The Department of Education is canning an infamous Brooklyn principal who grabbed headlines for sending teachers nonsensical letters filled with grammatical errors.
Principal Andrew Buck, who also pressured parents and staffers to recommend him for tenure, has been yanked from the Middle School for Art and Philosophy and placed on desk duty while the city moves to fire him, officials said.
“He has been denied tenure and assigned to administrative duties, pending his discontinuance,” said Education Department spokeswoman Marge Feinberg.
Some parents and teachers say they are relieved he’s gone.
“I cried tears of joy,” said eighth-grade teacher Debra McLain, who was assaulted by a student during class last June and blames Buck for conditions at the school.
“Teachers were getting hurt, and the kids were running amok – he ran the school into the ground,” McLain said.
Buck’s bizarre leadership style was first exposed by the Daily News last October when he sent a series of baffling missives to defend his policy of withholding textbooks from kids.
The confusing letters were loaded with more than 50 errors of grammar and logic, making them barely comprehensible.
Further investigation of the C-rated school revealed a chaotic and violent environment where teachers and students were regularly assaulted, and kids had sex in the stairways.
Only 61% of 232 students at the school said they felt safe in the hallways, a 2010 Education Department survey found.
“It wasn’t a secure environment for the students,” said former PTA President Paulette Brown, whose daughter, Samantha, just graduated from the eighth grade at the school.
Brown and other parents were shocked to receive letters from Buck on department letterhead in May, asking for letters of recommendation for tenure.
The letters also went out to teachers, who said they felt intimidated when Buck asked them for words of support on official stationery.
The matter was referred to the special commissioner of investigation, education officials said.
Buck earned $129,913 a year as head of the troubled school, where he was principal for three years. He spent most of his 14-year career in the city as an administrator.
Voted the least-trustworthy principal in the city by the teachers union in 2008, Buck refused to comment.
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