A more visible role for Andrey Bundley
The former mayoral candidate and Walbrook High School principal is faring well under the new administrative reorganization at North Avenue. Bundley is now the unofficial deputy to Roger Shaw, executive director of secondary schools.
Bundley was suspended and removed from his job at Walbrook after an audit of student transcripts in the summer of 2004 found that students had been allowed to graduate that spring without all the necessary credits. Officials rushed to arrange a special summer session for some of those students; others were told they had to repeat a grade. Bundley was reassigned to the central office and allowed him to keep working on secondary school issues. He stayed under the radar for awhile but has become more visible recently.
Despite the graduation fiasco at Walbrook, Bundley was well-liked by parents and students. I'm told his new responsibilities involve community outreach, the area where his strengths lie.
Still, some people are concerned, especially in light of what happened this year at Maritime Industries Academy, one of the schools created after the breakup of Walbrook. Marco Clark, the former principal of Maritime who previously worked under Bundley, is now suing the school system. Among the allegations against Clark at the time of his departure in December: He let a student graduate without meeting the necessary requirements. Clark, too, was beloved by the families at his school, and Maritime erupted into chaos after he left.