Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Leadership Academy Principal Marcella Sills Reassigned And Will Be Charged Under 3020-a
When the students and staff return to PS 106, it will be a new day for them. They will not have to suffer under the questionable and vindictive policies of ex Principal Marcella Sills. Ms. Sills has been reassigned, pending her 3020-a termination hearing. The Special Commissioner of Investigations (SCI) has substantiated that Ms. Sills failed to show up at the appointed time or in some cases not show up at all. The entire SCI report can be found Here. A summary can be found at the New York Post in today's paper. Unfortunately, for Ms. Sills "time and attendance" charges are the easiest for the DOE to prove and things look dismal for the "Leadership Academy Principal".
My question is why didn't Chancellor Carmen Farina remove her when the New York Post reported it in the first place? I guess its that "double standard" that the DOE practices and that the new Chancellor has apparently not changed. Moreover, why was Marcella Sills protected by the District 27 Superintendent, Michele Lloyd-Bey who admitted that she spoke to Ms. Sills about her time and attendance two or three years earlier when the Superintendent was made aware by various sources of the tardiness of the Principal. Yet the Superintendent didn't even bother to give Ms. Sills a disciplinary letter when made aware of the "time and attendance" issues nor did she require Ms. Sills to document her attendance. In other words, the Superintendent didn't do her job and worse seemed to protect Ms. Sills by not providing proper oversight when alerted to the problems at PS 106 under Marcella Sills.
While ex-Principal Marcella Sills will now face 3020-a termination hearings for "time and attendance" and maybe the more serious charges of "theft of service", the DOE's Office of Legal Service's Administrative Trials Unit (ATU) will most certainly charge Marcella Sills with additional charges since that is how they operate. Regardless, it appears the days that Marcella Sills will be getting a paycheck from the DOE are numbered.
Should the investigation end here? I think Chancellor Farina should investigate the actions of Superintendent Michele Lloyd-Bey and the useless "Children First Network" 531 in protecting Marcella Sills and their lack of corrective action on the problems that beset PS 106. Furthermore, what did the people at Tweed know about the issues at PS 106 and why did they fail to take action? For more information on Marcella Sills you can find them on my previous posts Here and Here.