Interview with Fred Nauman
QUESTION 10
LOUIS MASSIAH:

OK, um, at one point the State Supreme Court ruled that the hiring of principals at Ocean Hill-Brownsville was illegal. What was your reaction, your being the teacher, what was your reaction and action when the Supreme Court nullified the appointment of the four principals?

FRED NAUMAN:

Ah, we had some, initially had some mixed feelings about.

LOUIS MASSIAH:

And if you could rephrase it a little bit.

FRED NAUMAN:

Sorry. Ah, the, when the, ah, community principals were appointed, principals appointed from outside the, ah, city's regular lists, ah, we had some reluctance about it and some unhappiness with it, ah, with the idea. However, when the individuals arrived at least at 271 and I believe in a number of the other schools, we were quite pleased. Ah, Bill Harris was a good principal. He, ah, while we had been very happy with our previous principal and they were two entirely different individuals, ah, Bill Harris got the school much more under control, ah, and we were able to work with him quite positively. So when the Supreme Court decision came out stating that they were not properly appointed, ah, I started a petition in the school which was signed by, interestingly enough, almost all of the, ah, teachers who had, we had been, we had become somewhat divided at this point, and all the ones who were on our side, ah, signed the petition asking that these principals be retained. Ah, some of the teachers who were at that point on the other side, suspected what we were doing and, and refused to sign the petition. We sent that petition to the, ah, president of the Board of Education, ah, got a nice response for him, ah, from him, we asked him to appeal that decision and to keep the principals on.