PS 29 In College Point Gets New Principal

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

The head of a College Point public school is no longer in charge, having left two months after a protest against her behavior.

PS 29 Principal Jennifer Jones-Rogers resigned on Oct. 8, according to the Dept. of Education, two months after State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), parents, teachers and students held a rally against the principal.

Jill Leaky-Eisenberg will serve as acting principal. According to the DOE, Leaky-Eisenberg has more than 20 years of experience in education, including positions as an elementary school teacher, staff developer and literacy coach. She previously served as the assistant principal of PS 21, the Edward Hart Elementary School in Flushing.

The news will certainly be welcomed by the parents and teachers who rallied against Jones-Rogers back in August. At the protest, many accused Jones-Rogers of violating Special Education laws, discriminatory and abusive treatment of students and parents, failing to provide copies of the budget to the School Leadership Team and the United Federation of Teachers Chapter Leader, using high-priced consultants who are not on the Dept. of Education’s recommended list, not following protocol for scheduling fire drills and more.

Jones-Rogers’ frequent use of retaliation against those who question or go against her decisions was also brought up. One example mentioned was that the principal would remove the desks of teachers she disagreed with as punishment. Avella was particularly upset about was the disassembling of the school’s library and computer lab, the latter which he funded.

“I hope to work together with the new leadership at the school to address the needs of the school and to ensure that the students of PS 29 receive the education they deserve,” Avella said.

The DOE did not state a reason for Jones-Rogers’ resignation.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.