THE BRONX - A Bronx superintendent of schools is resigning and retiring after an assistant principal accused her and a state lawmaker of discriminating against minority students.
The assistant principal at P.S. 24 in Riverdale, Manny Verdi, says the superintendent of District 10 was allowing staffers from state Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz's office to screen student applications in an effort to keep black and Latino students out of the school.
The Department of Education has confirmed that an investigation did reveal that superintendent, Melodie Mashel, allowed non-school personnel to be present during the student registration process. They say it is unknown if the personnel was from Dinowitz's office.
Verdi has filed a $14.2 million lawsuit against the DOE.
His lawyer says that this recent development shows that "there will be repercussions to people who use children as political football to further the needs of politicians."
Parents from the school were upset with the allegations against the superintendent. "I think it's pretty rotten that they're trying to exclude any particular type of people," said Steve Conte.
Mashel's last day will be Oct. 1. She will be succeeded by Dolores Esposito, the current executive superintendent of leadership at District 9.