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Principal Hits Sour Note With School's Piano

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 09:09 PM

People take all sorts of things from the workplace: pens, paper, maybe a stapler now and again, but what about a grand piano?

The principal of a city adult-education center in the Bronx admitted to doing just that.

In 2007, a teacher at the Bronx Adult Learning Center on East Tremont Avenue donated a Weber grand piano to the program. In 2009, the principal of the center, Amoye Neblett, hired movers to take it to his home in Brooklyn, Mr. Neblett stated in a settlement with the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board that was announced on Monday.

It was not immediately clear what model the piano was, but even the smallest Weber baby grand is five feet long and weighs about 600 pounds, a Weber dealer said.

Mr. Neblett, who according to his personal Web site grew up listening to the keyboard giants Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, enjoyed the piano for only a few months before the teacher who donated it noticed it missing, according to a report by the Education Department’s special commissioner of investigations.

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