ED. BIGS BACK CHESS MOVE
By YOAV GONEN
December 4, 2007 — The Education Department is letting stand a Bronx principal’s decision to bar her chess team’s coach from traveling to this week’s national championships in Houston.
PS 70 Principal Kerry Castellano has declined to say why she wants to bar longtime coordinator Jonathan Alejandro.
A spokeswoman for the Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigations said Alejandro is the subject of an ongoing probe, but refused to say when it started or what it involves. Alejandro blames recent clashes with Castellano growing out of his role as union chapter leader. “It’s a disgrace. This is sick. They’re trying to sabotage me,” he said. “She claims we have too many differences. What does it have to do with chess?”
PS 70’s team, known as the Bronx Bombers, was depicted in a 2005 TV movie starring Ted Danson.