Madam Principal Marcella Sills drives around NYC in a BMW and fur coats while her students suffer.Principal Marcella Sills (NY Post)
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The 234 students that attend elementary Public School 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens are suffering and no one seems to care. The children have no books, gym class, art class, substitute teachers, the library is a “junk room” and the children watch movies everyday. The 40 kindergartners have no classroom, instead they sit them in dilapidated trailers that reek of animal urine from rodent infestation.
The principal, Marcella Sills is a frequent no show and is seen driving around town in her BMW wearing her fur coat during school hours. The school is allocated $2.9 million to run the school that has a 98% low income population and 75% of the students are black. No one has seen a budget tracking the school’s spending.
NY Post reported:
About 40 kindergartners have no room in the three-story brick building. They sit all day in dilapidated trailers that reek of “animal urine,” a parent said; rats and squirrels noisily scamper in the walls and ceiling.
And the principal — Marcella Sills, who joined PS 106 nine years ago — is a frequent no-show, sources say. Sills did not come to school last Monday. On Tuesday, she showed up at 3:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, The Post found her at home in Westbury, LI, all day before emerging at 2:50 p.m. — school dismissal time. Wearing a fur coat, she took her BMW for a spin.
She showed up at school Thursday, but not Friday.
When Sills, 48, does go to work, it’s rarely before 11 a.m. — and often hours later, say sources familiar with her schedule.
“She strolls in whenever she wants,” one said.
The school hasn’t had a payroll secretary in years.
A Department of Education spokesman said Sills was required to report her absences and tardiness to District 27 Superintendent Michelle Lloyd-Bey but would not say whether Sills did so last week.
Lloyd-Bey did not return a call. Sills hung up on a reporter.
When she is out, an assistant principal is left in charge. Yet Sills, who gets a $128,207 salary, also pockets overtime pay — $2,900 for 83 hours in 2011, the latest available records show.
“This school is a complete s- -thole, but nobody in a position of power comes to investigate. No one cares,” a community member said.