Keep this story in mind the next time the teachers unions and Democrats tell you how much they care about the children.
This principal runs a school of “no.”
Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens, have gotten no math or reading and writing books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum, whistleblowers say.
The 234 kids get no gym or art classes. Instead, they watch movies every day.
“The kids have seen more movies than Siskel and Ebert,” a source said.
The school nurse has no office equipped with a sink, refrigerator or cot.
The library is a mess: “Nothing’s in order,” said a source. “It’s a junk room.”
No substitutes are hired when a teacher is absent — students are divvied up among other classes.
A classroom that includes learning-disabled kids doesn’t have the required special-ed co-teacher.
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.
NO GYM OR ART: With no phys-ed or art classes, students are left to watch movies, including “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Fat Albert.”
NO SPACE: Without enough space in the main brick building, kindergartners are taught in what sources say are rat-infested trailers.
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.
Wearing fur and driving a BMW. Nice racket she’s got there. Remarkably, today she showed up on time, reportedly for the first time in seven years.
After seeing the Post report, new Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina assigned a deputy to visit PS 106 Monday morning.
“What was reported … is unacceptable, and if true will be immediately addressed,” Farina said in a statement.
Sills arrived around 7:30 a.m.
“She hasn’t shown up that early in six or seven years,” a source said.
The question is, where has the city been the past seven years? Chief union thug Randi Weingarten is conspicuous by her silence.
Sills is a frequent no-show at the school or arrives hours late. Last week, she missed every school day but one. Nevertheless, she managed to rule in absentia through fear and retaliation, sources said.
She cuts quite a figure, when she does appear. She arrives in a BMW wearing expensive fur coats. She makes a base $128,000 salary. “She’s evil,” former PS 106 teacher Patricia Walsh said. “She finds pleasure in ruining people’s lives.”
Charming. Sounds like an budding Obama operative.