Walk by Room 222 and you may catch a glimpse of Assistant Principal of Student Affairs and Family Engagement Brian Moran working in his new home at Stuyvesant High School. Having previously worked for the administration at Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, where Interim-Acting Principal Jie Zhang once served, coupled with 11 years of teaching experience, Moran is no stranger to the stressful atmosphere of a specialized high school.
Instituted by Zhang, the new Assistant Principal (AP) described that his agenda will be heavily community-oriented. “I will assist students and parents to enjoy Stuyvesant as a safe, healthy, and educational experience,” Moran said. “[Principal] Zhang has decided that it would benefit the school to be as positive a place as possible.”
Moran will implement new anti-cheating policies, such as the enforcement of cell-phone bans. Another duty includes engaging students and parents into the Stuyvesant community. Despite the recognition of these tasks, Moran acknowledges that his responsibility in the school is not completely defined. “A lot is still being worked out. We are going to work with the Guidance Department, the Dean’s office, and the Parent Coordinator [Harvey Blumm] to make sure that students are getting all the help and the resources that they need to succeed in their education,” he said.
Before the establishment of his position, members of the Stuyvesant community stayed informed of the school’s status and agenda by viewing its webpage, as well as that of the Parents’ Association. Moreover, parents receive weekly parent updates about upcoming holidays, school meetings, and student opportunities from Blumm.
“It would be nice to have a new assistant principal to help run the school, but it’s not necessary. I have faith in the current administration,” senior Yee Gee Cheng said. “Even though the Stuyvesant community is going through a lot right now, and things aren’t as great as they previously were, I know we’ll make it through without the extra help.”
On the other hand, there is approval and acceptance for a new assistant principal that will delegate support to students. “There’s a great potential in having someone specifically devoted to opening up resources to students. This is definitely an area that needs more attention. Bringing Mr. Moran to Stuy shows that Principal Zhang really cares about catering to our needs,” senior Dan Fu Ruan said. “However, it might take a while for Moran and Zhang to understand what those needs are.”
Despite the current ambiguity surrounding the obligations of his position and differing views towards his installment, Moran expresses resolve and a determined attitude to work to improve the school and assist where possible. He said, “I just started but I’ll help the school in anyway that I can.”