Neil Ganesh, Principal

Richmond Hill High School. Neil Ganesh, PRINCIPAL. 89-30 114 STREET Richmond Hill, NY 11418

Principal Neil Ganesh

Principal Neil Ganesh

 

An anonymous letter.  http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2015/05/15/at-a-struggling-school-an-anonymous-letter-to-a-new-principal-sparks-a-backlash/#.VVpEe8vD_qD

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Although he may have started out with the best of intentions years ago, the system has completely molded and deprogrammed this guy into doing it’s filthy bidding. Mr. Ganesh has degenerated into nothing more than a social parasite preying on the weak and vulnerable (i.e.untenured teachers) and those naive enough to ensure their trust in him. (Although that’s very rapidly changing, and for good reason.) Mr. Ganesh became principal in 2013, and I can’t recall witnessing another person change for the worse in so many drastic ways in such a short span of time. Not only has he changed, but the circumstances surrounding our failing school have deeply worsened as well due to increasing negative stories about Ganesh and Richmond Hill in the media. I was hired back in 2011, and because Richmond Hill has consistently been a failing school, the turnover for administration is happening just as fast as staff and student turnover rates. In the past your years there have been three principals and four assistant principals for the department that I worked in. Last year when I first became acquainted with him, in my eyes he seemed like a decent guy looking to make the best of… Read more »
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Principal Ganesh has created an environment of fear and disdain amongst his staff. He has alienated almost his entire staff in showing great favoritism towardshis newly hired staff and appointed administrators that he recently brought on. Pincipal Ganesh has targeted certain teachers by deliberately and knowingly giving these teachers poor ratings based on false information. Ganesh is not committed to seeing his staff grow and devlelop as any responsible and dignified administrator would. Principal Ganesh is completely ineffective in implementing safety and disciplaine codes as he has demonstrated to al lof us his gross incompetence. Recently there was a letter from a group of concerned staff members addressed to Ganesh calling him out for his ineptness, and made availabe for every single teacher in the building to to see.

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I worked in Richmond Hill and the place was an absolute zoo. Kids have been conditioned to believe that they may say and do whatever they feel like without any fear of possible consequences. Recently I was reading a West Indie community newspaper that featured a propaganda piece heralding Ganesh for improving the school and managing to get the school off the renewal list. Twaddle!! Like so many things in the DOE everything is being measured in numbers only! Nobody is bothering to take the time to look at data furnished by the schools “qualitatively.” A significant portion of the students at Richmond Hill are not graduating on time. A slither of the students who are graduating on time are not academically proficient and are not ready to enter any form of post secondary education such as college. People need to really look beyond the superficiality of boastful claims made by authors of such garbage. Many people don’t know this man for who he really is. While Richmond Hill is off the renewal list (for whatever that is worth.) Ganesh hurt so many good teachers in the process. How he could look himself in the mirror is beyond me. He… Read more »
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Ganesh is by no means an intelligent man, but he does know how to play the system and how to get by by the DOE’s rules.. He has directly and indirectly created an environment of fear where teachers know (if they don’t know they soon find out) that the must manipulate their grades if they hope to have any chance of keeping their job. Ganesh and the DOE in general are only concerned about student through a “quantitative lens.” In essence all that matters to him is numbers and nothing else. He at no time will question “the truth” of any data may suggest. His “are you green” student progress tracker suggests that. A father of a student commented on facebook how ridiculous this system was, and I’m inclined to agree. It should be noted that for the first time in many years last spring, the school finally got off the renewal list. However, having worked there for several years as a teacher, and knowing Ganesh’s agenda on an intimate level, it is my very strong opinion that this would not have been possible without fraud and falsifying grades. One glaring example is that in the 2015-2016 year a large… Read more »
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I’m a former teacher at Richmond Hill High School who had been there since 2008. I’d like to offer my perspective on the progress of Richmond Hill after Ganesh had assumed the role of principal there. I’ll start by saying that I personally hope that every single parent, student, and even teacher who is considering going there read my comments ahead of time. For sure you would save yourself so much misery and grief. While many personally dislike Ganesh for the way that he’s treated certain people, I am far more concerned about the larger issue which the well-being of the students and teachers that work in that building. From what I (and many others) have observed, the leadership of Ganesh has been largely detrimental to almost every single person in some form or capacity in that building. In the first place this video was recorded in 2013. At that time Ganesh had only been principal there for not more than six months so he clearly knew little about the community, the school, and his own students. Prior to his appointment as principal at Richmond Hill he had no experience as a head administrator for a school. At an earlier… Read more »
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I became an ATR last year when my school closed and I accepted what I thought was a permanent position at Richmond hill high school in October 2015. I went through two interviews and did a demo lesson in front of Mr. Ganesh and my AP. After I was hired I was told by the APO that it was a provisional assignment. I’m a veteran teacher with twenty years experience, knew the chances of me getting a permanent position would be very slim. But I decided to work hard and be a team player in hopes of getting a permanent position. I was very surprised when I received my first observation and saw mostly 2s. I used the same lesson plan model as my demo lesson and all the students were involved and working. Everyone was participating and asking questions. It was a student centered lesson, with students answering other student’s questions, agreeing and disagreeing with each other and giving the reasons why. A lot of accountable talk was taking place. I was positive that it was a highly effective lesson. I decided to let that observation go and thought maybe the new AP wanted to show improvement. The second… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anon, Neil Ganesh targeted me and another teacher also. He’ll get his someday hopefully sooner than later.

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I filed four APPR complaints and provided a very solid case that the ineffective were arbitrary and completely deadlines to Danielson. The AP who Ganesh conspired with in having me targeted to meet their quota blatantly lied in her observation report. She took advantage of the fact that Ganesh chose to stay for my formal for not more than 15 minutes. Yet he stayed for the entire period for all the other teachers that were up for tenure. It was quite apparent that his denial to overturn anything in the observation report was based strictly on his agenda and had nothing to do with the facts presented. This happened to me and another teacher who was also discontinued. We both went from completely satisfactory and completely ineffective to completely ineffective. That same year there were at least two other teachers who did receive ineffective ratings but (unlike us) were not being targeted. The APS were just trying to show improvement. In both cases when Ganesh heard their APPR complaints he omitted 5 out of the 8 ineffective s for one teacher and converted all the 1s to 2s for another teacher. For myself and my co teacher we could have… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anon, I do feel bad for you. I remember you telling bits and pieces of your story on Chazblog. At the same time just be happy that you still have a job with the DOE and that you weren’t rated overall ineffective for the entire year. Myself and another teacher were not as lucky you were. We were both probationers and that made us an easy target. Also, I don’t want to sound like an apologist for the chapter leader that you talked about because in my opinion he really was not all that effective, but perhaps your perception of him not being on board with your APPR complaints may have stemmed from his past experience and knowledge of Ganesh’s MO for just blatantly dismissing and disregarding everything that the chapter leader had to say during the APPR proceedings. In my case and in the case of my colleague, I thought that he made very powerful and effective arguments demonstrating the obvious dis-alignment to Danielson that our observations contained. As was true in your case as well as mine, it was already pre-determined that he was going to sustain whatever fraudulent and bogus ratings you were given by the AP.… Read more »