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Catskill school brings back teacher

Mar 18, 2024 12:55 am

Andrea Macko reports in Porcupine Soup that the soap opera at Catskill High School continues this week, with the teacher and musical director of the school play back in school, and Marcus McGregor, the choreographer of the play, fired. Almost daily protests have been held outside the school for almost two weeks, after the district suspended teacher Michelle Storrs-Ryan and High School Principal Junait Shah after an incident where the musical director joked about putting tape on a students mouth, and the student jokingly put tape on their mouth. The principal was suspended after investigating the incident and not taking any action. Students welcomed Storrs-Ryan back on March 18. The Catskill High School musical "Cinderella" was originally scheduled for last weekend, but was postponed by the district to April 12-14 because of the brouhaha. Protesters are now circulating a new petition for signatures that says, in part, “We (the undersigned) have lost confidence in the ability of Superintendent Dan Wilson to perform his duties and therefore request the board acts on the community's wishes to dismiss the superintendent in a no confidence vote immediately.” Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.