It was a close call between her and John White - but she blinked every so often.
Why was someone who did so many horrible things allowed to stay on for a year in the new administration? unless they didn't think she'd done horrible things? ... Comment on NYCParent listserveI got sick watching sycophantic Grimm still at the DOE, sitting on the stage a year after Bloomberg left, after years of watching her bloodlessly staring blankly at children, parents and teachers pleading to save their schools. She committed educational war
|Grimm with her uberfuhrer
I have so much video of her grimmly reading the death of their schools to the audience. At what I thought would be her last meeting of the Bloomberg era I called her The Grimm Reaper of Closing Schools.
Here is Carmen's - ugh- letter of praise.
From: Chancellor Carmen Fariña
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 2:32 PM
To: Chancellor Carmen Fariña
It is with deep personal regret that I announce a leave pending retirement of Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm, an esteemed colleague who has worked tirelessly to create safe, nurturing environments in which all of our students can learn and thrive.
Those of us who have had the privilege of working with Deputy Chancellor Grimm over her more than 12 years at the DOE know her as highly committed and ethical; one of her most outstanding qualities is her loyalty. No matter the task, she works collaboratively to build bridges to all of our constituencies, from the custodians’ union to the School Construction Authority to food service operators, and beyond.
Most importantly, she embraces new challenges; upon my arrival as Chancellor she willingly took on new departments, folding them seamlessly into her already substantial portfolio. As a senior member of my leadership team, Deputy Chancellor Grimm has provided a strong foundation for our most critical initiatives, including Pre-K for All, Community Schools, and our expanded school support and safety services. I know that principals, parents, and of course students have benefitted from her meticulous attention to detail and her responsiveness to their needs.
Please join me in thanking Kathleen Grimm for her indelible career and uncompromising devotion to the students of New York City, and in supporting Elizabeth Rose in her role as interim-acting Deputy Chancellor while we undertake a formal search process.
It is comforting to know Kathleen is just a phone call away.
If you would like to contact Kathleen directly, please email her at: DeputyChancellorKathleenGrimm@