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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

PS 106 Principal Marcella Sills' Bizarre Disregard For the Students in Her Building is Slammed By Investigators Who Recommend She Be Fired ASAP

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 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
Substantially Exceeds
in the Principals' rating sheets for the past several years. Makes you think, doesn't it?

Everyone should read Eric's article on

Why Is Michelle Lloyd-Bey Still The District 27 Superintendent?

District 27  
Michelle Lloyd-Bey   
82-01 Rockaway Blvd.,

Ozone Park, NY 11416
(718) 642-5861

SCI Press Release
SCI Report on Sills

Marcella Sills

NY POST articles:

‘School of No’ principal getting fired after probe

The Dept. of Education said Tuesday it will fire notorious “School of No” Principal Marcella Sills, quickly responding to a probe that found she blatantly lied about her attendance at...

Pre-kindergarten kids at ‘School of No’ get classroom

Pre-kindergarten kids at ‘School of No’ get classroom

First, new books. Now, real classrooms. The basic-tools-of-learning keep flowing in to the infamous Queens “School of No,” where furniture has finally been delivered for kindergarten students, and pre-K kids...

City ignored pleas to ax ‘lunatic’ principal

City ignored pleas to ax ‘lunatic’ principal

They knew. Teachers begged city officials to investigate “School of No” Principal Marcella Sills soon after she started in 2005 — citing her constant tardiness, harassment of staff and extravagant...

‘School of No’ principal refuses to hire subs

‘School of No’ principal refuses to hire subs

Days after city officials descended on the “School of No,” Principal Marcella Sills is still flouting the rules — refusing to hire substitutes for absent teachers as part of a...

‘School of No’ students watch bootlegged movies

‘School of No’ students watch bootlegged movies

They can’t get math or reading books — but students at Queens’ notorious “School of No’’ get to see first-run movies before their peers. Lesson-deprived students at PS 106 said...

‘School of No’ gets new books

‘School of No’ gets new books

Finally, these kids have something to say “Yes!” about. Boxes of schoolbooks were delivered Wednesday to the infamous Queens “School of No” after a series of Post articles revealed mismanagement...

The ritzy student bash at the school with no books

The ritzy student bash at the school with no books

Their school provides them no textbooks, no supplies or art classes. But here are the underprivileged pupils of Far Rockaway’s PS 106 — dressed to the nines in tuxes and...

Dept. of Education sends special investigator to ‘School of No’

Dept. of Education sends special investigator to ‘School of No’

NO GYM OR ART: With no phys-ed or art classes, students are left to watch movies, including
“Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Fat Albert.”
  The Education Department on Tuesday sicced its special schools investigator on the Queens “School of No,” where parents booed the embattled principal amid allegations of rampant neglect and mismanagement.

Inquiry Into Queens School Calls for Firing of Principal

Officials took steps toward firing a Queens elementary school principal after a report on Tuesday found that she regularly arrived late to work and called a custodian to help her enter the building through a side door.

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.

Termination Recommended For Far Rockaway Principal After Investigation

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York City Department of Education said in a published report Tuesday that it plans to go ahead with a recommendation to fire a Far Rockaway school principal, following a special investigator’s report.
As CBS 2′s Dave Carlin reported, the findings on a scandal-ridden principal were issued in a scathing report released Tuesday.
Marcella Sills of PS 106 is accused of a list of offenses, including allegedly asking staffers to falsify timecards to cover what is being called a long-standing habit of her chronic absences and leaving work on the sly.
The damning investigation was released Tuesday by City Schools Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon.
“I’m sort of surprised that she got away with it for as long as she did,” Condon told Carlin. “Her work style actually was just based on when she decided she was going to come to the school.”
Condon has recommended to the schools chancellor that Sills’ employment be terminated and that she be made ineligible for work with the Department of Education or as a DOE vendor.
In a published report in the New York Post, the Department of Education said it planned on executing SCI’s recommendations. A DOE representative was not immediately available for comment.
According to Condon’s 13-page report, Sills was supposed to be at PS 106 in Far Rockaway at about 7:30 a.m. each day but more than one staffer testified she routinely arrived as late as 11 a.m.
The report quotes school safety agent Bonita Holmes saying Sills was “late more often than not.”
Also on numerous occasions, the report found Sills did not put in a full day of work.
In the report, Sills allegedly said to school aide Anna Pappas, “I cannot find my timecards. Could you make some up from September 2012 to present?”
“It is shocking behavior,” said Condon.
Concerns about Principal Sills’ attendance hit a fever pitch when CBS 2 covered a meeting last month of parents concerned about a lack of textbooks for their kids and a school dance with mandatory attire parents criticized as too expensive.
Condon explained why his office called for Sills’ termination.
“The message is that if you’re going to do this, sooner or later someone is going to find out about it,” said Condon.
Also in the report, Sills’ assistant principal is also in hot water for allegedly helping her, Carlin reported.
Some parents in Far Rockaway said Tuesday night that enough is enough.
“She should be fired,” one parent said.
Condon said Sills has denied the charges detailed in the report. She and her union representative have not responded to requests for comment.

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