Flushing High School staff to reapply for their jobs

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Flushing High School is facing major staff changes.

The school, located at 35-01 Union St., and Bronx’ Dewitt Clinton High School are both part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s renewal school program. The program features low-performing schools that are required to make gains in test scores and hit improvement targets or face major overhauls. Last year Flushing High School was the only school on the list that did not meet its turnaround goals.

The Department of Education said 128 Flushing High School staff members and 98 Dewitt Clinton High School staff members must reapply for their positions. The interview process is set to begin by February 2018 and be completed by the end of the 2017-18 school year. Staff who want to reapply for their positions will be interviewed by staffing committees made up of the schools’ principals, the DOE and UFT representatives. The committees will determine hiring decisions at each school and there is no minimum number of employees to be retained, DOE said.

DOE has restaffed eight schools under the de Blasio administration, including August Martin High School in Jamaica and John Adams High School in Ozone Park. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that DOE chose not to retain Flushing High School Principal Tyee Chin but Principal Pierre Orbe of DeWitt Clinton High School will remain as principal. Ignazio Accardi took over as principal of Flushing High School last Friday. He will be the sixth principal in six years for the Flushing school.

“Having a strong leader and the right team of teachers is essential to a successful school, and this restaffing process is the necessary next step in the work to turnaround these schools,” Fariña said

UFT Vice President Janella Hinds was reportedly at odds with Chin. He was reprimanded by the DOE for ordering staff members to blindly praise the school during surveys and in May he reportedly refused to publish the student newspaper after an article painted teachers in a negative light.

“In the case of Flushing High School principal, Chin came in with an attitude that wasn’t collaborative or supportive, and the UFT had to file a discrimination case with the state Public Employment Relations Board after the principal threatened to press charges of ‘racism and harassment’ against the chapter leader for doing her job,” Hinds said.

Chin said his clash was with the UFT, not teachers. He said the UFT was unhappy that he was holding teachers accountable and to a high standard and that a lot of teachers were actually sad and disappointed he was replaced.

“I am very proud of the work myself and the teachers did to improve the standard at Flushing High School,” he said. “I will truly miss working with the students, teachers and Flushing community and wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Posted 12:00 am, October 30, 2017
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John from Flushing says:
Close this school I went there20 years ago. Worst school ever only thing you will learn is how to become a criminal kids do not want to learn what and teachers are to scared they ship kids from all over close the school make a college or a higher trade school.
Oct. 30, 2017, 9:04 am
Racist from Queens says:
They need more Asian kids in that school.... They are the ones that live there after all! Stop putting all the black kids in with Hispanic kids. Put the asians in their OWN SCHOOLS and stop trying to discriminate by just sticking them into predominantly white neighborhood schools! Diversity is the key! More Asians live in flushing than black people so cut the discrimination garbage out!
Oct. 30, 2017, 3:44 pm
Flushing from Sophie says:
They should close this school already. All those kids do is smoke weed in the park and my child has to see that every morning on her way to school. Those girls and boys don't care about education because now days it's all about how you look and who your friends are. Times has changed and schools are not the same anymore
Oct. 31, 2017, 7:48 am
Anthony Mizzi from Howard Beach says:
I worked in Flushing HS several years ago, my wife is from Flushing, her brother went to FHS. It IS a terrible school, but the solution is NOT to close the school. All that does is allow smaller schools into the building, add multiple administrations and cause problems with shared facilities like the gym, library and auditorium while retaining the same basic student body. What is needed is a strong administration that backs its faculty and holds students accountable for their actions or lack thereof. parents also need to get involved. Schools should not be a dumping ground where parenting is done by teachers.
Nov. 2, 2017, 10:01 am
Tom from Queens says:
They want to close the school so the city can repurpose the property for their own means, which is probably to lease or sell it to a developer for a comically low value so that the politicians can get their kickbacks.
Nov. 2, 2017, 10:18 am
Captain from Bayside says:
1991 grad. Was proud of the place at the time but could see, based on the 3rd worlders they were letting in, it was only a matter of time. The Asian community is to blame. This is their location, better or worse, so they should send their kids there.
Nov. 3, 2017, 2:09 pm
PiratePrideGrad says:
sounds similar to principal of tottenville hs who is not collaborative and has targeted the chapter leader and other union members who have spoken out against his actions and policies. his refusal to be collaborative and offer instead a my way or the highway is not good for a former "school of excellence"
Nov. 8, 2017, 11:21 am

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