Assistant Principal Resigns

NHPD PhotoKevin Muhammad, who faces criminal charges for allegedly making hundreds of threatening calls to women at a school where he served as principal, is leaving the district in August.

Muhammad (pictured), who served as principal of Wexler-Grant School from 2008 to 2010, was transferred last fall to Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School as an assistant principal. He was removed from the school in November when the district learned of a criminal probe into allegations he had been harassing teachers, a parent, and a staff member at Wexler-Grant.

Muhammad was arrested in December on charges he sent 1,000 threatening phone calls to six women, using lewd language and heavy breathing in the middle of the night. The district put him on administrative leave for two reasons: Because of the police charges. And because of a separate ongoing Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigation into allegations that Muhammad had made “inappropriate comments” to a female student.

Muhammad maintains his innocence in the criminal case, said his lawyer, Mike Jefferson. The case is still pending in state Superior Court. Jefferson said he is still waiting for discovery, including records of the phone calls.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the district struck a deal with Muhammad in which he agreed to resign from his job, according to schools Superintendent Reggie Mayo.

The resignation is effective Aug. 15, according to a school personnel report approved by the Board of Education Monday.

Mayo said Monday that the district had moved to fire Muhammad.

“We moved ahead with termination, and an agreement was reached with arbitrators this morning,” resulting in the resignation, Mayo said Monday night.

Muhammad, who had 13 years’ experience in the district, made $120,026 as one of two assistant principals at Co-op High. Mayo said he does not intend to fill the vacant assistant principal post when Muhammad departs.

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posted by: Snoopy on May 25, 2011  6:13am

Mayo said Monday that the district had moved to fire Muhammad. I would have made this decision following his arrest in December. For such egregious behavior supported by phone records etc. by NHPD why was he placed on administrative leave with pay?