Oneatha Swinton

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

 Oneatha Swinton

FORMER: Principal of Secondary School of Law (John Jay Campus)

FORMER: Principal of 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.

June 22, 2018, Ms. Swinton was reassigned pending investigations .

 

Sources:

Inside Schools (go to comments section)

 

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Ms Feedback.

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.

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Anonymous

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
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Anonymous

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

Ms Feedback.
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Ms Feedback.
Ex-Teacher
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Ex-Teacher

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
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Anonymous

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
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Anonymous

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

Anti Bloomberg
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Anti Bloomberg

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
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Anonymous

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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Never Again

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
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Anonymous

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
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DW

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
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Former Staff Member

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
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Current teacher

Very honest posts above…

Tyler Carmichael
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Tyler Carmichael

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

It's a shame
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It's a shame

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
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Swinton boi

u dont know what ur taking bout

wbmom
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wbmom

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

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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
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Anonymous

English, please

concerned parent
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concerned parent

bullshit

Lexi Awana
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Lexi Awana

Seriously. You must be on something!

D
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D

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
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D

The only positive comment about Oneatha seems very suspicious!

Tyler Carmichael
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Tyler Carmichael

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
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Em Ward

Good lord, you cant even spell Principal correctly.

Sojourner
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Sojourner

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
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Anonymous

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
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Tyler.Carmichael@icloud.com

Thank you

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

We are already in bad times. **

We need more unity in our community period.

concerned parent
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concerned parent

another spy commenting bullshit!!!!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Indeed.

Lexi Awana
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Lexi Awana

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
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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
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the truest

only if she likes you

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.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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
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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
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Anonymous

Race card yet again

D
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D

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
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Ken Orland

Please do not send her to Port Richmond High School

Happy Swinton is Leaving
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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
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Anonymous

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
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Em Ward

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

Anonymous
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Anonymous

To late she’s already here

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Suck out mi batty hole

Happy Swinton is Leaving
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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
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JEM

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
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Anonymous

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
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DW

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!
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Nope!

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
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DW

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

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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

concerned parent
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concerned parent

ANOTHER BULLSHIT COMMENT FROM AN ONEATHA SPY!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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
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Teddy Overman

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
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Anonymous

Sure will !!

Stephanie Morton
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Stephanie Morton

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
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Anonymous

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.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Unfortunately many people judge PRHS based on its location/surrounding and not the education and services that the school provides. Principal Gannon knew that the school was a gem in a rough spot and made sure to promote and uplift the school’s reputation. Most of the community leaders are supporting Ms Swinton on the sole basis of race and/or that she was from the “neighborhood”, not her qualification, expertise, or willingness to enforce higher education for these children. As a parent of former and current students of the school, I find it appalling how much someone can devalue an institution in such a short period of time. I will not support someone just because she is a fellow “sista” or from our community if she does not display the qualities that will inspire, lead, or uplift the teachers and students. I am very involved my children’s education and see the many differences between Mr. Gannon and Ms. Swinton, but outside of her ties with the community I have yet to see what Ms. Swinton have to offer that will be beneficial to the school. I hope that the Department of Education will make an informed decision regarding placing a permanent figure… Read more »

Chuck Stewart
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Chuck Stewart

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
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Stephanie Morton

Indeed

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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
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Anonymous

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
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DW

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

excuse me?
Guest
excuse me?

how do we prove the C 30 process was not followed

DW
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DW

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
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Lexi Awana

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
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Worried mom

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

Em Ward
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Em Ward

I feel like we need to do something now!

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[…] 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
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Anonymous

I believe Oneathabwas also the graduating class of 96

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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
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JEM

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

RT
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RT

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
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Anonymous

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
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Anonymous

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...
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Let's be honsest...

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
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Ababio

Port is full of racist teachers.. good riddance.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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...
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Let's be honsest...

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
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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
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D

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
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Abraham Burger

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
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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
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JEM

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
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Burt Weidelmeir

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

Concerned and Discouraged
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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
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D

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
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Concerned and Discouraged

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

Percy Livermore
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Percy Livermore

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
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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
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Deinda

Suxk my dick

D
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D

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
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Percy Livermore

Very intelligent comment

D
Guest
D

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

D
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D

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
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Tayk

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

N/A
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N/A

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

Lexi Awana
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Lexi Awana

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
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John Jay Hs

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
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John jay please help

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
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D

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
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Burt Weidelmeir

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
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Sala

Careful now. You published your name. Guard up…

truth hurts donut
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truth hurts donut

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
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Anonymous

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
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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
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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
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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
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Concerned and Discouraged

Thank you for your reply. Appreciate it.

Anonymous
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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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Clarence Rutherford

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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Be Accurate

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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Annette Funnicello

Right On!

Lexi Awana
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Lexi Awana

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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Withheld from fear

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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Anonymous

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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JEM

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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Anonymous

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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Pasta is good

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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Anonymous

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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Lexi Awana

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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Shatia W

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

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

Lexi Awana
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Lexi Awana

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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Shatia W

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.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Absolutely against the dismantling of the Gateway Program without contacting the parents and the students involved by the so called interim principal. The community should up for the kids and their future.

Grateful for Port Richmond
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Grateful for Port Richmond

I’m wondering. Gateway got a great deal of funding. What happens to that? We were promised that all of the trips etc that Gateway got to foster growth and cultural experiences for our children will continue. But how?

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Remember principals have direct control over the budget for their schools. This means funding from one program can be moved around for something else. I think we all get the drift.

Grateful for Port Richmond
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Grateful for Port Richmond

Okay. We have to watch the budget to see what increases. Or decreases. We came specifically for Gateway. My child declined scholarships to private schools after shadowing at port Richmond. We are not pleased that this program is dissolved

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Please do not pull your child out just yet. Ms. Swinton may not get appointed if we parents fight back. Give it a few weeks. Make noise in the media and let’s try to send this lying woman packing.

Unite2savePR
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Unite2savePR

I have done a great deal of research on her background and what is as the real tragedy is that even if we fight and win this battle to have her removed from Port Richmond the next school in line will then suffer. This cannot be good for any student. While I am not a proponent of having people lose their job, I am a proponent of people being in the job they are competently qualified for. My son is at risk. Some extremely good and passionate staff are at risk, and ultimately a good school with a bad rap is at risk. Programs are already being dismantled, parents are already feeling distrustful of her and my son has still not even gotten to meet her some two weeks later. Fight for Port Richmond. Fight for what Mr. Gannon has worked so hard to build. Racism is everywhere so to appoint an unqualified principle with an incredibly poor track record to this school in an attempt to “Blacken it up” is disrespectful on so many levels. Obviously we cannot ask Mr. Gannon to come back but we can fight to uphold all that he and the great teachers and staff… Read more »

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In my opinion based on my experience being at John Jay and her track record Oneatha is simply not a good match for an educational leader or an educator in general. She is toxic! If racism is being raised as an issue then Oneatha is guilty of that herself so how can she set an example. I am certain that had I shared her same ethnicity (Carribean American) then I would not have been treated unfairly by her. She is known for favoring family and friends. She is certainly not the saint her friends at the DOE try to paint her to be!

C. Willis
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mmm, she isn’t racist. She just is kind of a bad person who will be evil to anyone she views as disloyal. Doesn’t matter if you share a parent I bet.

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C. Willis: Are you saying she is evil to her own family?

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She is definitely evil and we can’t rule out racism for the moment. However, I wonder how she should be treated by people she has been disloyal to or back-stabbed. Better yet one should take a count of how many people she has trampled on. Since she has destroyed so many people she probably doesn’t even know who they are and just views Port Richmond as another conquest.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You could not have said it better. Please send this post to the SI Advance. The NY Post. Daily News. 311. Everywhere!!!

Support Port
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Support Port

Let your voice be heard via 311! The district cannot hide 311 complaints. If you go to the district they are going to cover for her! If you witness her abuse such as calling a student a “hood rat” or talking to students about the north shore versus the south shore and how white people need their power taken away and how our school needs to be “blacked up” you need to report it to OEO and SCI.

We have truly great staff members and we need the support of out parents and community to speak up and help save our jobs!

The only racist here at PRHS is our new principal and it must be stopped!

Lexi Awana
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Lexi Awana

After a harrowing and hair raising meeting with her I went home and immediately filed complaints with 311 and Special investigators office. Everyone on this page should file complaints. If you don’t it’s like voting. If you don’t vote you have no right to complain
Same here

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Today for the first time in 4 years my child was threatened in a school I have never felt safer sending them to. Another student who happened to be African American ” threatened to knock the curls off that white face” apparently later the other student reported that she was told in a meeting with the the principal how this island is divided North vs South and that white girls from the South Shore look down on them. I now worry about my daughters safety as I feel the principal has now started a racial issue. Timothy Gannon made this school a family, there were no cliques let alone racial issues. I will be reporting the incident to OEO and SCI but I wanted to let other parents know what is going on. The break up of collegiate and gateway is disgusting. I found out via Snapchat from my daughter and have yet to receive a letter home. This principal needs to go she has been overheard on many occasions saying Port is a failing school and she guarantees it will not be.My child was told as long as she comes to school occasionally and participates in class she is… Read more »

JEM
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JEM

This is our Mayors doing. Hearing it’s a direct appointment from his Leadership Academy and the diversity committee. Go after him and the chancellor.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Complains must be filed with the state. The mayor and chancellor will make excuses and protect her. Call 311! Call the Special Commission of Investigation at 212 510 1500. I called and reported her. They need to be bombarded. This woman must be stopped. And post beyond this site. Don’t stop until she is removed!

Again 212 510 1500. OEO office of equal opportunity also I don’t have the number.

Chuck Stewert
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Chuck Stewert

https://vimeo.com/188215910.

Click on this link to see the Mayor at Port one year ago. Raider spirit cannot be destroyed by Ms.Swinton

Lexi Awana
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Lexi Awana

You tell her Jason!

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There is an interesting comment about Oneatha which says it was posted by a student on ratemyteachers.com

It’s funny how she boasts about a successful educational career in her Welcome letter on the Port Richmond web site. What a joke!

It appears she would be a better match for a job in maintenance such as MTA station agent for example or school janitor since she has experience in the school environment. Dealing with people in a professional school setting is not for her.

http://www.ratemyteachers.com/oneatha-swinton/2432426-t

Jul 10, 2017
Miss Swinton taught a class I was in while she was principal. She graded everybody based on whether not she liked them. Nobody ever knew how they were doing in the class or what their grades were because she never put grades in. I passed so I guess it wasn’t that hard but I didn’t learn nothing . So they just added a class to my schedule for no reason n wasted my time.

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Another relevant comment from the bottom of the following site

https://bryanthighschoolmadness.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/superintendent-tamika-matheson-its-time-you-put-kids-first-give-us-a-new-start-and-a-new-principle/

One thought on “Superintendent Tamika Matheson, its Time you put “Kids First ” Give us a New Start and a New Principle”

Concerned Teacher February 22, 2014 at 3:24 am Reply
We are dealing with a situation at the Secondary School for Law in Brooklyn, another school this superintendent oversees. The principal, 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!

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More reviews to support Oneatha’s “stellar” record https://www.greatschools.org/new-york/brooklyn/6485-Secondary-School-For-Law/ You How would you rate your experience at this school? Terrible Bad Average Good Great RECENT COMMENTS Community member Overall experience As a former student, I witnessed the chaotic system of the prinicpal at its finest. She was not motivational at all torwards the entire student body, but only to those who had high grades. The workload was decent depending on your teachers but there was little to no help provided. All of the support that my peers and I got, were from the non-profit organization known as PRY. They were the REAL support system many of the students had. The Guidance counseler was always occupied with things other than her obvious job, many students found no support or guidance which led them down the wrong path. My piece of advice: Don’t allow your child to attend this school or else your asking for them to become miserable and lost. Submitted by a community member · March 14, 2014 Report Review Teacher Overall experience The Principal is the source of conflict and strife at the school. As a teacher at the school, I have seen how she gets around rules and does… Read more »

Keep the faith
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Keep the faith

Someone needs to get to The Post.
The hiring practices of the Mayor and chancellor need to be exposed.
Just keep bombarding people with letters and calls so they are forced to hear.
Unfortunately the mayors office is like the Magia If you put yourself out there too much you get a target on your back.
I know NY 1 would like to speak with DOE parents regarding SI school issues.
Contact them. Asap.

Feeling baffled.
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Feeling baffled.

I’m questioning the need for ” clean up”. Why were we as parents not given a heads up that we were that much in need of such change?
The absolute opposite leadership style?
Why weren’t we told prior to her arrival that we were a ” focus” school?
We were led to believe our school was doing very well and coming up from where it had been enrollment and graduation wise.
Why can’t anyone answer this question

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The school was doing well. It may not have been perfect but there were many wonderful things happening. My child is a senior and has had a great high school experience until now. Ms. Swinton came in and wants us to believe she was sent to save the school because it makes her feel better about herself. She is a liar and manipulator. We saw that when she told us untruth after untruth at the PTA meeting. She kept insulting Port and bragging about herself. I nearly threw up.

Support Port
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Support Port

According to the district “mathtarded” is in the urban dictionary so it is an appropriate term. Thanks Lodico. Everyone was under the impression you are a Port supporter! Smh!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

So are skeet, slut, stfu and ball sac…That does not mean they are appropriate for use in a school building, especially by an administrator. The urban dictionary is full of vulgar, inappropriate, offensive and discriminatory language.

When will Mr.Lodico and the DOE own their mistake and reassign this woman? Are they waiting for her to do irreparable damage to an impressionable adolescent with her venomous tongue? Parents must notify the media and scream and yell until she is removed. Stage a protest. Do something. Let people know how the DOE is making excuses for her behavior.

Teachers fear retaliation. Parents have the power. What is worse than 7 school days with Oneatha Swinton? 7 more.
Act now!!

Keep the faith
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Keep the faith

Hmmm. Urban dictionary is a go to for educators? No. They are useless. I heard parents were told to schedule meeting with the administrators if they were concerned. It can’t be okay to cut Gateway and Collehiaye. The process has us APPLYING for PROGRAMS not really schools. It’s not like you’re in your zoned schools and you’re going there anyway. Many of the students in those programs came specifically to this school for those programs. Without them they would’ve gone elsewhere. If I am forced to move my child due to lack of proper program it will cause the child and our family complete and unnecessary stress and educational issues. For what? There were things exclusive to these programs that kids wanted that they won’t get because the funding will be gone. I still can’t see how it’s ok to make these changes without formally having parents involved. Plus shouldn’t there have been a phasing out of programs rather than a drop. So current student finish up with it while new students are directed to apply for the new honors program rather than the former ones. In three years the programs are completely changed over. Far less drama and aggravation… Read more »

Keep the faith
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Keep the faith

Sorry. Fingers slipped.
Collegiate.

Keep the faith
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Keep the faith

Can you send the email
Where the district states that to someone to confirm?

cecmike@verizon.net is a good one.
Perhaps he can shed light on this response.

Let us know.

The N word is in the urban dictionary as well. I don’t think anyone would like that one used in professional forum.

Keep the faith
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Keep the faith

Support Port.

Please send proof that the superintendent and the district think use of this word is okay.

It’s important. You can’t go by hearsay.

Need proof that was said.

cecmike@verizon.net

Support Port
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Support Port

It was a verbal communication.

Keep the Faith.
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Keep the Faith.

Please contact this office.

http://www.cchsnyc.org/cchs_members_20152017

Specifically for HS.

Keep the Faith.
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Keep the Faith.
Anonymous PRHS staff member
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Anonymous PRHS staff member

I am a member of the staff at PRHS. I love the saying “I’d rather have the devil you know versus the devil you don’t know.” Yes Gannon did make a “family” atmosphere. But Gannon did have his favorites and the others he would secretly have investigated. Most SLC’s became ceremonial at best, with only some working for them. Funded programs like Gateway, Collegiate, and Medtech did work for the school. Some graduated have gone on to Ivy League colleges. We were all shocked when we found out the SLC’s and Gateway were shut down. We found this out through an email from a colleague, NOT from Ms. Swinton. She has also brought in Felicia Holtzman Otto as the AP of Guidance, BUT she is acting like the AP of the whole school just like at John Jay. Here are some other things I have witnessed/found out while there: 1. The first day we were given a 50+ page staff handbook which is micromanaging at its best. 2. In that same meeting she told us 5 times she was a “highly effective principal;” and if we were in Brooklyn we’d be broken up already. 3. Most schools in Staten Island… Read more »

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She has already done something. She is there and she should not be given her horrible past. In fact its not her past she is a horrible educator and in my opinion she should be banned from the field. The educational field has enough issues and we do not need folks like Oneatha who create problems. Of course the union does not want to get involved- they are often a conflict of interest. I know from personal experience how the union takes your money and refuses to work for you when they should. That is why there have been lawsuits against the union in federal court and some people advocate for making New York a right to work state. We all know or we should know at this point how unions are often in bed with management in order to serve their own interests . Therefore using resources other than the union would be much better!

Found success at Port.
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Found success at Port.

Deans are supposed to carry 2 classes at minimum.

Question.
I see no mention of programs other than Culinary in the budget last I looked.
Am I reading this wrong?
Are honors programs on the agenda for replacement or not?

Anonymous PRHS staff member
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Anonymous PRHS staff member

Only Gateway funding has been removed. They are merging with Collegiate and are calling it the Honors Academy.

Found success at Port.
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Found success at Port.

We need that in writing. Why hasn’t the administration addressed this in writing? There are many families who work more than one job. They only know what is sent home through the mail.
If Gateway and Collegiate are merged it should be sent to us in formal letter

Pasta is good
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Pasta is good

Interesting. A parent I know that is working with other parents to make sure information is accurate and that funding is restored just said that she hears from the DOE that Gateway is not cut. That Ms Swinton told them that.
Hmmmm

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

Grieve the dean positions. Those positions needed to be posted first.

mexican junior at port
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mexican junior at port

i really feel bad for the teachers and deans. You can see the difference between last year and this year. The teachers and deans are almost scared of the principle. I miss mr gannon. i really hope she gets replaced by the end of the year. i would hate to have my senior year as her as principle.

Call 311 and SCI
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Call 311 and SCI

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Raising the white flag.
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Raising the white flag.

Personally. I’m very unhappy that parents are completely powerless. We can do all of these things. Bottom line we are done for because A) this is an African American woman. We will be slammed with sexism and racism. B). The Mayors office will back her. No question. C) no one cares what happens to this poor minority school. That’s a fact. To quote her Tottenville parents carried on over a dress code and got a decent guy removed. Susan Wagner got a top notch guy. What does port get? Controversy and cut programs. A field is disrepair that took Gannon years of yelling before it got on the list for repair. Notice it’s not done yet. Susan Wagner. Beautiful field. Beautiful new building. Hmm Petrides where the district office is got a huge make over. While port has a horrible field that is actually falling apart. No one cares about port. Accept it. Looking to transfer my child if things don’t improve. I suggest you all do it. Let DOE shut this school if that’s their intent. She said it herself at the pta meeting how many schools could go under that roof. She even mentioned ALC. DOE has been… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Please do not surrender. I am a Port Richmond faculty member and there are so many of us who love the school, love your children and work tirelessly every day to help develop responsibile young adults. We do not want to give in. We want to fight. The Chancellor and Mayor and Superintendent knew about this woman’s history of abuse and unethical behavior and sent her anyway. But that does not mean we need to be okay with that. I personally refuse to let them win… And most of all, I refuse to sit back and watch this woman damage the development of children, with her hateful words and desire to create tension. Screw that. Please make this situation public. Plan a protest. Alert the media. Report her and the higher ups who support her. But don’t give up on Port Richmond, the staff who love working there and your children. You picked Port for a reason and we can reclaim it.

Found success at Port.
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Found success at Port.

I will say. I’m digging for info. I’m fighting. But it’s very hard. My child doesn’t want to leave. I simply want her program restored. The one I signed her up for when we applied She’s very happy there. Happier there than she’s ever been. I’m extremely disappointed that this is a situation that could be wonderful but it doesn’t look good. I see many parents who feel like me. That they just want their child Dalit and successful. PRHS is a good place. While I understand the numbers need improving. I feel we were on that road. My oldest child attended as well. And I can see the improvements since he was there. I am baffled as to why DOE is always stopping progress. I was very hopeful that a PRHS alumni would come in and simply build upon the success that was starting to happen. Not start over and change everything. I fail to see how changing Honors programs. You know the programs that provide GRADUATES since that’s the goal. To yo the graduation rate…how that will help anything. I think we are planted and hopeful that we work for positive changes. Our child is quite invested at… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

If you are willing to post an email address, you don’t have to use your real name, and I will contact you. If we work together and can make progress, your daughter and the staff would all benefit. Please consider posting an email address.

Found success at Port.
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Found success at Port.

I’m working on a secure way to do so.

Found Success at Port
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Found Success at Port
D
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D

Amen!

D
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D

Please do not give up so soon. Parents, students and teachers working together have more power than what they think. The issue here is Oneatha’s track record of abuse. If Oneatha believes Port Richmond High School is racist that’s quite ironic given she graduated from the school. If Oneatha insists on claiming Port Richmond is racist she needs to take a closer look at herself. As the saying goes it takes one to know one.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I work at Port Richmond and I can say that we are not a school full of racist teachers. Nor do we have racist students. One of the most amazing and impressive things about Port Richmond has always been how diverse we are how everyone is judged based on behavior and character, not skin color. We have black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Indian, African, fat, skinny, learning disabled,geniuses, athletes, “nerds”, mentally ill, wheelchair bound, rich, poor.. We have it all. And people get along. No one really considered race until Oneatha started spewing that within two days of her arrival. Was the staff mostly white, yes. Would it be nice to have a mix of ethnicities of qualified individuals, yes… So apply. But don’t assume that just because the staff is mainly white that we don’t love the kids and they don’t love us back. Diversity and tolerance/acceptance for all has defined Port Richmond and we cannot let this crazy, lying woman take that from us!

D
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D

If everyone is saying such great things about the Port Richmond community and then here comes Oneatha bragging on herself and instigating problems then obviously Oneatha has to take the nearest exit. Given that I and others in the John Jay building have been witnesses and victims of her abuse then it does not take a rocket science to figure out that Oneatha needs to be removed preferably from the educational field. But the first place to start is to remove her Port Richmond and do not place her in any school. It pains me to see how she has been allowed to advance in the educational field when she has done nothing but harm the majority of the people she deems to be inferior to her whether it be parents, students or educators. She may have helped a few but then again those few have most likely been her close friends and family. It is a shame that qualified dedicated educators cannot advance in the same way as Oneatha did yet she is given a position of authority and a blank check to do she as pleases. My question is how did she get to where she is? Merit… Read more »

found success at Port
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found success at Port

My child came from a school that was a very cliquey, non mixed school. She was unhappy the entire time she was there. She experienced bullying from both students and staff. She was excluded a lot because we are not wealthy. It was an awful experience she did not want to go to school most days. She had no intention of going to Port Richmond. But she shadowed since her brother had gone there. She was instantly taken with how friendly and non judgmental the student were, She loved the music program immediately and sat in on the band. I picked her up and she wanted to go there. She wanted to be in Gateway “the great way” In her time there she has had such great experiences. In band, in performing arts, in sports, at clubs and she has stayed on Friday nights for the community time. She has gone to homecoming to the game and dance. She went on an over night trip as well. We have felt blessed since she wants to go to school now. She has many friends She is doing well in school. The teachers are very caring and work with her on her… Read more »

Annette Funnicello
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Annette Funnicello

VERY WELL SAID!

Nic S.
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Nic S.

Ms. Swinton is a graduate of Port and Gateway. Did she come here as some type of vengeance and payback? If that was her intention she needs to leave all the innocent students, staff and parents out of her war path and get some mental treatment. I was hoping that my son got into the program as a freshman next September, but as long as she’s there it won’t be happening.

Found success at Port.
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Found success at Port.

I’m working on a secure way to get you an email address.

Found success at Port.
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Found success at Port.

The chancellor will be on SI at the Town Hall
October 3. PS 48. 6:30-7:30

It’s not easy to get a speaking spot.
But anyone who can get there and sign up early.
If not parents should go and show solidarity.
Power is in numbers. Spread this around.

Worried mom
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Worried mom

I went and nothing came of it since the Chancellor basically refused to acknowledge port Richmond

Anonymous
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Anonymous

One question to the parents : How do you feel knowing that your child is coming to school and being taught by teachers that are angry, resentful and disgusted ? Think about that for a minute ! Please get involved so the PR staff can be restored to what made it such a great place. Negativity follows negative people.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I work at Port Richmond High School and was prepared to dismiss all of this blog and all negative things about Ms. Swinton as pure rumor. However, in the short time she has been at the school, she has proven every negative word about her true. She is dismissive, ornery, condescending and speaks to the staff as if we are morons…She speaks to the students as a first year teacher would. It seems she tries desperately to get them to like her, proclaiming her love for “BIggie” and her childhood in “The Harbor.” Instead of trying to elevate students, she calls them “hood rats.” She greeted the staff the first time by telling them in a dictatorial manner, all the things she did NOT want to see…and telling them how they’d better get used to being uncomfortable. Moreover, her fluctuations between yelling and a whisper bordered on psychotic…and I won’t even touch on the letter she sent home to parents!! Judging by the grammar mistakes, Oneatha isn’t only “Mathtarded.” I hope she realizes that we are a close-knit community and we will push back!

D
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D

I am quite sure the public i.e. media would want to know why an alleged educational leader does not know how to compose a letter without grammatical mistakes.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Your use of the word “bordered” was quote generous.

Please save Port
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Please save Port

I’m truly frightened for my child.
She was so happy in this school. She’s so upset with how unhappy her teachers are this year
The students are baffled at this woman. They can’t figure her out.
I’m upset that our school leaders care so little for our children that they would place someone who is clearly not a professional and is a narcisstic person who loves to talk about how proven she is. And how wonderful.
It seems that everyone is a liar. Not her. She’s the best. According to her.

Please save Port
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Please save Port

There’s another principal on SI that the chancellor adores that says ” yous”. Has disrupted classes for her own personal reasons. Retaliates against staff students and parents and has used the word ” quickerly”. And the Chancellor adores this person.
Therefore we need to look to where are true issues lie.
She will keep her. The Mayor will keep her. They don’t let bad principals go. May I suggest the chancellor make Ms Swinton her personal assistant??

Go to the Town Hall. October 3. Ps 48. 6:30-7:30. Yes. She gives us a lot of time…..

Tell her how we feel.

Worried mom
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Worried mom

It was pointless as the Chancellor wouldn’t address anything port Richmond related

Anonymous
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Anonymous

She thinks by “making friends” with the kids she can use the kids to turn against whoever she wants. That’s the oldest trick in the book.

Pasta is good
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Pasta is good

Urban dictionary is her friend.
Was told by a student that she used ” turnt” today in an assembly.

Too many lies
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Too many lies

Be aware that a parent group that wrote to the Marie Castelucci and Lodico were told that Gateway is NOT cut.
That the principal
Did not say this to the parents during the PTA meeting. Okay. I was there. She spoke at length about it… answering questions. Telling parents she has students helping her come up with a name for a new honors program.
In between talking about how wonderful
She is. So who is lying? Her? The Superintendent ?
Aren’t their salaries from our taxes? Why don’t we have a say?
Btw. I was told an attorney was copied on the response. An attorney. Parents can’t ask questions without an attorney seeing them. Really????
Go to the town hall. It’s an election year. Let the chancellor and mayor know that we want them fired for the way they don’t care about our children.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I work at the school and personally saw an email from the CUNY Gateway contact, dated September 12TH. The Gateway Coordinator from PRHS was trying to keep the program. This was the email response, verbatim: “There is nothing further the Gateway organization at City College is able to do to clarify the status of the PR Gateway program. Principal Gannon signed a Letter of Agreement for the 2017-20 cycle of funding. The program is listed on the school’s web page and in the current HS Directory. There are 125 STEP eligible students from PR on file with N.Y.S. We have heard nothing officially from the present PR administrators. As you know, we fund the school $100 per eligible student. The network limits the number of schools so that we are able to maintain that level of funding. Much has changed in the structure of the program in the last 15 years. While adhering to NYS guidelines, Gateway adjusts it’s expectations based on each school’s needs and culture. However, we continue to reply on support from the school’s administration and strong leadership by the coordinator and team teachers. While we recognize that you have been a strong advocate for your students,… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I am a student at port Richmond high school and all the things said are true. She’s my principle and I (no joke) never seen her once. The thing that pissed me off the most is how she totally forgot about 9/11. One of my teachers that are close to the principal had to tell her to say something. They do morning announcements at 9 , which is when she should have acknowledged the event, instead she waiting until 2:10 (last period of the day) to say something. She doesn’t even try to get to know the students. I miss mr Gannon tbh and his morning announcements. #oneathaout

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Ms. Swinton has also 86’d a neighbothood man who lives on a fixed income from the school and the food pantry that was set up mainly for people in the community. Are we not a community school? This very old and fragile man graduated from Port and is a familiar face to staff and students. So the school with the heart has become the school with Heavy. Heaven help us.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

She won’t allow B access to food? Oh wow. She is heartless.

Please save Port
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Please save Port

Wait. How can you keep
A neighborhood man out of food pantry?

found success at Port
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found success at Port

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w-hvjhjFcA

This is Mayor DiBlasio complimenting the progress and amazing work that Port Richmond HS was doing Press conference from PRHS Sept 2016
So if this is the case WHY did he and the Chancellor send someone to come and completely restructure the school???

Are they interested in all in our children??

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I personally, do not use social media. However, please consider making a Facebook page dedicated to the removal and exposure of Oneatha.Spread it like wildfire. All it takes is 1 fb page and 1 friend request. We all know how fast information travels through social media ! What better way than to let students, staff, parents and community members get an inside glance. Let the students read about their Principal for themselves. Build a FB page and pass it around. Let the students go home and show it to their parents and guardians !

found success at Port
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found success at Port

This is a letter our family wrote to the Advance (when it was till our local paper…) about our experience at Port Richmond HS with our disabled son. He had had a terrible time in school and Port was more than willing to accept the challenge. He was in the GATEWAY program You know, the one that has been defunded, because apparently it does not work…well proof positive it works. And here is proof. Our son is willing to speak on behalf of the school and the program he feels turned his life around. He had an incredible para there who I heard is retiring, I am sure she is finding the change hard and I am happy for her to go and find peace, she deserves it. Please read about our gratitude for his years as a Raider… Four years ago, when we told people we had chosen Port Richmond High School over all of the other high schools on Staten Island to send our son who had a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome, we were greeted with many questions of “why?” They could not understand what made us choose this school. But we have never regretted our decision, especially… Read more »

Percy Livermore
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Percy Livermore

This is a Tuesday morning Raaaader blast…Swinton has to go. Start a Facebook page and get the ball rolling. The mayor is up for reelection, we have power in numbers

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Make a FB page and all of Staten Island will know about this by 5pm today. Word spreads fast through social media .

Please save Port
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Please save Port

And the Mayor certainly doesn’t want to affect the North shore vote. It’s the only vote he gets on Staten Island.
The video of him and the Chancellor coming and speaking about port richmond 9/2016 is proof that he wasn’t advocating for a restructure of the school.
Call him out on the choice he and the Chancellor made placing her at Port. She’s a bad fit. She doesn’t belong there.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Who is the Administrator of the gateway program in NYC. Please if anybody has the contact information should not hesitate to put it out for other parents to follow up with the PA. We need to address this explosive issue with a face book page as a matter of urgency.

Please Save Port
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Please Save Port

yes because when the superintendent questioned her she said she did NOT dismantle Gateway. Parents were mistaken……

Let's Roll
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Let's Roll
Anonymous
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Anonymous

Please make sure the focus of the page is not only Gateway, but all of the issues, inappropriate comments, lack of communication and offensive and discriminatory behaviors. Oneatha Swinton has no place around our children. Please post the parent letter that went around and copy and paste comments from this page to the new Facebook page. We need the information in as many mediums as possible. You could also share the links and info via Twitter, Snapchat. Everywhere. Thank you.

Please Save Port
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Please Save Port

It is important that families attend the town hall meeting on October 3 at PS 48
The Chancellor will be there
She needs to hear our voices. She has allotted 6:30-7:30 to discussion. I advise everyone to get there early
Car pool, cab or take buses because parking in that area is very scarce.
Come early so you can sign up to speak.
Very important that we be a presence there. The media will be covering her appearance here.

Please Save Port
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Please Save Port

Please email:
Yvette Davis-Edwards HS parents support

ydavisedwards@schools.nyc/gov 718-420-5667

Also go directly to the chancellor because Ms Davis Edwards is supposed to resolve issues within a week. My guess is that the response will be that Ms Swinton will say that parents misunderstood again. But you still have to contact her

Chancellor Farina
schools.nyc.gov/contactdoe/chancellormessage.htm

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Parents were not mistaken as the ap of guidance stated that gateway and scholars are gone. Swinton must swiftly go

Let's Roll
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Let's Roll

Exactly. She’s lying to the superintendent. Is that alright?? How can that be?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Felicia Holtzman-Otto.. ?? I don’t get it. What exactly is her role ? Assistant Principal of Guidance ? Assistant Principal of Port Richmond ? Secretary? Principal in training ? Student teacher ? WEIRD.

Law Teacher
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Law Teacher

Swinton’s mini-me. She could have taken over SSL or another school, but when you’re being fed from the master’s table, why jump ship (mixed metaphors!!!!)?

Another NYC Teacher
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Another NYC Teacher

Holtzman’s role is; as it was at Secondary School for Law, her Acolyte/follower.

Concerned parent
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Concerned parent

Parents need to work together. This women is not fit to be a principal. Her lack of respect for the parents and students at Port cannot overlooked. Collegiate, Gateway, VE, TV media and Med Tevh, all these small learning communities have been broken up. What was once a system that worked is being torn down. Why? Does she need to prove that her system is better then another principal; a man that created a family, welcomed his students, knew his students, cherished being a Raider instilled in our children; walk with pride because they are Raiders not a number. As students of both Gateway and Collegiate the reward for hard work was a special trip. Collegiate was suppose to go to Disney, as parents we raised money, the students were excited and the trip was cancelled without any notice to parents who sold raffles and raised money for their children to go on the trip. They worked so hard taking extra classes, AP classes and college now but they will no longer be reward for the extra work they have done. I’m not sure what Gateway had planned as my child was a Collegiate student, she chose it for the… Read more »

Please Save Port
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Please Save Port

Please call 311 and lodge complaints. You can do it anonymously.
They have a DOE help and complaint line.
Email the Chancellor. Email the Mayor. Email the Superintendant The CEC. The High School parent representative. Make phone calls too.
Lodge a complaint with NYS ed department.
Go to the Town Hall meeting. Oct 3. 6:30. PS 48.
Make signs. Hold them up.
Call the press.
The more people who say things the more they are forced to address this.
Join the Facebook page.
Just writing on here isn’t going to work.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

At today’s “meeting” how come only students that were black, Hispanic or special education addressed in the school “data?” What about students that are asian? middle eastern? white? Port Richmond is not just populated by black, Hispanic and students with IEPS.

Please Save Port
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Please Save Port

PEP meeting.
October 25. 6 pm. Petrides campus. The chancellor will be there.
We need to represent and make noise.
Panel for Education Policy meeting.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The “data” did not even make sense. The only thing it validated is that Oneatha is definitely “mathtarded” and a manipulator of numbers. Seems she’s good for that.

Anyonymous
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Anyonymous

They are the majority

Ezra
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Ezra

A lot of the NEGATIVE comments about Ms.Swinton has made me laugh. Anyone who has gotten a chance to know her knows how much of a GREAT principal she is. Ms.Swinton was one of the main people who supported all PSAL activities in the school. You could catch her at basketball games cheering on her students with a John Jay sweater and even at track meets cheering student of ALL grades on. Anyone who has heard about my relationship with Ms.Swinton knows we bumped heads ALL THE TIME! Junior year I hated her. I thought she was out to get me because she always told me to get to class or to get my act together. I realized that deep down inside she actually cared. I have never met a principal who was so intact with the lives of her students. She would walk around the halls during passing giving us high fives and reminding us education is key. All the kids who were outrageously disrespectful , and interrupted the learning process was constantly getting lectured by Ms.Swinton. What other PRINCIPAL do you know cared this much? After I realized that Ms.Swinton was not a monster coming after me but… Read more »

Let's Roll.
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Let's Roll.

HA HA HA.

Did your nose grow writing this??

First of all. An authority figure is not your friend.
It is impossible for an entire class to earn scholarships. Impossible.
She’s great because she uses slang?
Port Richmond knows a great principal because they just had one.
She’s a liar and she will get herself caught ine day.
How about keeping Collegiate and Gateway? Medtech? Media? Those are all scholarship worthy programs?
The people she brought are unqualified.
Oh yes. That’s a great leader.
Putting down and insulting an educated staff is not the way you find success as an educational leader.
We are not stupid. We came into this with open minds and she. Herself have filled us with the truth about her.
Tell your story walking troll.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Oh it’s possible. A new principal equals a hard transition. Give her time to show everyone how great she is.

Let's Roll.
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Let's Roll.

There is no such ” hard transition ” going on at ANY of the other schools on Staten Island who have new principals this year.

This is the only school having issues.

Quite tell tale.

You cannot have students apply for specific programs
Go to a school FOR those programs. And have them yanked away with zero notification and zero discussion. This is not a communist state. This is the USA. And or schools are funded by tax dollars. Therefore they cannot be run by dictator style rule.
We have the right to speak up.

D
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D

How much did Oneatha pay you to write this statement?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Sounds like Oneatha wrote it herself. The sentence fragments and the use of the word “hero” gave her away! Only Oneatha would describe herself as a hero. That post is the only one on this site that is full of untruths.

D
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D

Interesting. If Oneatha did write that statement she must be looking for attention. Instead she should grab the nearest dictionary, thesaurus and grammar text. There are indeed a plethora of grammatical mistakes and if we did a line by line correction it would be too time consuming!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO ??? Go teach your kid something productive.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Ms.Swinton was the best principal anyone could ever have!!! She always made students aware that she was there to fulfill our needs and wants. She pushed us to be nothing but the best and never let any of us give up on our dreams!!!! You people speak on her name as if you know her, it was the worst to see her go. The school will never be the same without her! In order for students to exell they need to feel comfortable and comfident , this is what Ms.Swinton is all about. She made sure all of the students got what they deserved and more! She is a great principal and a great person.

D
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D

Another paid commentator! Those of us who had negative experiences know enough to determine that Oneatha is a charlatan.
By the way you wrote exell when it should be excel. Comfident should have been spelled confident. Ms. Swinton helped you so much but she couldn’t make sure you learned to spell properly! People judge you based on your writing which includes grammar, syntax, spelling etc. These positive posts about Oneatha seem mighty suspicious. They are all filled with misspelled words and other issues.

Shazil
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Shazil

I fear you may be looking too deep into our “grammar, syntax, spelling” errors instead of what we’re trying to say. We’re humans so we’re fallible so please excuse our mistakes. Instead analyze what we’re trying to say.

D
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D

It seems I was not the only one who noticed these numerous mistakes with these staged positive comments. We had enough interaction with Oneatha to know that these positive statements are suspicious. You are speaking to us as if we were morons when we witnessed and experienced her abuse first hand. Just because Oneatha has friends it does not mean these flowery comments can erase her horrible actions.

Shazil
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Shazil

Your choice to categorize our comments as “staged” or “suspicious” are misguided; they’re positive because they reflect our interactions with her. I apologize if it sounds like we’re speaking to you all as if you’re inferior but that’s truly not our intent. You’ve had her for less than a month and it concerns us how quickly you resort to use the words “experienced her abuse” when we were students under her admin for years and understand that she only seeks to improve the school. An open mind shouldn’t close so quickly; was it really ever open?

D
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D

The amount of time I have known Oneatha is not relevant. In addition it’s funny how people can present valid proof demonstrating Oneatha’s misdeeds yet this is disregarded. Just because you are biased towards her does not override the evidence against her. It’s also funny how you folks or maybe you are Oneatha clones think you are obligated to make such over the top comments praising her yet you do not want anyone to say anything different.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

LMFAOOO

Let's Roll.
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Let's Roll.

We will gladly give her back. Please let the chancellor know. In fact we will let the chancellor know that your school is very upset without her and that we will send her back.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You can have her back.

Shazil
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Shazil

After reading this I was very surprised by how quickly many of you were to assume the worst. I understand the curiosity to getting a new principal and wanting to make sure you got a principal that would at least make you feel safe and many of these comments are disheartening but as a recent alumni of law alway me to clear up some of what was aforementioned in order to dispel any worries. For starts many of the comments made from 2014 and before are from teachers that disagreed with her leadership. There is no leader in history that was successful at being liked by everyone. An effective leader doesn’t seek to be liked, and effective principal doesn’t seek for teachers to like him/her when they’re preoccupied with making the school a better place which in this instance is exactly what Swinton did. Throughout her many years as principal and my 4 years as a student I witnessed Swinton be a strong advocate for all students as she worked hard to create opportunities for us. Every law student benefited from this and PRHS students will as well in due time with the right support. Now to the controversy with… Read more »

D
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D

Around the time of the merger Law was identified as a dangerous school with parents being given the option to transfer their children elsewhere. For some reason parents were not informed of this right. One particularly disturbing incident was when Oneatha publicly humiliated students to tears in an assembly. There were many other incidents that could fill up a book. Yet some of you puppets are so quick to defend Oneatha. So Oneatha cares for all students yet she publicly humiliated them in violation of the regulations. Interesting!

Shazil
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Shazil

“Publicly humiliated students to tears in an assembly”, I find it hard to believe that an involved student could go 4 years with out hearing about this famous assembly. It’s a rumor and even worse it has no merit. Parents were notified of the schools status and option to transfer, I know this because I was a sophomore at the time and my parents were in fact notified. I remember that same week as students discussed it often and refused to accept that our school was “dangerous”. I also remember the following year when parents and students were notified that Swinton had been successful in her efforts to redeem our school and get Law off that list. Now that is interesting!

D
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D

Just because you are in denial about it does not negate its existence. Maybe you were absent that day, maybe you have selective memory or perhaps you were not one of the students she humiliated.

Shazil
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Shazil

There was no such student.

Let's Roll.
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Let's Roll.

Keep calling 311 people. They’re scared. That’s why the planted comments and propaganda are rolling in. It must be working. Double up the efforts.

The PRHS community is NOT caring about what happened at LAW. They are commenting and complaining about the destruction she has already brought to our school. Cutting our programs. Denying funding. Dividing our kids and faculty. Speaking down about our former administrator. What is past is past. We are talking about now and she is not a good fit here.

Keep it up folks. They’re trying to get us to back down. Double your efforts.
All lies. All lies.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Absolutely. We won’t stop fighting until she is removed. Port deserves better. All children deserve better. She clearly has reached out to these “former students” and asked them to defend her. I doubt they are trolling their former principal’s page from their prestigious universities. If they are, that is questionable and plain weird! How sad that Oneatha cannot redeem herself by controlling her behavior and acting appropriately so she needs to get others to defend her. I’m still not convinced these positive comments weren’t written by her.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

With all due respect Principal Swinton does not need anyone to defend her especially students. Onetha simple doesn’t have the time to reply to every single complaining parent because she is busy working on ways to please everyone at the same time and organizing ways to make PRHS complaint free.

Lexi Awana
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Lexi Awana

Interesting how all the POSITIVE comments are ANONYMOUS. Hmmm? Perhaps Oneatha is some kind of acronym for Anonymous?

D
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D

Even though PRHS was not present when Oneatha violated people at Law and Journalism, her actions at these Brooklyn schools proves that the PRHS complaints about her are valid.

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I checked the Facebook page for her last school there was one post from last year’s graduation. No crying no sobbing and it seems Ezra was the student speaker at graduation 2016. Anyone can go see some videos of graduation and pics of some awards given. Now go look on the Port Richmond High School page to graduation 2016. The tribute to our wonderful leader as he prepared to leave. The staff and students past and present who love this school. They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Shazil
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Shazil

https://www.facebook.com/lawsga/ The page you were referring too. I invite everyone to explore it in depth as it reflects the community Swinton was able to influence. It was student made and run and it was only the first year so keep that mind. But there was a lot of crying and sobbing excuse us for choosing to focus only on the brighter side of celebratory occasion.

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

Congrats to the class of 2017. Interesting you found this page. Shouldn’t you be busy at college? One has to wonder who pointed here. Anyhow- Glad Ms. Swinton made a positive impact on your life. Get in touch with your favorite teachers- those who didn’t leave because of Swinton- and ask them if they share your starry point of view. And we both know that not all students feel the way you do. How is it that this superstar of an administrator managed to anger so many teachers? Why is it that so many left Law? Pity you didn’t get to know half of them because they left long before you arrived. Why is it that she turns so many people off? Are all these parents and teachers lying? Please.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

And don’t you have to go cook bobby dinner ?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Oneatha Swinton is a narcissist and it is evident in a first encounter with her. She lies, praises herself, and loves herself above all else. Typical behavior for someone with this disorder is to strike out at anyone who is savvy enough to see through the facade…in this case parents and teachers. She will naturally cosy up to students who are more easily influenced in order to get the adoration she feeds on.. So, we are not buying your Mother Theresa portrait of her…we’ve already glimpsed what’s underneath the paint.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The letter of introduction she posted on the Port Richmond website boasts on how she had such a successful 16 year history with the Department of Ed. Blah, blah, blah!

Lexi Awana
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Lexi Awana

So if she’s had a successful 16 years with the DOE why was she employed at Deutsch Bank on 9/11 as she explained in her letter to parents after the fact?

Let's Roll.
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Let's Roll.

http://www.uftsolidarity.org/ssj/

Article about how ” great ” it was at John Jay. Here’s the illegal merger of Law and Journalism

And more about Felicia Holtzman Otto.

Let's Roll.
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Let's Roll.

https://www.zillow.com/new-york-ny/schools/secondary-school-for-law-63661/

Read this. These grades aren’t the great grades she boasts about. Are they?
The students and staff comment on the bottom. Hmmmm

Shazil
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Shazil

https://www.zillow.com/new-york-ny/schools/port-richmond-high-school-49525/ Your ratings aren’t that higher I barely see a difference.

Let's Roll.
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Let's Roll.

It’s not all about numbers.
It’s about being a decent human being
She’s doing away with the programs so there’s the ability to make everyone the same.
The kids who
Like to come to school for the programs but aren’t good students will no longer come.
At a certain point their grades don’t matter or their registrations will be dropped. Hence no more bad grades. Only kids who would’ve graduated either way are left. But they’re numbers. That make HER look good. Nothing else. PRHS former principal cared about the whole child.
No one cares about your numbers. The link was posted to show illegal merger and the poor leadership of Ms Holtzman Otto who is now a leader at PR apparently not by merit but by association.

Let's Roll.
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Let's Roll.

Oh and 5 star ratings on all reviews which speak of dedicating and loving principal and staff. while the Law ratings give 1 and speak of misery. Give it up.
The lies are not being believed.

” the culture ” of Staten Island to quote her.
Yup. She’s right. The culture. We don’t take kindly to BS.
Don’t pretend you’re one of us and then say we have a different ” culture “.
And the odd behavior when addressing large audiences is a bit worrisome.

Shazil
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Shazil

You made it about numbers not me my friend.

Let's Roll.
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Let's Roll.

And I’m not your friend.
My friends don’t support people that don’t belong around children.

Anyonymous
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Anyonymous

What do you mean it’s not about the numbers, if your child isn’t prepared for college how is having those programs beneficial? Your child was able to go a trip? Whoopie!!! But does he/she meet the CUNY/ SUNY standard entering as a freshman. You aren”t thinking of the bigger picture! Have you ever asked what’s being done to replace the programs? Do you think it’s being destroyed without a replacement? Give Oneatha a chance to work and you will see the greatness she will produce with all of your support. She won’t be able to do it without the help of the community and you guys are bringing her down without getting to know her or allowing her to do her job. Don’t judge a book by its’. cover or what other people are saying, get to know her yourself!

Let's Roll.
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Let's Roll.

Yes. Yes child is attending college. Has a 3.7.
My other child who is currently at port had a 96 average last year and has a 97 average now.
They both are musically inclined and PRHS worked with them to expand on that.
It wasn’t just about trips. It is about being well rounded.most Colleges aren’t even looking at SAT scores now. They look at the whole student.
Grades. SAT. Clubs. Teams. Talent. Dedication. Staying power with activities and commitment.
You sound like you know very little about the college process
And

Lexi Awana
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Lexi Awana

Obviously another post by Oneatha the wonderful! All the positive comments filled with praise are by Anonymous. If you know her to be so great give us your name and where we can find you so you can help us see her greatness too!

Shazil
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Shazil

She advocated for us for over 4 years. I see nothing wrong with taking a break from attending our prestigious universities to advocate for her.

Ezra
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Ezra

I hope you people feel accomplished for coming at a bunch of teenagers who simply got the chance of knowing their principal. I understand that administrators aren’t suppose to be friends. However administrators should allow children to fill welcomed and that school is like a second home. I’m done speaking you adults have way too much time on your hands to be bashing and coming at teenagers. Shame on you all! & to the parents writing on here …..Y’all didn’t even give Swinton a good month in the school yet to be talking all this garbage. Keep listening to google and teachers she FIRED years ago that post anon. Lets remember they were teachers who were fired for not doing their job why don’t you guys give her a chance ? There’s a reason the DOE hired her in the first place. & yes I did speak at Graduation thank you very much. Oh yeah and the “Humans of Law” page doesn’t come close to all Swinton has done for us. Seniors who were busy with senior activities ran the page. So forgive us for not posting every single thing about how our school changed and how great graduation was.… Read more »

D
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D

No one was “bashing” teenagers. People were speaking out against the terrible things Oneatha did and does. All of a sudden you alleged teenagers (we really do not know who you are) came rushing over to defend her.

Shazil
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Shazil

When is this Town hall and where?

Ezra
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Ezra

LOL @ the comment that says “they are scared”. If you’re referring to Swinton and staff you’re wrong. Like I said DOE hired her for a reason. You people need a chill pill. Give her time to make your school great or keep it as “great” as you say it was before she got there. & stop stalkers cause there is no way in hell you would know I spoke at graduation. & btw I was class of 2017. Thanks

Ezra
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Ezra

@ D. You have been on this post for about a year now. What vendetta do you have against Swinton ? Did she fire you too or something. Like let the lady breathe jeez !

D
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D

No one owes you an explanation. At this point however obe must ask what do you have to gain by defending her? You and others seem to get overly upset when people make negative comments about her but that is their right to do so. No one forced you to defend her better yet maybe they did. Your defense of her does not excuse her poor track record. You defend her with such tenacity as if she were a friend, family member, employer or employee– which goes overboard! If you are really in college as you say I would suggest you spend more time concentrating on your work.

Anonymous Teacher
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Anonymous Teacher

I don’t think that the students who say they love Swinton are paid, staged, or fake. Many students love her so please don’t target them for expressing that she cares about them. Because she does care. But she is polarizing for both staff and students. And that is the problem. Students who loved and worked with her for student council and other activities at LAW saw a different side of her than most of the student body, who found her abrasive and slightly ‘psychotic’ to quote a previous comment. This is because she does target students in public ways. It was well known that she would hand out colored folders at grade assemblies according to whether you were on track to graduate (red=not on track, green=on track). This is considered corporal punishment and it is illegal. She manages students and staff with this same mentality of public disparagement and intimidating you into silence. As a former teacher who worked for her, I can say I was scared to speak up in staff meetings for fear of retaliation. I was scared to be seen speaking with someone she was known not to like. And I was a teacher she actually liked… Read more »

Ed
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Ed

I think this comment is the truest one on here. My fear is that she is on a power trip plain and simple.

Graduate of Secondary School for Law
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Graduate of Secondary School for Law

Ms. Swinton is a great principal. I graduated from Secondary School for Law 2015 and was very prepared for college. I am now a junior in college with a 3.7gpa and when I entered college I was advanced in Math because Ms. Swinton made sure we were able to take Advance math courses. I was able to take many AP courses, which helped in college. Let’s talk about College Readiness! What high school should engage their students in. During my time at law I was alloted many opportunities such as being a Pencil Fellow, nomination as a Posse scholar. I was able to Gain many mentors. Ms. Swinton is a principal who is very motivating and always cares for her students. She treated us as her own and was also there to listen. She welcomes everyone with opening arms and cares for the education of students and cares for everyone getting opportunities. She never left anyone behind and is very outgoing. You wont be led wrong under the guidance of Swinton. If you had a bad inter-counter with Ms. Swinton as a student it was because you weren’t doing the right thing and she was helping you stay on track.… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

What I don’t understand is that all these allegations are made about the best principal for John jay school for law and recently port Richmond. The parents and teachers that have an opinion or disagreements about what changes have been made in Port Richmond y’all really need to stop it. Changes are made for a reason. A student learn by moving on to the next chapter. Students making these dumb comments is a mind set for them based on the negative stuff they have done within a school year. A story never end with the same chapters. I have been trying to explain that ms Swinton is doing her job and she know what’s best. She know what changes make things more easier and allow the school to be more effective. She will help your son/daughter accomplish their goals and that’s what teachers and principals are there for.

Anonymous Teacher
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Anonymous Teacher

Grateful Graduate, Congratulations on your success story. But ultimately, you are an anecdotal success story and your personal love for Swinton has no bearing on how the majority of your class or all the teachers who left felt about her. Many of the things you mentioned in your comment are things that you should have access to as a high school student, not things that she provided because she was a “great principal.” I personally spoke to her about offering higher level courses in my content area, and she wasn’t interested.

http://www.indy.education/blog/2017/3/13/teachers-quit-principals-not-schools

The principal helps set the culture which helps retain teachers. The brief, “Musical Chairs: Teacher Churn and its impact on Indianapolis Public Schools” published by Teach Plus stated: “for teachers who voluntarily left a school at some point in their career, 49 percent cited school leadership and 40 percent cited school culture as reasons for leaving.”

Call 311 and SCI
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Call 311 and SCI

Port Richmond’s PC and Athletic director should watch out. Word has it she’s bringing her own person (nepotism!!!) in as a “community communicator” as of Monday.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Ok now y’all need to keep y’all personal feelings to y’all self because this look personal, which is not the point teachers that don’t like ms Switon or don’t like what she brings to the table thats when you guys should come in a sit down with her in meetings and talk about your feelings. Base on what a teacher said in recent comment that him/her is scared of ms Swinton, no teachers should be scared of a principal. Ms Swinton is an outstanding teacher/principal. It’s her job to make the school that she is in, a better school, it’s her job to make changes that make all students comfortable and allotted all opportunities in their school. Also, to provide better programs. People come on, if there was a different principal y’all don’t think that principal would make changes too. People y’all need to wise up bashing on ms Switon not going to make your students/child a better learner, programs are there to set to make the community comes together. That anonymous teacher that congratulated the student in the comment above you are just a funny teacher, and I can see that you are talking about multiple principal, which your… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

People are not bashing her. People have valid reasons for complaining about her. Swinton’s idea of a meeting is speaking down to people and not allowing them to respond or ask a question. That is not the characteristic of a great principal. No matter how much you cry for her she will never be a great leader !

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Just stop. If the school needed Ms. Swinton to come and save the day then how come Mayor DeBlasio and Ms. Farina were applauding the school just last year ? No one in their right mind would place her in an administrative position to “clean up.” However, she might have been placed at PR for her own demise. Her record is no secret and the DOE works in mysterious ways…

Please save port.
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Please save port.

This is all so sad. My child is miserable this year. The climate is awful.

anonymous
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anonymous

In reading all of this, there are a few people that do support this principal in her past school. However, we need to focus in on what the current teachers/students are saying. Most importantly is when parents are stating their child is miserable, taking away beloved programs, teachers being scared .
Most importantly out of the 8 or 9 new principals this is the only one whose complaints can be heard outside of this school and in the community.
We need everyone to contact the press, she is Interim Acting. That means there is an opportunity to prevent further damage from being done. What newspaper does not love reporting on bad educators.
Please contact the press, chancellors office, and remember she is still Interim acting, aka NOT PERMANENT. We have a chance

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Exactly. If you are a parent, rally the other parents. Call the media and report her behavior.

Tranny
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Swinton is biased with other teachers. She takes students out of teachers classes and puts them in classes with teachers she favors. She gives no feedback and lacks enthusiasm when speaking to her students.

Please save port.
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Please save port.

My child just had her entire schedule changed.

New everything.

Inquiry.
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Inquiry.

What is the C-30 process?
It would be helpful if it were explained.

Thank you.

WBmom
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WBmom

Chancellors reg c-30 describes the process for appointing principals and assistant principals in NYC public schools. Candidates are interviewed by the School Leadership Team, which consists of parents, representatives of the UFT and other employee unions. The SLT votes on the candidates and forwards the names of the two with the most votes to the superintendent. The superintendent then forwards his/her choice to the Chancellor who makes the final decision.
The parents and staff at Port need to identify two candidates they can vote on.
Of course there is a lot of “politics” to this but that is how the process is supposed to work.
Hth

Cavani
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Cavani

Let me say this. My name’s Cavani Diggs and I currently attend the prestigious Howard University and am a freshman political science major and that wouldn’t have been possible if not for the complex but effective establishment that is John Jay Schoo for Law. Get the name right and get your facts right. When you walk into this establishment that took me from being in the second rounds of the high school acceptance process and produced the healthiest, brightest, smart, passionate and self aware BLACK individual you’ve ever seen and many of my class and school mates can agree. John Jay under Mrs. Swinton was the best experience of my life and many other students. You learn to be involved and be an intellectual in the real world. Swinton is called crazy, irrational, and a whole bunch of other things by people who didn’t decide to see her views in the light they tried to produce. If it wasn’t for Mrs. Swinton And the many athletic and academic programs she helped establish and get grants for, I would’ve never had the chance to intern at Paul Hastings Law firm over the summer and act as a judge to train students… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

That’s wonderful that she made an impact on your life and that you are doing productive things. I’m not being funny when I say that. That is what educators are supposed to do and I won’t take that experience away from you. I wish you the best.
That said, you were a student and may not have seen all sides of Ms. Swinton. And please put the race card back in your pocket, because this isn’t about race. It is about her inability to lead our school and her inability to learn from her mistakes. Trust that Port has never had a racial divide and she may be the only one who sees color. Does that mean she’s never influenced the life of a child? No. But is she unstable and unethical? Absolutely.
I hope you take the positive lessons and use them and that you can also see the bigger picture

Yikes!
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Yikes!

Ouch, Cavani. If you are going to yell at people for “not getting the name right,” don’t call your school ” John Jay Schoo for Law.”

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Hmmm…”prior to coming to Port”? Freudian slip? Are you, the writer of this, already at Port?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Cavani you forgot to mention that you were one of two student representatives for Law’s School Leadership Team (SLT) so obviously you would have a biased perspective.

Ed
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Ed

Stop putting caps to the world BLACK. Port Richmond has no problem with a black principal. Half the school is black.

Ed
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Ed

Word *

Anonymous Parent
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Anonymous Parent

As a parent who has had a child in the care of Ms.Swinton I must say these posts are funny. Only because 3 years again I thought the same thing. I did not understand why someone would hire her based on the stories my child told me. Then I came to an open house, met Ms.Swinton and judged her for myself. As parent the education and livelyhood for your child is at best interest. As a parent who gave her a chance based on after I met her and the stories from my daughter I realized that my child’s education was also at her best interest. She provided resources including new AP classes. My daughter was also a TAS meaning she had another chance at getting a higher Living Enviorment score while learning to be a leader and help facilitate the classroom. She also ran track which became an official PSAL team just last year. I can’t tell the parents not to feel how they feel because I was once in there shoes. However I understand why the students advocating for Swinton are doing so because she did open a lot of doors for them. My daughter is now a… Read more »

Former Law Teacher
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Former Law Teacher

Know why Law has so many “new staff?” They left because Of Swinton. So the good teachers who taught your daughter’s AP class, coached her in track, helped her get a better Living Environment grade… gone. So much teacher turnover is not good for a school.

Shazil
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Shazil

I’m sorry, but if you left because of your relationship to a principal (or lack thereof) then what does that really say about your dedication to students? An overwhelming amount of the teachers that leave no longer teach in New York anymore. Why do I mention this? Because this shows that many of our teachers leave due to better opportunities, they left graciously with no malice towards Swinton. Honestly I could make a list of teachers that have left and why and we could assume that those I didn’t mention left due to Swinton, and they would be considered only a small portion of teachers that left. A lot of what is being discussed is speculation and rumors stirred and instigated by bitter teachers that don’t reflect the beliefs of even half the teachers that have left.

frmr tchr
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frmr tchr

WRONG!!! I don’t remember a shazil working here. This man has absolutely no idea why teachers left. And he doesnt sound like he has ever worked in a school. Guess what? Teachers who are leaving because of a principal (literally 90% of the staff that left at Law) do NOT tell the students the real reason. Unlike Swinton who would badmouth and bash teachers to students probably to you cvani, teachers would say they were leaving for other reasons. They say they got a job closer to home or something. They tell other teachers and teachers who are think ing of working at that school the real reasons. Think about that sir. Did she ever say things to her fav students about students or teachers? The reasons the former fav students think she is so great are the reasons she is terrible. Its good she helped some students who she really took an interest in but she was awful to staff and to the kids she didnt favor. All…again…ALL of the teachers who left have TERRIBLE things to say about her. Again….ALL ALL And even the ones who went with her know what she is. They see the warts but… Read more »

Shazil
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Shazil

I think after all of this we can now all agree that Ms. Swinton is a great Principal.

Teacher
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Teacher

Ms. Swinton was my principal for several years, so here is my two cents: I disagree with some of the fears/accusations that Ms. Swinton is racist, favors African American children, and doesn’t care about the schools she leads. I have seen her personally teach after school as well as during the school day. Not many principals do that. I have seen her work with difficult students one-on-one, which is what is to be expected of a school leader. On the other hand, she makes the people who work for her feel unappreciated. Yes, she has her “pets” who love her and benefit from being on the inside. But she has turned on so many good teachers at Law that the school has suffered from high-turnover. Good teachers – highly effective teachers with high Regents scores – have left. Teachers, parents, students and staff at Port Richmond will have to decide for themselves what they think. I hope they give her a fair chance. She has several fine qualities. She is an adult who is aware of how people feel about her so maybe she will see PRHS as a new opportunity to be different. Give her a chance, but be… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

She has already violated contractual rights at Port Richmond.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

And she will get more and more bold the more she gets away with it. This is her on her best behavior. Imagine what it will be like when the honeymoon ends?!?! Fight for our school, expose corruption and refuse to accept a deceitful principal for our students.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Exactly. As the saying goes “it’s time to do or die.” Since no one plans to die then something must be done to not allow a vicious/ immoral administrator to be appointed.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Who will stop her from violating people’s rights? Someone needs to. It is clear that she is overly confident and will disregard the laws no matter what.

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

She hasn’t violated any rights.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You are delirious.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You absolutely have, Oneatha. You have violated contracts, violated teacher right, parent rights and students rights. The truth shall be exposed. Clearly you keep coming on the site to try to deflect and defend, but your long standing pattern of behavior can’t be denied.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The person who claimed Swinton did not violate any rights is delirious.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Just because you fail to agree me doesn’t mean I’m delirious. If anything it means your blissfully ignorant

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It’s not a matter of agreeing or not rather looking at her record and seeing that’s where the problem lies. What is ignorant is for Swinton to ask and possibly offer incentives for alleged students to comment on this site.

excuse me?
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excuse me?

where did you see that Gateway was on the chopping block? Gateway Appears in the 2018-2019 High School Admissions book that students are to use to chose their programs We do not just go to our zoned High schools any more as Ms Swinton did when she attended Port Richmond. Gateway was a program to help minorities receive proper college prep classes. It has grown since then to be far more inclusive of all. Ms Swinton probably considers it a racist program since this is the way she believes Staten Island is on a whole. At the PTA meeting she alluded to the fact that she was getting to know “our culture” the “Staten Island culture. If she grew up in SI, then why would she not know it already? And if Gateway was indeed a program in question that still does not explain cutting Collegiate, taking away a trip that hard working students fundraised for, taking away the small learning communities as well. I also heard from a student in the school, that Ms Swinton and her posse went into a classroom filled with students and recorded a teacher. Did she have permission to do this? From the staff… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Maybe someone should record her!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

She has a duty to review all teachers as the principal of the school. The people with her were most likely from the DOE. This isn’t new, just because your ignorant doesn’t mean its illegal.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

How do you know the negative comments are lies? Who are you? I believe you intended to say that Ms. Swinton has the right to employ family and friends a practice she has been known to do.

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

You whole comment was ignorant. Look up a thing called “facts”, ponder on it for a minute maybe, then come back and try your best to stick to them.

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

You would not know what facts are.

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

It’s so painfully obvious that all of the sudden we have Ms. Swinton fans that are coming forward preaching the good news about her. No one buys it and nor does anyone really care at this point. I can tell you for a fact that as a community we are moving forward to have Ms. Swinton removed. There is evidence of fraud ( which is public knowledge) illegal hiring of “employees”and direct and purposeful violations to the contractual agreement. Evidence has been produced and WILL BE used for her removal.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I second that. She was obviously rattled by these posts and by the truth, so she sought out the handful of people she got along with and had them write posts to counteract what we know to be true. No disrespect to a bunch of teens or young adults, but you should not have to defend the ethics and behavior of a grown woman. The Port Richmond community of students, parents and staff WILL NOT allow the permanent assignment of a CORRUPT woman and her cronies. We will fight and the truth will be exposed.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Amen. Oneatha used those kids! I believe the general purpose of this site was to expose corrupt administrators and not to have naive students defend them!

Please Save Port
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Please Save Port

Amen The Port Richmond Community is a family. We will fight to save our school. We will fight to keep our kids on a good track for college and careers. Gateway was a CUNY funded College prep program. Who turns away FREE money from CUNY?? Who would do that? Ms Swinton? Why? Why take away this money from the kids. Why take away opportunities? Why cut Collegiate? Two programs that guaranteed graduates. Then the small learning communities? Some students learn best in these situations. So is she really thinking of the students? I think not. She is trying to create vacancies to bring in friends and family and give them jobs. Simple as that. The children do not matter in the least. She does not belong around children. Perhaps her methods work on a few, that is always possible. But when you are the principal you do what is best for all. And anyone who comes in and publicly talks down the former administrator is UNPROFESSIONAL in my book. Mr Gannon is an amazing man who truly loved the students. Is he perfect, no one is of course. But even if he was horrible, it is completely unprofessional to speak… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This has got to be the perfect rebuttal to all of those Law students claiming Ms. Swinton was such a great Principal!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It’s not just about the money Gateway brought in. She will probably find some fraudulent way to get her hands on the budget to misappropriate funds so she can tell everyone that no money was lost. What’s worse than losing money is that she didn’t even take the time to see for herself what worked and what didn’t. She made a decision based on her own terrible experience in the program and then did not communicate that decision to parents, students or staff.

She unilaterally makes all decisions because she has no respect for anyone else’s opinions. And she is only willing to surround herself with those who will agree with her because she can’t tolerate any other point of view. She feels threatened by anyone with a brain and some experience. First it was Gateway she cut on her own and next it will be the program someone else’s son or daughter loves. She does what she wants with no plan or rationale. This is the sign of an unprepared, ignorant person.

It is also strange that someone who had such a traumatizing experience at Port Richmond would want to come back.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You praise gateway and collegiate as these great programs but your graduation rate doesn’t reflect that PRHS benefitted from them at all. Your in great need of a restructure. Thank Swinton in June after you’ve wasted your time.

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

No one can say with certainty what will happen in June. Therefore, we cannot predict where Swinton will be in June.

J
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J

Gateway had a 100% graduation rate in June. The class of 2018 would have been the first graduating Collegiate class, they are on track to have a 100% graduation rate.There were approximately 130 students in these programs. Med Tech had a 100% graduation rate in June, between 20-30 students.So, what’s the solution? Get rid of three of the best performing programs at Port. Parents and students have not been notified. There are still plenty who have no idea the programs are gone.

HAHAHAHAHA
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HAHAHAHAHA

IT IS PILING HIGH AROUND HERE

HURRY GET THE SHOVELS BEFORE WE ARE BURIED!!

WHERE IS THE POOP EMOJI???

Anonymous
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Anonymous

An explanation of the C-30 process https://jd2718.org/2007/01/14/nycdoe-c30-why-bother/ NYCDOE – C30: Why bother? JANUARY 14, 2007 PM31 10:34 PM C-30 is the process by which principals and assistant principals are permanently appointed to schools. The process involves parent, teacher, school staff, administrator union, and Department of Education (through Region, District etc) personnel. (Before a principal or assistant principal is permanently appointed, the DoE often appoints an Interim Acting (IA) principal or assistant principal.) I don’t know how long C-30 has been around (15 years?) or when it changed (3 years ago) but the change was dramatic. The part of the C-30 that most of us hear about is the Level I Committee. The Level I includes representatives of all the different groups mentioned above, including two UFTers. It interviews the candidates. I have served on 5 (or is it 6) Level I’s. And with the changed regulations, they have become a waste of teachers’ time. (more below the fold) —-> Under the old C-30 regulation, the level I committee would look through resumes and choose which to interview. Then the committee would interview several candidates, and forward recommendations to the appropriate Superintendant, who had the final decision. Under the new C-30,… Read more »

Inquiry
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Inquiry

so then, they did not have a C-30. WHO hired her? Was it Lodico? Or was it straight from the Mayor’s office? How would we find out? Oneatha has said she was sent to Port because it is a Focus school and she is PROVEN…That’s the facts” to quote her. She is proven to push kids out so that only a select few are actually in the building. Then they are all awarded passing grades whether they are present or not….btw Attendance is a legal document that can and has been used in COURT cases to see just where a child was a certain time. Hmmm more laws broken….at any rate, she was brought there according to her to bring the graduation rates up. Since ours were low 59%. She plans to get them to 89% in just one year…. And when Castelucci and Lodico were questioned regarding the cutting of Gateway and Collegiate, the response was that the parents were confused and that Ms Swinton was speaking about the 59% graduation rate. Did Lodico just pawn her off on us for some reason? I thought he was a Port Richmond supporter? Is it illegal to not have a C-30?… Read more »

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This is why everyone needs to get to the media! Contact Anna Lise at the SI Advance! The superintendent is going to appoint her unless the media gets involved! She came in on the attack and it is time to strike back!

Chyna (SENIOR AT LAW CO'2018)
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Chyna (SENIOR AT LAW CO'2018)

I’ll be first to say that tears fell down my face multiple times when Swinton announced her departure from John Jay School for Law. When I was a freshman, the school was Secondary School for Law. I felt out of place and wanted to transfer immediately. After giving it some time to settle in I fell in love with the school, the staff, and nonetheless Ms. Swinton. Earlier this year my sister had to transfer from Clara Barton High School because the school failed to get her into regents classes. Automatically I told my sister to put my school on her list for the transfer because there was no doubt Law’s staff would do what it had to in order for my sister to recieve her requirements to graduate. My sister is my heart, my soul, and my other half. There’s no way I’d let her come to a place where she wouldn’t be treated like family. Yes LAW IS A FAMILY, ALWAYS WILL BE because of Swinton. I don’t care what anyone has to say, a good educational environment is one you feel comfortable in. But as I was saying I was looking forward to having my sister meet… Read more »

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Where does it state that she is hiring teachers illegally? It isn’t a new practice for principals to hire a staff to aid them in the transition of leading a new school. But for the sake of getting past this I hope that the method your taking at least provides you answers. I highly doubt that she will be fired for hiring a staff to aid her. Nor will she be fired for removing a program (Whether she did or did not) that was an executive decision which is what she was hired to do.

Shazil
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Shazil

Wait so your you graduation rate is below 65%, Swinton removes a program that obviously isn’t doing enough to repair your graduation rate and brings staff from a school with a great graduation rate above 90%. I’m honestly laughing right now. Good luck with your endeavors you think you have a solid case but the DOE will laugh too.

Anonymous
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@Shazil…as a former student at John Jay School of Law , you seem to possess a wealth of information about former teachers at your school, where they went, why they left AND the inner workings of the merger of your schools and more…That seems mighty telling to us about who you really are. You are so transparent we can see what you ate for breakfast. Give it up. Go prepare a defense. We are not ignorant and the storm IS coming!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Shazil, do you work for the DOE?

Shazil
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Shazil

Lol no, I’m actually a political science major, minoring in psychology. But now that you mention it I’m intrigued by the possibility of becoming an educator. Hmmmm.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I am not so sure about that. There is no need for future educators who support corrupt administrators. That harms the students and eventually our society.

Shazil
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Shazil

Good thing you have no influence over the hiring at the DOE. You’d probably suspect everyone of being corrupt.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Hopefully Shazil you will never have any influence over hiring at the DOE as well.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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

Anonymous
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Anonymous

If you look at the beginning of this thread dating back to when she was in her old school, not one single vote of confidence. Now look towards the end, (when she is I.A.), we have a “few” voices coming out in support. Conincidence? Granted every teacher/principal has his/her own pets.
She has created a community liason position in her school. Look at the job description, surely matches the job of a parent coordinators role (which is already established). The rumor is that this new individual is her baby’s daddy.
Funny how she lied to the superintendent about gateway, but her own AP of guidance, was told gateway is no longer. Hmmmm, back peddling?
For the individual in here who stated he/she has evidence of what this principal is doing is wrong, please contact the press and bring it to light. Tottenville was able to remove their principal they didnt like and Port Richmond has a stronger community!

Support Port
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Support Port

He is also the parent coordinator from her former school. Funny how he starts on Monday when the job posting just came down yesterday! And she claims there is no funny business with her hiring practices.

Nope.
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Nope.

She’s finally met her match here. This community doesn’t like liars.
She is going down.
There is a paper trail on her.
She should just save herself and the superintendent the humiliation and step down
But she won’t. This is the type of person who believes she is never wrong.
I hope her superiors have more common sense.
I have an idea. Let her work directly with Ms Farina. Standing with her at all appearances. I’m sure Ms Farina would get tired of that attitude real fast.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Im going to post Performance from John Jay
https://gyazo.com/a331c41efd3556c895e923b85b3f9722

Performace of Port RIchmond
https://gyazo.com/7e58b9ebacb76da0bf5372a59cba5f54

Yes graduation rate is higher, but this is what is suspect to me…. Port Richmond has 89% of students feel this school offers varies of programs, classes, activites while John Jay had 75%.
(something funny there on on John Jay’s graduation rates)

Safety
78% at John Jay 84% feel safer at Port Richmond
(something funny there as well).

So Mr. Gannon has obviously built something that is working.

For the record being in the community, Port Richmond is not a Focus school. That is something Ms. Swinton made up.

This is even better…
http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/2ACCE8D3-4C07-455D-8A0D-81591F5A220F/0/CommunityCoordinator31R445Sep112017.pdf

for the record this is exactly what a parent coordinator does and simply no need for a position like this. as the prinicipal is a community liason.

Minimimum requirements for this position as was posted above….
high school degree (Wouldn’t she want someone with a college degree for this position, you put the bar that low, its gotta be for a reason). I guess someone doesnt have a college education getting this position

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This was written by one of her former students last year….

http://www.ratemyteachers.com/oneatha-swinton/2432426-t

if a student can see that……

#2 Pencil
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#2 Pencil

Here is the Chancellor’s Regulation C-30 http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/EC2129CD-18BB-4BD7-8FBF-25C64D94B8F6/0/C30_52115.pdf

Highlight violations. Look who is on the C-30 committee…

If you really think there are any violations committed at Port, then write them down in a bullet form list.comment image

PR
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PR

The DOE is not going to be transparent on what happened here. On how the hiring process works, but it’s our tax money. We can email foil@schools.nyc.gov for files, emails, etc or my friend told me ask the material anonymously through a site called http://www.edufoil.com.

The community needs information.

Just say no
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Just say no

Heard she is going after performing arts next.
Jazz band. She feels it’s unnecessary.
It’s a band you make by trying out and working hard.
Anything that is not all inclusive must go in her eyes. Why can’t our talented students be highlighted?
Strengths and weaknesses are everywhere.

Parent of graduate of school of law
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Parent of graduate of school of law

In this era of “Fake News” and the so called Facebook generation paradigms like these are created and utilized to harm, scare and wrongfully discredit hard working individuals who have dedicated their lives to other by nameless shameful individuals with so obvious alternative motives. When I became aware of this paradigm and read the awful things that are being said about an individual such as Ms.Swinton it hurts me to the core. I remember when I was in the fifth grade and my two teachers absolutely derailed my development as a student and as a person by telling me that I wouldn’t amount to anything in life. Yes I was what can be described as a bad student who was wey too talkative. But a true educator chooses the educational field to transform lives and make a difference in a person development. Not all students are there to make you have a great day so you can sit back and enjoy your latte. Some student maybe experiencing difficulties at home and or just have a difficult life and need that educator to help transform them to realize what is possible. My live and all my success can be solely attributed… Read more »

John Jay Campus
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John Jay Campus

A lot of teachers donated money so that girl could go on her trip. A lot of those teachers have left law because of the principal you are praising. I wonder- if Ms. Karp taught at Law, would she have left too?

Support Port
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Support Port

Her defenders are saying give her a chance… why hasn’t she given one person at PRHS a chance? She has been down right rude and belittling to the staff there. She gives dirty looks instead of a good morning. She makes the staff feel as if we are not good enough for the students and believe me the students are feeling how unhappy the staff is. The kids love us and we love them. Her first staff meeting and every meeting since she talks down to us. And to set the record straight the school received a focus rating in only one area of the quality review everything else was well developed! She needs to stop putting us down and work with us and not against us. The saying goes you get more bees with honey!

Not pleased
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Not pleased

Biggest mistake ever was putting down the hard work of Mr Gannon and the staff.
The school was moving in the right direction
Slow and steady win the races. These are children. Not experiments in numbers.
That’s what wrong with the Leadership academy principals. All statistics. No humans involved. Not a good fit for port richmond HS.
Not sure why the Chancellor backed this selection after SHE herself said. It’s on YouTube. That PRHS was doing very good work.
Perhaps it’s time to head bsck to Florida

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The most horrifying statement within this comment is “students are feeling how unhappy the staff is”. How mature is this staff? Why do you need constant gratification from someone whom who haven’t made an effort yourself to know yet? Once you step into that classroom in front of a class of students your personal feelings should be left at the door. If not hearing a good morning results in your inability to teach your students without them noticing your unease maybe your not that great of a teacher. Maybe you being in that classroom is hinderance. Maybe teachers like that is why the graduation rate is a disgrace. Don’t take it personally I’m speaking in general. Do better.

" it's s fact".
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" it's s fact".

Wow!!! Unreal. She comes in. Destroys our programs. Wants to toss our staff. Treats highly educated people who have far more classroom experience and probably more education than her like imbeciles And they’re supposed to feel fine??? What arrogance. You know what my child thinks? My child thinks the new principal is unbalanced and perhaps needs a good psychiatrist based on her ” performance” during one of her ” look how great I am” assemblies. What a waste of learning time. I was looking through NYC HS directory. She comes from a school with ONE program. Only one. The other Boros don’t have systems set up like ours. They’re all like Petrides. 500 or less. One program. Small schools. No one applying for programs because there is only one. She obviously doesn’t understand how large SI schools work. We do not have as many HS as Brooklyn or the other Boros. It’s different here You can’t compare. She isn’t prepared. She does not have experience with a big school Gannon was AP at Curtis. A large school. Prior to his appointment. AP security. Which we currently don’t have….needed the money for her friends…. Anyway. My child also brought up a… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Your child is a great judge of character. Ms Swinton is definitely unbalanced and everything she does is a “look at me” performance. Let’s make sure OS is not appointed so your child and all the rest can enjoy the school we love.

Support Port
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Support Port

It is called common courtesy and has a lot to do with the maturity of this principal. She is not only there for the students. As a principal or shall I say a real principal it is about students and staff, it encompasses both. Not one of you Swinton supporters are in our building dealing with her nonsense so please take a step back. This is not about Law, this is about our school, a school you know nothing about!

Just say no
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Just say no

They are paid commenters.
Period. College kids do not have the time nor do they care to go on a chat board filled with adults.
We are on to you.
You’re incriminating yourself.
Don’t get too comfortable

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Exactly, when one of the commentators was asked if he or she works for the DOE there was no response.

Shazil
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Shazil

I did reply. And no, if I was paid I would be defending her even more than I already am. Believe it or not.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Actually you did not respond previously. Anyway if you are indeed a student and not being paid for defending her that means she is using you.

Truth.
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Truth.

No reply. You’ve definitely got a file number

Anonymous
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Anonymous

All of your accusations are false. Get your facts straight before you start spreading lies and rumors !

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The truth hurts.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Here’s something to sit on for a bit…. all of the sudden we have a new “dean” teaching 1 karate class. Karate ?? I’ve never heard of that class being offered in all of my years of service at Port Richmond. This “dean” that is teaching this karate class holds a teaching license in mathematics. I’m curious as to what makes him qualified to teach karate as opposed to algebra or geometry.. oh, and that 1 karate class he teaches is his only class for the entire day while all of the other dean’s are teaching 3 classes a day… and he is making over $100,000 in salary. Someone brought in by Oneatha. Think about that for a minute.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

What is that Dean’s name?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Only 1 class? Interesting. This might sound crazy but maybe, just maybe, because his title is dean he focuses primarily on being a dean. I don’t know, just a theory.

Not pleased
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Not pleased

Deans are obligated by contract to teach no less than two classes.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Deans are also required to have a certificate just as teachers but in the Swinton world she can bypass regulations. There is a person who was with her at Law but she hired him/ her to work at Journalism as a Dean even though that person was not qualified. All of the Swinton’s supporters if they really exist are saying Swinton is privileged and they are encouraging the rest of us to co-sign on that.

Truth.
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Truth.

Does this physical ed teacher hold a physical education certificate? Different license. Legality issues here….
deans must teach no less than 2 classes and $100,000 is a nice salary for a Dean teaching one class.
Just saying…
No
So the staff that put their time in at port do not matter anymore.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Please call SCI and OSI and 311 to report her. She must be investigated. Keep your info details close to chest on this site. Just report her.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

There was a dean at John Jay that Swinton hired who has no certificate and had students constantly hanging out of his/ her office. One day they were playing around and broke the glass window to the door.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

What was his name?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

As far as I can see no one is complaining about Swinton’s race and gender but her history of bullying. By claiming that she is being targeted for her race and gender is only an attempt to distract away from the truth.

Shazil
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Shazil

Did I say anyone was complaining? Read it again, this time analyze it properly.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Stop attempting to appear like an intelligent college student. It does not fit you.

Shazil
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Shazil

Assuming that she hired the father of her child is an assumption made primarily on her race and gender. That’s the truth.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

So you admit that she did hire her child’s father. Very good Shazil. People of all races commit nepotism. No one is targeting Swinton. That is a lame excuse. Look up the definition Mr. “College Student.”

Truth.
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Truth.

So. If anyone is looking for a parent coordinator position you may apply at John Jay. Accepting applications until 9/30/17.

Pretty coincidental huh??

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Can someone post that ad?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Port staff.. Don’t put all of our info on here. Don’t give Oneatha time to do damage control. Keep some details close to your chest. People are revealing too many details.

A parent.
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A parent.

Parents can and will find information.

These positions are posted.
Numbers are posted. All on the internet.

Sadly what isn’t public knowledge is why this decision to place her was made and with what reasoning. Our DOE officials made the decision to take apart our kids school on their own.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I was not saying to withhold info from parents. I was advising staff who also would like to see Oneatha removed, not to publicly reveal details of potential grievances so that Oneatha does not have time to prepare a response (likely full of lies). Parents are the people we are depending on and we want you “in the know.”

Anonymous
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Anonymous

No one cares about Oneatha’s race or gender. They care about her dishonest and abusive leadership style and unfair hiring practices. Port would have welcomed any qualified candidate who showed respect for the Port Family. Shove the race and gender cards up your ass.

Truth.
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Truth.

Applause. Applause.
Sick and tired of the race card.
No one cares about that at Port.

Clearly a John jay issue or perhaps a Swinton issue….

She is playing the gender race card because the Chancellor is scared of being called a racist. That’s the only valid reason I can believe that she let this ridiculous placement happen.
In fact she and the superintendent need to answer our questions. They are the last stop. They allowed this placement.
And if it was the mayor. Let him know when you get to the polls how you feel about his disregard for our kids.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Don’t forget the crook Dorita Gibson. She had a hand in this I’m sure.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Makes sense. Agreed

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Yes. If you want to say she violates the contract, or is dividing staff, or lying to parents or has unfair hiring practices and tries to intimidate, great. But please leave specifics such as which positions, names, dates, all of the stuff we will eventually use to oust her once and for all.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The supporters of Port Richmond– the legitimate decent folks– should meet independently and in confidence to discuss next steps to immediately remedy this situation with this toxic Principal. Let the so-called student supporters of Swinton run and tell that!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Yes. Independently and in confidence. How can we do this? And we must all go to Town Hall on Oct 3.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Private email & the old fashioned way.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Watch out for the Swinton spies at the Town Hall.

Stay calm
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Stay calm

There are good people. Talking. And working legally, quietly and positively.

They are all in disbelief.
Everyone was willing to give her a fair shake. Truth.
Good people. Kind parents. Good kids.
But there’s too many issues. And honestly. Most did not take this board to heart at first.
But she’s just shown herself. Very quickly.
Staten Island. Port Richmond. All of us. We just don’t take well to too much being shoved down our throats at once.
She didn’t even take time to know our kids. Our staff. Our programs. Our climate. Not a chance at all. We were all dismissed. Looked down on. Staten Island. Either you’re mafia. Racist. Red neck. You keep going. At any rate we were immediately put on the pay no mind list.
Not one single new principal here has done even 1/4 of the changes she has put into place. They are showing staff. Parents and students dole respect.
This is the truth.
And I agree. Do not post anything that could cause you more grief.
There are people who care about you. We are trying. Praying and hoping that we are able to come to a decent conclusion here.
Stay strong.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Parent should feel free to speak and express outrage. The Chancellor doesn’t care what staff has to say anyway. Parents must go and speak up. Your children and your children’s teachers are begging you. You have the power. Staff should be wary about speaking publicly but parents can and must.

A parent.
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A parent.

We intend to fight. And fight hard.

But if indeed she is appointed we will not leave our child in a place that is not providing the education we applied for.

STANDWITHSWINTON
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STANDWITHSWINTON

Y’all are so ignorant Swinton is definitely not hiring the father of her child to be work in the school. Y’all don’t even know what the position is yet but you have so much to say. Go and prepare for you little “Town Hall” meeting and give the lady a break. You adults on here care about your children so much but yet y’all bashing a GROWN WOMAN who got hired to enhance their education instead of doing what you have to do for your kid. It’s sad that social media has not only corrupted teenagers but grown miserable adults as well. Give it a break unlike the other student on here I can get disrespectful and real fast. BTW an English that got hired in Port under Ms.Swinton is not even related to her so please stop your false allegations until you have facts. Goodnight.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You should have had the “English” you mentioned proofread your comment before you submitted it. How dare these people who support Swinton call others ignorant when they can’t even write properly! If Swinton supports illiterate, unlettered people then how can she then help someone else’s child? This proves she advocates for illiteracy The boat is on fire and it is sinking, yet you choose to remain on it, what a shame! Something is not right. Goodnight.

Shazil
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Shazil

“This proves she advocates for illiteracy” your illiterate seeing that making a mistake such as forgetting a period is sufficient enough to be illiterate.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You people forgot much more than a period. The Swinton supporters missed words, used improper syntax etc. things these Swinton supporters probably do not understand. Like Truth said earlier you definitely have a file number. You might even have a criminal record too, one can never be too sure. You need to explain to us why some of your colleagues previously made vulgar remarks in response to the complaints about Swinton. Better yet don’t even bother!

Grammar Police
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Grammar Police

It’s “you’re.”

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Thank you Grammar Police.

ejj
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ejj

You wrote: “your illiterate seeing that…”

You meant *you’re*.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

No one is afraid nor does anyone care about a disrespectful teenager if you really are a teenager. If you boast about being disrespectful yet you support Swinton that proves she is disrespectful too! There are places in this society for such disrespectful youth and one of them is called “juvie.” If you really are a teenager why get on a chat board with so-called grown miserable adults? If you were on a chat board with other teenagers, these same adults would probably not bother to get involved so what is your point?

STANDWITHSWINTON
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STANDWITHSWINTON

AND YOU ARE STILL MISERABLE ! Byeeeeeee

Anonymous
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Anonymous

And you cannot accept the truth! Bye.

STANDWITHSWINTON
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STANDWITHSWINTON

I’ll see y’all at town hall. Hopefully there you’ll have a cadre. Take care of your kids

Stand with what's right
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Stand with what's right

Y’all. ? Really?

Shazil
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Shazil

Yes. It’s called a contraction

Anonymous
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Anonymous

What happened to the period?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

How will get you there? Your writing skills are very poor and that implies that you cannot read. Maybe Ms. Swinton can help read the address to the town hall to you.

STANDWITHSWINTON
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STANDWITHSWINTON

*case

STANDWITHSWINTON
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STANDWITHSWINTON

Swinton is not even on here feeding into your disrespect but yet you bring up the father of her child, say she’s “unfit” to be a principal and so forth. If she’s so disrespectful then what does that make you ?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You admitted you were a disrespectful Swinton supporter. Enough said.

Shazil
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Shazil

Remember everyone P.S. 48 at 6:30. Be on time. We have a lot to discuss.

Stand with what's right
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Stand with what's right

Won’t you be riding with the chancellor ?

Shazil
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Shazil

I don’t know. Unless the chancellor is taking the ferry then I guess not.

Save Port Richmond
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Save Port Richmond

In regards to the new community coordinator position that she has recently fillied. One has suggested that the rumor is based solely on race. However all of us Port Richmond supporters have never one mentioned race as an issue. In addition please do some research, even in this very forum even BEFORE she came to Port Richmond in September 2016 this was posted….

September 12, 2016 at 8:14 pm
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.”

Now John Jay has an open parent coordinator position. Funny a parent coordinator of a brookly school coming to staten island.

Race is not and will never be an issue at Port Richmond. Stop trying to make that an issue to hide what the beloved school she is tearing apart. Swinton must go

Anonymous
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Anonymous

She was accused recently to be hiring the father of her child as of next Monday. That rumor is both racially charged and sexist. It doesn’t matter whether it was your intent to come off racist, sexist or neither, the comment was made only due to her race and gender. Once again if it were the same circumstances with a white man I highly doubt their child and partner would’ve been mentioned in this discussion. Assume anything you wish but try to redeem yourselves from that offensive way of thinking. Refrain from the personal insinuations. Her family and personal affairs has nothing to do with PRHS and truth be told won’t help the already thinly vailed case you all are batching up.