Late Saturday, the city Department of Education let The Post know that it’s actually doing something about Forest Hills HS Principal Ben Sherman.
Specifically, the DOE has tapped Sean Davenport, ex-principal at Thurgood Marshall Academy, to serve as a supervising superintendent.
He’ll be at Forest Hills every day, bird-dogging Sherman’s every move.
This, along with a massive new school-security force, is the response to last week’s Post exposés, to a cry for help from the parents association about school safety and to the earlier complaint from the school’s United Federation of Teachers chapter — which documented lots of bizarre Sherman behavior quite apart from his decision to turn a blind eye to student toking.
The DOE also referred the faculty complaint to the Special Schools Commissioner of Investigation, who will likely produce some kind of report in a few months when the heat has died down.
Aside from his pot-friendly policies, Sherman’s eccentricities include admittedly sleeping in his car in the school parking lot and allegedly juggling while riding a unicycle through crowded halls (the school is at double its rated student capacity) and making bizarre comments, such as telling one teacher, “Hubba, hubba, I like what I see through the holes of that sweater.”
It’s bad enough that the DOE would probably only be considering taking action if The Post hadn’t gotten on this story. Far worse is that it’s surely not going to look at what went wrong in the first place — how Sherman got installed, and why it took a faculty rebellion and a media firestorm to even begin addressing outrageous issues at one of the city’s best high schools.
We can’t think of a better illustration of how the city’s public-schools system puts zero priority on the children’s needs.