DOE introduces new Flushing HS principal before vote to close school

A meeting to introduce the proposed principal for the "new" Flushing High School is scheduled for Wednesday. Photo by Christina Santucci
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The city Department of Education is supposed to be considering public input on whether or not to close Flushing High School and reopen it under a different name, but the department is introducing its proposed principal for the replacement school before a vote is even taken.

An item on the Flushing High School website invites the public to meet Magdalen Radovich, the proposed principal of the “new” Flushing High School, at an information session scheduled for Wednesday.

Yet the body that decides whether or not to close the school, the Panel for Educational Policy, is not set to vote on the matter until Thursday.

The DOE could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Panel is made up of Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, eight representatives selected by the mayor and five selected by each borough president.

The Queens representative on the panel, Dmytro Fedkowiskyj, said at a heated public comment session at the high school last week that he would vote against the proposal, but the larger contingent of mayoral appointees are largely expected to vote in the proposal’s favor.

The DOE’s proposal to close Flushing High School and reopen it with at least 50 percent of the staff replaced and under a different name states that the current principal, Carl Hudson, will not necessarily be replaced.

But at 7 p.m. Wednesday Radovich will introduce herself and answer questions, according to the DOE website.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at januta@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Updated 1:17 pm, April 23, 2012
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nyc parents from Long Island City says:
Mrs. Radovich is good at window dressing, totally lacking substance. Many teachers who worked with her at Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City found her HORRIBLE. Also, many parents found her PHONY. She often makes POOR JUDGEMENT. She's NARROW MINDED - a DICTATOR. She's fabulous at taking credit for the good things, and quick to blame others when things go wrong. She was NOT that great of a teacher, but she knew who to kiss up to. Her leadership is highly questionable. She's got only few supporters, many of her colleagues and her staff CAN'T STAND HER. Thank heavens Mrs. Radovish is no longer at Queens Vocational HS. She is bad news.
Aug. 30, 2012, 5:09 pm
Terence from long Island city says:
Ms. Radobvitch has been replaced by 5 more principals sadly Flushing high school is the worst school in New York City. A lot of new immigrant kids fail classes and skip class. A lot of young thugs making it hard for the school to succeed apart from the daily violence, robberies and crimes happening throughout the school building. As well as many corrupt teachers who don't teach and are under the radar. I've talked flushing staff about these issues but they always deny the true problem. They can't accept that this school is ghetto in many ways. I am advocate for the flushing community but thus school in particular is the worst school in NYC all because of staff, students and parents not functioning.
Feb. 27, 2016, 1:59 am

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