Despite the strenuous advocacy of her students, Mamaroneck High School English teacher Jennifer Rosenzweig was not on a list of staff recommended for tenure by the superintendent. The list, issued Friday, May 7 with the monthly personnel agenda, may still be amended before tonight’s meeting of the Mamaroneck School Board at 6:30 pm – but if Ms. Rosenzweig’s name is added to the agenda it will only be under resignations.
According to the last posting on the “Support Mrs. Rosenzweig” Facebook page created by MHS students, the teacher “handed in her letter of resignation today [Monday, May 10].”
“I did hand in my resignation yesterday,” Ms. Rosenzweig confirmed on Tuesday. “I thought it was what I need to do at this moment,” she said, declining to comment further about her reasons. “I did speak to all my students and explained the reason why – I think they understood, “ she added.
“I think it is something that she had to do in her own best interests, “ said Kathy Donnison, an MHS social studies teacher and colleague of Ms. Rosenzweig’s. “It’s a very sad time for her and for the kids and for, really, the teachers and counselors at the high school. This did not have to happen – and shouldn’t have happened.”
Asked about the resignation, district spokesperson Debbie Manetta said a resignation is not official until the board accepts it. Obviously, if Ms. Rosenzweig resigns, she is no longer eligible for tenure – and hence has never been officially denied tenure.
The Gazette was able to ascertain that Ms. Rosenzweig was not on the agenda – either under the tenure or resignation sections – but this was without help from the district. District clerk Joanna Rice declined to share the personnel agenda with the Gazette on Friday – or even earlier on the day of the board meeting. She said the list was still a draft and the final version would not be made public until right before the 6:30 meeting.