The embattled principal of the elite Bronx High School of Science is retiring.
Valerie Reidy announced her decision in a letter to the school community Wednesday.
"This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make, but at this point in my pension status, it makes no financial sense to continue in my present position," she wrote.
Reidy worked most of her 35 years at the high school as a science teacher and served as principal the last 12 years.
During her tenure, Reidy has faced criticism from students, parents and teachers for her strict displinary style and data-driven approach to academics.
The school became embroiled in a hazing scandal in March when three track players were arrested for allegedly harassing and assaulting a younger teammate.