Ex-New Rochelle HS principal rescinds resignation in letter

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The New Rochelle High School principal who resigned to take a job with the New York City Department of Education could be returning to New Rochelle.

In a letter dated July 26 to the New Rochelle School District superintendent, Reginald Richardson rescinded his resignation.

The letter comes nearly a week after his job offer with the NYC Department of Education was dropped.

Richardson's last day with the school was supposed to be Aug. 20, but now he's without a job. According to the letter, he wants his job back.

New Rochelle parent Holly Greskin reached out to News 12 when she heard Richardson rescinded his resignation. She says he can't handle his role as principal.

“He's failed, he's failed. He's a nice man and I wish him well and many of us wish him well, but he did not keep our kids safe,” says Greskin.

Richardson's reputation was tested several times this year, following a rash of violence in January that included the fatal stabbing of a student.

The high school is also under investigation after allegations of grade inflation with an online credit recovery program.

Richardson joined the district in 2013.

The district isn't commenting on his status, but the Board of Education will discuss the matter at its meeting next week.

Richardson's offer with the New York City Department of Education was rescinded once the department says it "became aware of additional information."  

Specifics of that information are still unknown.

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