Sunday, February 7, 2016
City finally fires "School of No" principal. But, the children who were not educated get no do over.
The hooky-playing ex-principal of PS 106 in Far Rockaway has been fired for cheating city taxpayers as well as her students.
Marcella Sills, 50, got the ax on Jan. 22 when hearing officer David Reilly found her guilty of “extreme misconduct,” including excessive lateness, failing to report her absences while collecting full pay and benefits, and causing the city Department of Education “widespread negative publicity.”
Sills, who made $128,000 a year, was tardy at least 178 times between September 2012 and January 2013. Sills said she was late because she cared for her sick mother. But she never documented her absences and “knowingly received unwarranted compensation and thereby committed a theft of time,” Reilly found.
Sills was removed from the school in February 2014 and from the payroll in 2014 pending her administrative trial.
In January 2014, The Post dubbed PS 106 the “School of No” because it had no books for the Common Core curriculum, no gym or art classes, no nurse’s office and no special-ed teachers. Kids ushered into the auditorium saw “more movies than Siskel and Ebert,” whistleblowers said.
“Ms. Sills’ conduct was unprofessional, unacceptable, and unbecoming of her position,” said DOE spokeswoman Devora Kaye.