Former Central Falls principal sighted in Newark?
Sonn Sam, who left the Central Falls High School transformation effort after less than a year, is now leading a Newark high school.
The former Rhode Islander is featured prominently in a New York Times article about several new, young principals hoping to make a difference in Newark’s troubled schools.
Sam left Central Falls High School in the middle of the last academic year citing personal reasons, and the article confirms that his mother later died of cancer. Many faculty members in Central Falls were critical of Sam, saying he failed to articulate a clear discipline policy and did not have the experience to run a large public high school.
The article also acknowledges that Sam faced early controversy over misstatements on his resume, which were first discovered by Rhode Island Public Radio.
In the document, Sam over-stated improvements on test scores during his tenure as head of one of the Met school campuses. He claims the information was based on faulty data provided by another member of the Met staff, and says he has since changed his resume.