Thursday, July 01, 2004

Fired from the public schools for not doing nothing when being paid to do it.
In a bizarre, only-in-New-York story, five school administrators face the ax for being no-shows at their no-work jobs, said Special Schools Investigator Richard Condon.

The veteran assistant principals -- who earn up to $106,000 a year -- cheated the city out of tens of thousands of dollars by skipping out of work - although they had no work to do.

They spent the school day shopping at department stores and visiting attractions around the city, Condon said. They've all been caught on surveillance cameras playing hooky, he said. Four of the five allegedly falsified time sheets by claiming they spent the day at work when investigators tailing them caught them elsewhere.

"These supervisors couldn't even supervise themselves," Condon said. "They shouldn't supervise anyone else."

All five had been temporarily placed in a regional office last fall awaiting re-assignment to a school following the Department of Education's reorganization. But they were not assigned specific duties and refused to do any clerical or administrative work during the three to six months they spent in the office, insisting their union contract prohibited it, Condon said.

So their "job" consisted of sitting in the office...

Condon said he has referred the case to Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau "because they stole money from the Department of Education for taking pay for work they didn't do."

And Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said he's moving to fire the five phantom supervisors, who are supposed to work a seven-hour, 40-minute day. Condon admitted the investigation uncovered management problems -- like giving the supervisors nothing to do.

Klein's office blamed a "dysfunctional union contract." But a spokesman for the Council of Supervisors ... accused educrats of dragging their heels in reassigning people...
end quote from the New York Post