FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens (PIX11) – A Queens elementary school is being dubbed the city’s worst, with students lacking proper textbooks for the Common Core Curriculum, and Chancellor Carmen Farina said Monday that the city will be focusing on its ‘organizational’ improvement.
PS 106 in Far Rockaway has a myriad of problems, with no gym or art classes for the 234 students, a whistleblower told the New York Post. Instead, the students watch movies.
The Post reports that the school’s principal, Marcella Sills, rarely shows up to the troubled school before 11 a.m. That is, however, until Chancellor Farina sent a deputy Monday morning and she reportedly arrived at 7:30 a.m., the earliest “in six or seven years.”
Part of the school was badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy and has yet to be repaired.
Teachers don’t have proper guides, the report says, and many resort to printing worksheets they found online and buying their own paper.
The Department of Education said it’s “working with the school to provide students with physical education.”
On Monday, new Schools Chancellor issued a statement on her own findings:
“When I read the reports of the conditions at P.S. 106 in Queens, I immediately deployed Deputy Chancellor Dorita Gibson to get the facts on what is going right and wrong at this school. We acted swiftly – and we are going to continue to do so. Deputy Chancellor Gibson reported that there is significant room for organizational improvement, but that classrooms are orderly, teachers are dedicated, and students are learning. Going forward, I will have field staff at the school weekly to make sure those organizational changes occur. We are going to relentlessly support this school and marshal our resources until we see the results we expect for our students.”