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Education Department to give principals ‘month without meetings’


New York City's next Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza (James Keivom/New York Daily News)

New York City’s Department of Education will no longer require principals to attend district meetings during the month of September as part of a new initiative to give school leaders more time in their buildings, a spokesperson said.

Schools chancellor Richard Carranza introduced the idea of a month without meetings this spring after principals told him they were spending too much time away from school.

Principals voted on September as the month to drop outside meetings.

“We listened to our principals and heard them loud and clear,” an Education Department spokesperson said. “Less time in meetings and more time in classrooms.”

In past years, principals spent at least one full day in September out of school for a meeting with their superintendent, along with frequent gatherings for citywide initiatives.

“The start of the school year is a magical time” when principals build relationships with students and staff, P.S. 176 principal Elizabeth Caulkin said. “Being in the building is crucial to this, and I am excited that principals will be given the month of September to be fully present with our school communities.”