2007-01-18 / Other News

Ex-Canarsie H.S. Principal Resigns School Post Following An Inquiry

By Neil S. Friedman

Reyes Irizarry
Former CHSprincipal Reyes Irizarry Former CHSprincipal A former, popular Canarsie High School principal abruptly retired last week from his schools superintendent position, according to Department of Education officials, after it was discovered he allegedly had an affair with a subordinate.

Reyes Irizarry, 56, who was principal or acting interim principal at the Rockaway Parkway high school for nearly six years and in the city's education system for more than 30 years, resigned from his current post in which he oversaw schools and students in Region 4, which covers Bushwick and western Queens.

In a press release distributed by the DOE to announce Irizarry's replacement, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein made no mention of Irizarry since, according to a DOE spokesperson, "the release was about his successor, Charles Amundsen."

According to a January 14 article in the New York Times, an investigation conducted by a division of the city's Department of Investigation, resulted in the report sent to Klein late last week. The Times reported that the inquiry confirmed a "romantic relationship" between Irizarry and his regional director of intervention services, Eva Chejfetz.

Neither was available for comments to the press last week.

Irizarry left Canarsie High School in January 2000 when he was appointed the deputy superintendent for Brook-lyn and Staten Island schools, a division of the old city's Board of Educa-tion that oversaw more than two dozen high schools in southwest Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Irizarry was one of the ten veteran city educators appointed a regional superintendent four years ago when Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chan-cellor Klein restructured the city's education bureaucracy from 32 districts into 10 regions.

In an interview at the time, he told the Courier, he was departing "with mixed emotions," however, and he was "excited about the prospects of the new job

He said that he felt he made "a positive impact" during his tenure at Canarsie High School and felt "fulfilled professionally" because of the improvements he helped develop at the school. Among the many programs he helped develop was the school's annual Holocaust Memorial project with teacher Martin Hershkowitz.

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