lexi Awana
Guest

Seriously. You must be on something!

D
Guest

Starting in September 2015 when Oneatha was in charge of both Secondary Schools for Journalism and Law she committed educational neglect by allowing students to sit all day in rooms unattended. She denied them lunch and metro cards. She put native English speakers in English as a Second Language. She denied special education students their right to both a resource and general education teacher. Oneatha even pushed a parent and had her staff harass Journalism students. These problems Oneatha created continued for at least the entire academic year.

D
Guest

The only positive comment about Oneatha seems very suspicious!

Tyler Carmichael
Guest

She was my teacher in Boys and Girls HS always motivated me as well as her students. I will visit the school and show love these comments don’t sound right , due to the fact I was a student and she was a teacher before being a Principle. I’m all about solutions. Instead of bashing let’s find ways to help her help you. My sincere apologies for frustrations. But people can’t do it all alone. Lets work together in a positive light.

Em Ward
Guest

Good lord, you cant even spell Principal correctly.

Sojourner
Guest

The student spelled one word wrong and that’s all you can elaborate on. However the student’s response was that of mature intellect, but you didn’t get it. And you say that you are what? A teacher, a parent, whatever you are we don’t know. But what we do know that you have displayed ignorance. Need I say more? Now take that apart.

Anonymous
Guest

Sojourner … In response to your reply telling Em to take that apart … Em “cant” … lol … reread Em’s comment. My “apostrophes,” I mean apologies to you Em, but you kind of set yourself up.

Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com
Guest
Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com

Thank you

Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com
Guest
Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com

Listen it was just one word. Relax. Come up with a plan and solution. We are already in times. I need people to put egos and anger aside and come up with solutions. How about you run the school. I spelled the word correctly put used in the wrong context. Thank you for correcting me. Again lets stay on task about this real issues and make a solution. Everyone can bash all they want but if nothing is being done none of these negative comments will do anything but blow off hot air.

Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com
Guest
Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com

We are already in bad times. **

We need more unity in our community period.

concerned parent
Guest

another spy commenting bullshit!!!!!

Anonymous
Guest

Indeed.

Lexi Awana
Guest

Watch out for the new potted plants and fall decorations around PRHS now. They are not as innocuous as they appear to be

Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com
Guest
Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com

Im not a spy. I graduated in 08′ . If would like to speak more of the problem calmly Im happy to share solutions but bashing isnt going to do anything. Being petty is not the way to be.

the truest
Guest

only if she likes you

Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com
Guest
Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com

Its is not suspicious this is my experience. True and honestly. Its is very easy for people to complain and hard for people to come together for a better cause which is the children.

Anonymous
Guest

Your ungrammatical and poorly written comments demonstrate just how poor a principal this woman really is!

Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com
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Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com

Its is not suspicious this is my experience. True and honestly. Its is very easy for people to complain and hard for people to come together for a better cause which is the children.

Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com
Guest
Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com
Not one person is recommending a new PRINCIPAL for the school. No one is conducting or recommending better staff. Parents and teachers need to come together to teach the children and stop complaining about something that should be taken care of as a unit. NO ONE is discussing the children and what they can do and provide for the children. It is very sad to see people come out of character. Bashing someone for one word ”misspelled”, no it was the wrong word in the wrong context and I will correct myself thank you for the lesson. Missing the whole statement at hand. NO ONE is stating a solution. NO ONE is trying to help the kids but create a worse situation for the kids. Which is not have anyone run the school? Who will replace her? Will they be qualified? What programs will the new principal provide? Will teachers and parents fund raise since the budget is an issue? All of these complaints can be solved but it starts with you. What can YOU do for these kids?! Some are not even seeing the big picture. YOUR CHILDREN can come on here and see the childishness. What happen to… Read more »
Anonymous
Guest

Race card yet again

D
Guest

Oneatha maintained a relationship with an employee and she had other staff during school hours babysit her child that was a product of her relationship with that employee.

Ken Orland
Guest

Please do not send her to Port Richmond High School

Happy Swinton is Leaving
Guest
Happy Swinton is Leaving

Sorry, Ken. It’s true. And if you are there, beware of the 4 mini-me’s she is bringing. she treated her staff like garbage. All but 2 teachers left under her reign of error.

Anonymous
Guest

They already putting her there and by
Reading all this comments am scared.
I love Port Richmond HS and so far is
Running its school great. I just hope things
Don’t get bad.

Em Ward
Guest

My child is a student there, I am so worried about what is going to transpire. Yikes, she has an awful reputation.

Anonymous
Guest

To late she’s already here

Anonymous
Guest

Suck out mi batty hole

Happy Swinton is Leaving
Guest
Happy Swinton is Leaving

Swinton will become principal of Port Richmond HS in Staten Island. According to my sources, she will be bringing her AP and 3 teachers with her (these same 3 teachers followed her to Law from Boys and Girls). That is very telling. These four staff members have no dedication to the students at law. And they’re so afraid of being held accountable, that they follow their boss. They know that the new principal won’t give them the free ride they got it law, and Swinton knows she needs insiders to support her. For the sake of the teachers, staff, and students at her new school, I hope she learned her lesson. But I know her well and I won’t be holding my breath

JEM
Guest

We are from
PRHS where the worlds best principal has taken this school
And made it the best place for the community they serve. I’m so upset to read these comments. What a devasting thing for DOE to do to a struggling school that had just begun to thrive

Anonymous
Guest

Sorry I must disagree. Swinton is a wonderful activist and has had teacher’s back! Effectively teach the students and you will be fine.

DW
Guest

I know firsthand that this Swinton was the same administrator who denied students lunch and metrocards while she supervised Journalism. She stated she could not stand the Journalism students and she even allowed students to be left unsupervised. These are just a few of the numerous violations she was allowed to get away with it. The only way a person could argue in Oneatha’s defense is if he or she is a friend or family member. Usually the people who defend her can provide no concrete examples of how she “helps” students and staff. The bottom line is that she is corrupt and only cares about herself and her friends/ family.

Nope!
Guest

Hmmmmm…. most teachers say otherwise. How many left the school this year because of her? How many have left since she started? Why did her ally lose horribly in the chapter leader election? Why did she have to being in her “mentor” to promise she was turning over a new leaf?

I have to guess this is the same person who supported her on inside schools…. the one that accidentally posted her real name.

You’re not fooling anyone.

DW
Guest

Thank you Nope! Most people with a brain know that Oneatha is a fraud who does not genuinely care about the students.

Anonymous
Guest

That might be the problem, she sees herself as an “activist” instead of a school administrator…

concerned parent
Guest

ANOTHER BULLSHIT COMMENT FROM AN ONEATHA SPY!!

Anonymous
Guest

Absolutely. Even a student made a review saying he or she did not learn anything with Swinton as a teacher/ principal and that Swinton only passes students if she likes them.

Teddy Overman
Guest

Why doesn’t the DOE do something about her if she is so bad? PRHS has a very supportive community around it. I am sure they will go to the proper authorities including the Mayor if she acts inappropriately.

Anonymous
Guest

Sure will !!

Stephanie Morton
Guest

She’s cut a program already and hasn’t met any of the students. Nor did she do a 9/11 announcement in observance. And she sounds like a real shit show by these comments. Everybody can’t be wrong. PRHS and the students have worked hard!!! And continue to. We don’t want ANYONE who will not support the great teachers, staff, students and community. We are a Community school as well. This is unacceptable.

Anonymous
Guest

She is a shit show. Always has been it seems and absolutely still is. I work there and am seeing it firsthand. Help us get someone in our school who is competent. Port is amazing place with very committed educators. Our students deserve better than a person with oneathas track record. She needs to go.

Chuck Stewart
Guest

If this woman tries to bring down all that Principal Gannon has done, there will be such outrage and protest , she will want to leave. The Port Richmond Community is strong and will not allow anyone to bring them down. She deserves a chance, but if these posts are true, she will be forced out.

Stephanie Morton
Guest

Indeed

Anonymous
Guest

If you and Stephanie Morton are parents, plan a rally. Circulate petitions. Call the media. The Chancellor and Mayor won’t listen to staff but they have to answer to parents.

Anonymous
Guest

Mr, Lodico needs to think twice about this. Why ruin a great school? He was an administrator at Port Richmonf, why is he putting someone like this in that position?

DW
Guest

Most likely the DOE made the decision to reassign Oneatha to Port Richmond.

excuse me?
Guest

how do we prove the C 30 process was not followed

DW
Guest

Publicize the matter and bombard the office of special investigations with complaints preferably written.

https://a032-secure.nyc.gov/ofcomplaint.html

There was an old case from 1993 about improprieties with the C-30
process.

http://www.nycsci.org/reports/11-93%20C30%20Sharon%20Gordon%20Rpt.pdf

Lexi Awana
Guest

Hmmm. Pillow talk perhaps? We all know about the baby she had with an employee, oh but wait. She was in high school. Maybe not an employee?

Worried mom
Guest

Can anything be done to stop her from coming to prhs???

Em Ward
Guest

I feel like we need to do something now!

trackback

[…] has been illegally merged with School of Law while being split across different floors by Principal Oneatha Swinton, Principal at the John Jay Secondary Law Clicking the link on Swinton will also show she is not stranger to UFT […]

fportelos
Admin

If the comments here are true, then the staff and school community need to stick together. At wwww.uftsolidarity.org/toolbox we have guides to support.

I don’t understand how she’s already bringing teachers. To what vacancies? Were they posted?

I saw an Earth Science posting. That’s my license. Maybe I’ll come back to Port too. Graduated class of ’96.

Francesco Portelos
EducatorFightsBack.org

Anonymous
Guest

I believe Oneathabwas also the graduating class of 96

Anonymous
Guest

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/communication-success/201505/10-signs-your-boss-manager-is-narcissist

This is Swinton. Tell us how to expose her please! What should parents and staff do to get the word out?

JEM
Guest

Please come back this amazing place needs help making sure it stays that way.

RT
Guest

As a alumni of PRHS Mr.Gannon was such an amazing principal who put so much effort into the school. Mr.Gannon cared for all the students and over all was very involved in everything you can think possible. The past four years he has changed the school for the better and bringing it to higher standards. PRHS as a whole is such an amazing school with so much school spirit and I myself was very school spirited and very involved. From the things I’m reading about Miss Swinton I’m only worried about how much change she can put into the school and how much of this is true. If she really does change the school it will break my heart but I’d only hope that my PRHS family can get together and make her realize just how strong they are. I may not be a student there anymore but no one can change what this school has become. I am very nervous for the staff and students this up coming school year.

Anonymous
Guest
She announced her departure from her former school to the students and not the staff as a final slap in the face. Most of the staff was too happy to care about that final insult and the rest are the people going to PRHS with her or already made plans to leave because of her. The buzz around the students at her former school was that she said that PRHS is filled with racist teachers who are hurting the kids there, so she’s going there to clean it up, so she is ready for a battle. I heard she graduated from there too. She’s definitely taking teachers and an AP with her. She will create the postings and it really doesn’t matter who applies or their qualifications, those people will be the ones placed in the position. That’s how the DOE works anyway. People at her former school left or retired early because they couldn’t stand the abuse. 90 percent of the staff is now first or second year teachers. Port Richmond is a much larger community than the one she is coming from, maybe it will be different. Maybe she’ll be different. (Doubt it, but maybe) Good Luck Port… Read more »
Anonymous
Guest

Don’t forget to mention the fact that many students cried and were very upset that she was leaving. Swinton is only concerned about what is best for the students and sometimes some adults are actually in the way of that. She didn’t say that the teachers were racist, only that the school was very racially diverse but not so much in the staff. You are reaching.

Let's be honsest...
Guest

Did Swinton diversify the teaching staff at Law? Yes. But what good is diversifying the staff when those teachers flee the school because of administration’s poor people skills?

I’m just saying Port Richmond better be prepared. They deserve to know what type of administrator she is.

Ababio
Guest

Port is full of racist teachers.. good riddance.

Anonymous
Guest

When you begin to dislike a person you stop seeing their attributes and focus only on the negative. That is what is happening here. She did successfully improve the graduation rate and overall school grade for her previous school. Enrollment and attendance increased, teaching improved. That is all.

Let's be honsest...
Guest

She is almost universally disliked by the staff. Wacky, and possibly illegal credit-recovery schemes aside, I’m sure the graduation rate did improve. There were some improvements after she took over. But disbthat have to come at the expense of food teachers? Look at how many excellent teachers left because of her. She even admitted she had poor people skills when she had her mentor come in and apologize for her. All crocodile tears apparently as she didn’t change.

Happy Swinton is Leaving
Guest
Happy Swinton is Leaving
She destroyed the staff at Law. Teachers stopped trusting each other to the point that there were no unions meetings because her spies (the ones going to Port Richmond with her) reported everything back to her so she could target teachers who said anything in the meeting. She would even tell the teachers “well I heard you said ……” Any teacher who spoke up about illegal actions taken towards the students or staff would be targeted. What are some of the ways to tell a teacher is being targeted? Well, they get observed more frequently than others, (one teacher 2x in a day 4x in a week) they get developing in areas of demonstrated effectiveness with the goal of forcing them out of the school or receiving a poor rating, they are denied per session opportunities regardless of qualifications, they don’t get responses to emails sent, they are publicly ridiculed at staff meetings, students are told unflattering information about the teacher, letters are placed in their files for any minute incident. (These letters are also delivered during a teaching period, just to affect your mental health) Teachers who work under her are more competitive rather than collaborative and this hurts… Read more »
D
Guest

Very interesting and accurate comment “Happy Swinton is Leaving.” When Oneatha was running a muck in September 2015 while being allowed to mismanage both the Secondary School of Journalism and the Secondary School of Law, there was a strong voice in opposition to Oneatha’s misdeeds made by the Secondary School of Journalism PTA President Annette Renaud. This PTA President was sincere and only wanted the best for the Journalism students unlike Oneatha who said she hated the Journalism students. Unfortunately Oneatha harassed this parent and I have not heard anything else about this PTA President again.

Abraham Burger
Guest

My friends at Port, do not worry. She is Acting and must be approved by the school community. Even if the start goes well, do not trust her. Hopefully she will not be approved.

Concerned and Discouraged
Guest
Concerned and Discouraged

I am very worried. Has an interim acting ever been denied the position? What then would happen to all of the people she brings with her? Is this your real name? I would like to ask you more.

JEM
Guest

I doubt that DOE will not appoint her. I have heard that she is placed directly from the Diversity Commission.
Where did the idea that PRHS was filled with racist staff come from? I have had many years of dealing with this school. I know staff and students both past and present. No place is perfect but this is a complaint I have not heard until now.

Burt Weidelmeir
Guest

It is August, Swinton’s reign is about to begin. Port Richmond be ready to fight against her.

Concerned and Discouraged
Guest
Concerned and Discouraged

Would you be willing to share specific concerns and experiences? Staff and parents are upset. Any information you could provide might help unify us. Thanks in advance.

D
Guest

If anyone at the Port Richmond community needs help in gathering specific concerns or experiences from those of us who dealt with Oneatha, I can be reached at deowil@yahoo.com.

Concerned and Discouraged
Guest
Concerned and Discouraged

Thank you. I will surely do that and pass this info on. Appreciate it.

Percy Livermore
Guest

Maybe the PTA leadership should take control of this situation. We can not let Port become a school like the one Swinton is coming from. We are a strong community and we will not let her destroy all the positive aspects of our school.

Happy Swinton Left Law
Guest
Happy Swinton Left Law

I think you hit on something- the PTA, as well as the SLT, need to be vigilant. If you don’t like what you see while she is an interm acting principal, fight her appointment at the C30 hearings, in front of the PEP and CEC….. make noise. She has gotten away with a lot because there was little organized opposition to her. The chapter leaders put up a good fight, but there was little staff, parent and community engagement.

And make her actions public. Post here and more importantly, the InsideSchools page.

Deinda
Guest

Suxk my dick

D
Guest

Si vous êtes ami/e de Mlle. Swinton vous êtes vraiment bête. Vous évidemment n’a pas aucun intelligence. Ne meritez pas le droit d’être membre de cette discussion. Alors taisez-vous escroc.

Percy Livermore
Guest

Very intelligent comment

D
Guest

Well said Percy! It sounds like some of Oneatha’s friends are really frustrated.

D
Guest
When I returned to Journalism in September 2015 for teachers’ orientation, I was shocked to see Oneatha and her assistant Felicia leading the orientation for both Journalism and Law. In reality Oneatha and Felicia were pretending to be the school leaders for Journalism while they were only the leaders for Law and never the leaders for Journalism. Oneatha told us the schools had been merged but to basically tell the parents and otherwise. However the State of New York after receiving many complaints determined that Oneatha and Felicia had no right to supervise the two schools and that they had to be separated. I worked for a short while teaching Spanish but was told by Oneatha that I could not work at Journalism although she was still the Law Principal. She said I could not work there because she did not know me. This statement proves she favors family and friends. Oneatha essentially had no right to tell me I could not work at Journalism when that was not her school. I recorded the conversation on my phone since she refused to put anything in writing. She eventually had the security escort me out of the building and when I… Read more »
Tayk
Guest

Fuvk outta here y’all not gonna gang up on my principal yah fart smellin redneck cousin kissing crickets

N/A
Guest

Tu as moins intelligence qu’un animal. Alors va-t’en!

Lexi Awana
Guest

That’s how principal Swinton speaks to try and get students attention. Add to that “hood rat” and some other choice words

John Jay Hs
Guest

Interesting trolling by folks I have to assume are upset people are speaking the truth. Pity they are so pedestrian that they stoop to name-calling. Maybe all the bad press she is getting here will force OS to change her ways and not be so abrasive at her new school.

John jay please help
Guest

The only thing that can help is a law suit against the doe. John jay Staff and all port staff should unite for a class action suit. Where is the union. Why allow more abusive to go on. Fire her now. Why give her a good school to destroy. Sue, now.

D
Guest

Count me in on any class action. My email is deowil@yahoo.com. You may also want to contact Secondary School of Journalism PTA President Annette Renaud at tapredhook@yahoo.com.

Burt Weidelmeir
Guest

She already has banned graduates who help out teachers from entering the school. Alumni were always welcomed at Port, a real family atmosphere. This woman must not be allowed to stay at Port

Sala
Guest

Careful now. You published your name. Guard up…

truth hurts donut
Guest

Hmm. I worked here for a long time. None of the positive comments are true, and other than the few negatives about the year the 2 schools were combined which I don’t know about, all of the negative comments are true.

Anonymous
Guest

It is unbelievable how fast one person (Principal Swinton) could begin. to destroy our beloved school. My family have been involved with Port Richmond since it has opened my grandmother graduated the first class. Brothers and sister along with myself and now the 2nd and 3rd children of my own are attending. In her teachers manual she refers to special education. children as SPEDS. she is tell I g the teachers not to give out less then a 55 to students even if the kid does not come to school. This lady is racially dividing the school. She embraces all the students of color and ignored the others.she has taken away the small learning communities. She walks around the busing text on her phone and speaks as if she is on the street.

truth hurts donut
Guest
Past few years she has: -hired unqualified friends to fill in for a pregnant ESL teacher. Kids didn’t get services for 6 months -destroyed the uft by harassing each uft rep. she would ignore them in meetings and then blame them for trying to destroy the school when they forced her to follow the contract. This was after the violations were pointed out numerous times -targeted teachers by bad mouthing them to students and parents -Supposedly hired unqualified and unlicensed secretaries once the veterans retired.They did payroll. they were not qualified to. Teachers weren’t paid for coverages, per session, and aides were bumped off of payroll and medical because of mistakes. -I heard she had an assembly so kids could sing her happy birthday. Can this be true? -told an assembly of freshmen “you girls don’t want to be like ____” She named a senior who was pregnant. -hires friends (from one specific place) who she allows to misuse funds -pays friends to make assembly speeches -she takes everything as a personal insult. Does not matter if it is a student, teacher, parent, or friend. If you question a move she makes doesn’t matter how small, you’re done. Get ready… Read more »
Concerned and Discouraged
Guest
Concerned and Discouraged

Did your staff report her to anyone? Were there any consequences? From what I’ve heard, she is already repeating some of these negative behaviors. I’ve heard that she has created positions for friends, some of whom are not qualified. I also heard she is against special education and denies students services. How did the Law staff aa a whole respond to all of her shenanigans?

John Jay Hs
Guest

One way she tried to undermine the union was to instill fear in the teachers. In spite of that, the two chapter leaders who served there did win some victories (grievances, disciplinary hearings, etc).

I agree with your comment about the people she is bringing. They are dedicated teachers. It’s. It fair if she circumvents contractual guidelines in appointing them for comp time positions, but they are competent, dedicated people. It worries me that they are following her.

Best thing to do is be united. Have a strong UFT Chapter to hold her accountable.

Concerned and Discouraged
Guest
Concerned and Discouraged

Thank you for your reply. Appreciate it.

Anonymous
Guest

Funny, I heard for myself her blasting Biggie (the rapper) music from the office blasting it.. already of to a good start…NOT. Let her true colors shine because as a PR alumni I WILL enter that school when I come to visit like I always have and NO ONE will stop me. She’ll learn the hard way if these comments are true that PR doesn’t play!!

Anonymous
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https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/communication-success/201505/10-signs-your-boss-manager-is-narcissist

This is her!! She has not changed and will be exposed again. A change in school sites can’t mask her mental illness.

You know she is reading this lol!
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You know she is reading this lol!

Wow. It describes her perfectly!

Clarence Rutherford
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Today for the first time since 2001, there was no 9/11 tribute at Port Richmond High School. What type of example is the new principal setting?

Anonymous
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She is showing staff, students and parents that she has no respect for them and no awareness of how important this day is to so many Americans, New Yorkers, Staten Islanders and Port Richmond families. If she did not know how to lead on this day, she should have asked someone. Parents and staff need to scream and yell. Complain. Inform the media. Teachers, do not be afraid. Ignoring 9/11 is completely unacceptable. This is only one of the offensive things she has done in her short time at Port Richmond. The Port Richmond community deserves better!

Be Accurate
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Actually, she didn’t ignore 9/11. We had a moment of silence 8th period and she gave a speech honoring those who served and lost lives.

Anonymous
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Be accurate…Include the fact that she only did that after multiple parents called and staff members expressed outrage. Yes, then at 205 PM she came on the loudspeaker for the FIRST time since school began and tripped over her words as she tried to appear as if she cared. She couldn’t even deliver her speech with any sincerity and then failed to apologize to the staff at the subsequent faculty meeting. Instead she paraded around and made no mention of the somber day, which had a direct impact on individuals in our building. Don’t make excuses for bad behavior and terrible judgment. 9/11 is deserving of moments of silence when each plane hit. Don’t get it twisted! The day meant nothing to her and she couldn’t even fake it.

Annette Funnicello
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Right On!

Lexi Awana
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When I told her that neglecting 9/11 was disrespectful, reprehensible, unconscionable, unforgivable and downright rude, I was told I was “entitled to my opinion” what a crock!

Anonymous
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My daughter attends Port Richmond HS. I’m regretting sending her there. When Mr. Gannon was Principal, that school was amazing. His staff was also amazing. A new principal took over this summer and she is a nightmare. Her name is ONEATHA SWINTON. She has a bad reputation and it seems the DOE put her there after she destroyed a school and a staff at her last school in Brooklyn. She hasn’t even introduced herself to the students yet, doesn’t tell parents anything about changes she is making and IGNORED 9/11. She didn’t even have a moment of silence in the morning. I’m ready to ask for a transfer for my daughter because this woman is obviously repeating what she did in her prior placement. I heard that the teachers are outraged but are afraid to report her for fear of retaliation. Supposedly she can be vindictive and is full of threats. I also heard that she brags about raising graduation rates but that is only because she lies, cheats and steals to pad her statistics. I am going to the PTA meeting tomorrow and if something does not change, I will write letters to the Chancellor. What a disappointment to… Read more »
JEM
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in the past PTA attendance has been very poor, please help spread the word that parents need to go to all meetings and be involved.

Withheld from fear
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Organize organize organize.
Go over budgets.
Go over hiring practices.
Call SCI if you think something is weird. Let them investigate.
Call 311 if you are concerned,

Anonymous
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Will do. We can’t sit idle while this woman destroys the school. How would we access budgets and hiring practices? Would we just inform 311 and SCI and let them do that?

JEM
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I doubt that DOE will not appoint her. I have heard that she is placed directly from the Diversity Commission.
Where did the idea that PRHS was filled with racist staff come from? I have had many years of dealing with this school. I know staff and students both past and present. No place is perfect but this is a complaint I have not heard until now.

Anonymous
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Will do. We can’t sit idle while this woman destroys the school. How would we access budgets and hiring practices? Would we just inform 311 and SCI and let them do that?

JEM
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Marie Castellucci Family Advocate District OFfice 718-420-5627 311 Michael Reilly President of the Community Education Council cecmike@verizon.net CEC31@schools.nyc.gov Here is my concern The absolute STARK contrast with her personality and leadership style and Mr Gannon’s leadership style is insane. Why would DOE place someone who does not share ANY of the philosophies that have been making this school successful in recent years? Last year first day of school. Di Blasio and Farina are at PRHS look it up online Kids were interviewed the school was lauded for it’s family environment, how clean and impressive it was. It was the first Community school on SI (thank you Mr Gannon) and that is all over Youtube watch again Chancellor and Mayor fall all over how the school is the best kept secret and is getting greater BLAH BLAH. All of the sudden, there is this amazing job for Mr Gannon elsewhere which he totally deserves HAnds down….. Now….they chose…and make no mistake….this was a chosen person by Tweed….someone who does not share one single bit of the past principal’s philosophy which has been dragging this school out of the hole it lived in for awhile, taking away its poor reputation. Partnering it… Read more »
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In order to see the budget go to the link below and enter R445 In the top right where it says enter school code

https://www.nycenet.edu/offices/d_chanc_oper/budget/dbor/galaxy/galaxybudgetsummaryto/display2.asp?DDBSSS_INPUT=M312

ALLY
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Parents, Alumni and teachers past and present, get ready for a fight. CPE1 had to birddog the mayor and attend 16 PEP meetings with the chancellor to get attention and finally get their principal Garg removed. Find the dates og the PEP mtgs each month and organize a contingent to go. Call for a press conference. Organize resistance. This abusive principal must not harm the progress of the school. Expose her fraud etc. Call 311 often. Get elected officials involved. Get the PTA super organized, the union chapter organized. Rise up. Find the mayor everywhere you can with giant banners and signs.

Pasta is good
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Is there a PTA meeting scheduled at all?
Perhaps Alumni can come.
Some principals are requesting no visits during the school day. But maybe this way. To stay involved?

Anonymous
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There was one tonight but many parents were unaware. She never sent out a letter or phone memo. She prefers to keep us in the dark because if they show up, she needs to answer to us. The turnout was not good because many of us were only told last night.

Anonymous
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Performing a telephone skit with disconnected phones in an auditorium filled with educators on how to “appropriately” call a parent is insulting. I think she might have thought the staff found her skit amusing because the room was filled with laughter. However, she misunderstood because she was actually being laughed AT . Total INSULT ! She should be the star of the show that she signed up to be and fix whatever issues that she feels needs fixing… and if these are the issues that she feels needs fixing then the DOE might want to reconsider her ” highly effective” rating and take a closer look..and they will , after the Port Richmond Community is through with her.

Anonymous
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It is so very important to stick together. We ARE a community, a family and a union ! We have power in numbers and need to push back. Attend all meetings, rallys, kick, scream, and blow the whistle. Make noise, write to the advance, write to the chancellor, reach out to parents and when someone asks about Port Richmond , tell them the truth! Know your rights, READ the contract ! Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself .. and remember, PR is OUR home !

Lexi Awana
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As a retired teacher and UFT chapter leader for more than 25 years, I cannot emphasize enough how important a strong union is. READ YOUR CONTRACT! KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! Don’t let intimidation rule the school! You have a voice and you have rights. Use them both

Shatia W
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Ok.. All these motivating comments seem to be written by her family and friends. So Far as a Aftican American Parent of Port Richmond Oneatha Swanion has already shut down almost all the Honors programs in the School. The North shore already has a bad rap when it comes to schools, so terminating educational programs only takes the school 5 steps back.Gateway an honorable program that was the stepping stone for Port no longer exsit as of Sept 2017. My Child has not personally met her new princple,nor have she introduced herself to the students, and we are now in the 2nd week of school. I am strongly concidering pulling my Child out of Port Richmond because gateway is the reason why i was sendind her there. Last evening at the PTA meeting Md. Swinton completely turned me off when she described herself as being “MathTarded”. As a Principle its inappropriate to make fun of a disability. We had parents in the building who were upset being that they had children in special ed. My Daughter came home today saying that students were calling eachother “MathTards” Not Funny.. I am not sure why NYC Board of Educatuon put Ms. Swinton… Read more »
Anonymous
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Thank you for exposing what is really going on. Her comment was highly offensive to me too. It was outrageous. What kind of leader speaks that way, especially when she needed to make a first impression?

Our questions were avoided and we were lied to. But don’t pull your child out yet. I have one attending now and two who graduated. The teachers and staff before Ms Swinton were the most attentive and dedicated as they come. Instead of pulling your daughter, we need to rally together to prevent Ms Swintons appointment. If we act fast and contact the DOE And NY State, maybe we have a chance at getting a principal who is the right fit. We must all attend every PTA meeting, communicate with each other and yell and scream in the press or wherever until the dept of Ed removes Ms Swinton from Port richmond hs.

Call 311
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Call 311. Document. Report. That is inappropriate language,

Lexi Awana
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During my visit today I personally heard kids greeting each other in the halls like this.
“Yo SPED”
‘Cha want Mathtard?”
Enough said

Shatia W
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The PTA meeting was Poor because she never sent letters Home. I had to ask a staff when it was becuase i was interest to know who the new Principle was.The teacher told me this evening.. Sheesh

Grateful for Port Richmond
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Grateful for Port Richmond
I was also present at the PTA meeting. I found out about it because I asked staff when it was because I really wanted to meet the new principal. My oldest child attended and graduated from PRHS. He is a disabled student. We had a very hard time choosing a school for him. Mr Gannon suggested we put him in Gateway because he is very bright but needed support. I couldn’t have asked for a better staff of people. A boy that was never expected to attend college now has a 3.6 GPA. I walked in with an open mind. My youngest is ( was) also in Gateway. “Gateway is the Great way”. So excited to be a part of what she calls the best program. Again. I’m keeping an open mind but I fail to understand how cutting and combing honors programs rather than build up and work to expand them is better? We are trying so hard to rid port of its former bad press. We were finally there. The Mayor did a press conference from our school last year saying how great it was. The last two freshman classes were the highest enrollment we’ve had in years.… Read more »
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Dear Be Accurate,

What time did the first plane strike the WTC building on 9/11? It was sometime around 8:46 AM. What time is 8th period? Clearly not at 8:46 AM. Most people who did a tribute for 9/11 held a moment of silence at around 8:46 AM. If Oneatha did the moment of silence during 8th period which is sometime after 2 PM then that means she had no intention to hold a moment of silence since she is selfish and only cares about herself and her close friends. She is corrupt and represents what is wrong with the educational field.