Congratulations to Sue Edelman of the New York Post who brought the improper actions of Principal Sills to the public arena. and made a difference
Now its' time to look at who knew about this woman and her misconduct before Sue did the story, and ask, "Why didn't someone get rid of her sooner?"
Let's start with the Superintendent, Michelle Lloyd-Bey of District 27. Lloyd-Bey rated Sills as
Everyone should read Eric's article on
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SCI Press Release
SCI Report on Sills
NY POST articles:
Inquiry Into Queens School Calls for Firing of Principal
The principal, Marcella Sills, was often late or absent from work, the report found, but still received her full salary. The report, by Richard J. Condon, the special commissioner of investigation for the school district, recommended that she be fired and banned from working for the New York City Education Department.
Several workers at the school, P.S. 106 in Far Rockaway, told investigators that Ms. Sills frequently arrived at the building between 9 a.m. and noon. The investigation began after The New York Post reported in January that Ms. Sills often did not show up for work.
Ms. Sills, who had been principal since 2005, is no longer assigned to the school, the Education Department said on Tuesday.
“The findings of this report are disturbing — and we plan on executing” Mr. Condon’s recommendations, Devon Puglia, a spokesman for the department, said in a statement. “As we do that,” he added, “we are going to continue to support this school as much as possible going forward.”
The findings were also given to the Queens district attorney, Richard A. Brown, for “whatever action he deems appropriate,” the report said.
Ms. Sills could not be reached for comment on Tuesday evening. She told investigators that she regularly arrived at the school on time and had only arrived late over the last year when she was helping her mother with an illness.
The school’s custodian, Samuel Ordonez, told investigators that Ms. Sills usually arrived late and called him on his personal cellphone to open a school gate so that she could park her BMW in a driveway. Mr. Ordonez said he helped Ms. Sills with her bags and they entered the school together through a door near the lunchroom.
Phone records found that Ms. Sills called Mr. Ordonez on his cellphone almost daily, often between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., the report said.
Mr. Condon also recommended that disciplinary action be taken against the school’s assistant principal, Tonya West, who did not keep proper attendance records and supplied false timecards when investigators asked for documentation. Ms. West resigned effective Feb. 3.