Bronx High School of Science Principal to Retire

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 06:34 PM


The embattled principal of the Bronx High school of Science is stepping down. The city's Department of Education says Valerie Reidy is retiring and had planned to do so before this current school year.


The school was caught up in a hazing scandal this year when three members of its track team were arrested and charged with assaulting a freshman. The athletic director and two coaches were suspended.

Reidy also came under fire from critics after many long time teachers left, prompting alumni to call for her ouster. They accused her of gutting one of the city's most prestigious high schools.

But Reidy had argued that the school needed an overhaul. She served as principal of the school for more than a decade. She started working in the city schools in 1974 as a science teacher, and transferred to Bronx High School of Science five years later. She was appointed principal in September, 2001.

The DOE has not announced plans for her replacement.

'We are working to identify a principal to take Valerie’s place when she leaves at the beginning of September," said DOE spokeswoman Connie Pankratz.

The school is celebrating its 75th anniversary.


Comments [2]

Mr. I-C Levenberg-Engel from The Bronx, NY

Our beloved biol. chairperson, Dr.Jean Holland-Donahue has been appointed new acting principal. Dr.Allison Wheeler, is now acting chairperson of the biol.dep't. There will be a Retirement Party for Dr.Valerie J.Reidy on Thursday, April 10th at Marina Del Rey Caterers One Marina Drive, The Bronx, New York 10465 6:00 - 10:00 PM $75.00 per person Before March 21st

Mar. 02 2014 06:32 PM
sirajullah from pakistan

Dear sir I m very keen to admit my don in ur school and donate my son to school and for humanity can u accept my talented son

Jul. 28 2013 02:15 PM

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