Friday, February 21, 2014
Why Is Michelle Lloyd-Bey Still The District 27 Superintendent?
The continuing fallout of the reassignment and eventual removal of "Leadership Academy Principal" Marcella Sills has now spotlighted the actions of District 27 Superintendent Michelle Lloyd-Bey who apparently allowed the abuse at PS 106 to go on for years. Interestingly, the Superintendent was once Principal of the very same PS 106 and one would think that she would have a more focused interest on the school's operation. However, it appears that Michelle Lloyd-Bey was "asleep at the switch" as the many complaints crossed her desk from PS 106.
In 2007 Michelle Lloyd-Bey was named District 27 Superintendent by Chancellor Joel Klein. Later on, the first letter from a teacher came across her desk about the problems at PS 106 that year. What followed was many other incidents and complaints that resulted in many articles written about the school in the local newspaper called "The Wave". Norm Scott was kind enough to include them in his Norm's Notes blog and can be found Here and Here. In addition, under Michelle Lloyd-Bey's watch many complaints came to her attention about the abuses at PS 106 and apparently she did nothing about it. According to the New York Post as many as ten letters that are in the newspaper's possession either was sent to Michelle Lloyd-Bey or passed to her from other DOE officials.
Finally, when the issue of Ms. Sills "time and attendance" was brought to the Superintendent's attention back in 2011. Her only action was to remind Ms. Sills that she must adhere to the hours of her position and tell her who was in charge when Ms. Sills wasn't there. No disciplinary hearing, no collecting of time cards, no oversight whatsoever. In fact, this is what Superintendent Michelle Lloyd-Bey told the SCI investigators.
Lloyd-Bey recalled that, approximately two or three years ago, she had a
conversation with Sills concerning arriving late for work. Lloyd-Bey said that “people
started to talk about it” and, as a result, Lloyd-Bey contacted Sills and instructed her to
advise Lloyd-Bey when she was going to be late. Recently, after the New York Post
article, Lloyd-Bey had a disciplinary conference with Sills concerning her time and
attendance. Sills now was required to punch a timecard on a daily basis.
Why hasn't Michelle Lloyd-Bey been held accountable for the actions of Principal Sills. To me its obvious the District 27 Superintendent ignored the problems at PS 106 and failed to take corrective
actions that could have improved the atmosphere at PS 106. Michelle Lloyd-Bey was "asleep at the switch" and her failure to discipline the Principal and take corrective actions at PS 106 should result in her removal as the District 27 Superintendent.