Catskill delays school musical amid controversy

Catskill school’s spring musical postponed amid controversy

Catskill school's spring musical postponed amid controversy over two suspended educators.

Catskill High School has delayed its spring musical amid the ongoing controversy over the suspension of its director and the school principal.

The new dates for the musical will be April 12, 13 and 14, the district said in a statement.

The future of the production of “Cinderella” has been in doubt following the suspension of music teacher Michelle Storrs, who was the director, and Principal Junait Shah. The district has not commented on a reason for the suspension, but students believe it stemmed from an incident in which a student put duct tape on her mouth in a joking response to Storrs’ comment asking whether she had to tape their mouths shut during rehearsal to get them to stop talking.

The suspensions have prompted walkouts and protests from the students. They delivered a petition last week with more than 2,000 signatures to the school board.

“We understand that this change may inconvenience some of you, and we sincerely apologize for any disruption this may cause to your plans. However, please know that we have made this decision with careful consideration to ensure that the production meets the highest standards and that all involved have the best possible experience,” the statement said.

“We truly appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this time of adjustment. Your support means the world to us, and we are committed to delivering a magical and unforgettable performance for you and your families,” the district went on to say.

The Board of Education is scheduled to have its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and the agenda lists an anticipated closed-door session.