By Yolanda Spivey
The New York Post is reporting on a public elementary school in Far Rockaway Queens that is in a pure chaotic condition. P.S. 106 is under investigation for a plethora of foul conditions that are violating school code.
The principal, Marcella Sills, who runs the school, is a no show on most days. And when she does show up, it’s usually after 11am. Last week she showed up only once and it was after school hours.
In addition to having an absent principal, parents and teachers are complaining that the school has no math, reading or writing books for the children. Here is a list of other infractions:
Staff personnel is afraid to speak up for fear principal Sills will retaliate against them. Many parents state that Sills is “very unprofessional,” and they have been unsuccessful in trying to reach her. The New York Post tried to call Sills, but she hung up on a reporter.
A spokes person for the school is denying the allegations and the board of education refuse to comment on what’s going on. Parents question whether or not higher-ups actually know what’s occurring at the school.
The ones who are hurting the most are the children. Charm Russell, a 10 year old students told The New York Post that she misses gym and dislikes watching movies every day. She states, “I like gym. I like to draw. They’re (her fellow schoolmates) always making noise, and there’s nothing entertaining going on. No art, no gym, no music class.”
Parents also feel that the school is doing a big disservice to the children. When referencing the Board of Education, Michael Moore, a father of a second grader stated, “Why don’t they get on them? I don’t understand that.”
Another father, Roland Legions, added. “They’re not doing right by the kids.”
The person at the height of this scandal, 48 year old principal Marcella Sills was last seen Wednesday leaving her home wearing a luxurious fur coat. She got into her BMW and drove away.
“She should be here,” one mom said. “How is she going to run the school if she’s not here?”
The New York Post reports that “PS 106 is allocated $2.9 million to serve a low-income population with 98 percent of its students eligible for free lunches. As a Title 1 school, it gets extra federal funds, but community members say they’ve never seen a budget tracking the income and spending.”