An ex-NYC principal branded “the prom killer” ran up a $114,000 deficit at her school, failed to document many expenses and padded her paychecks with overtime she didn’t work, according to newly revealed probes.
Shadia Alvarez was accused last week in a grade-fixing scandal at New Rochelle HS, a Westchester school she joined after leaving a hidden trail of alleged misconduct at the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science in The Bronx.
After quitting her city Department of Education job, her former school in the Christopher Columbus campus found itself stuck with a growing pile of unpaid bills totalling $114,393, according to the Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools. Cash collected from students for things like trips, hoodies, yearbooks and the senior prom was unaccounted for.
In addition, an audit found 31 purchases totaling $10,000 on Alvarez’s DOE credit card were not logged as required — and probers found no records of goods or services received.
Alvarez also failed to supervise a parent coordinator whom she had assigned to handle money, the SCI report said.
The SCI completed its probe in July 2016, but no disciplinary charges were filed against Alvarez because she had already vamoosed to New Rochelle.
Alvarez quit her city job in August 2015 after a prior probe led to her demotion from principal to assistant principal. It confirmed she had pocketed overtime pay over several months in 2013 without clocking in or documentation, which she called “inconvenient,” says a report by the DOE’s Office of Special Investigations.
She also billed for overtime on days when she was absent — and when no students came to school.
The NYC reports, which officials kept under wraps, were first reported by New Rochelle watchdog Robert Cox, publisher of the Talk of the Sound news site.
Last week, the New Rochelle school district released an investigative report that found Alvarez had changed or fabricated 212 grades for 32 students who failed or did not complete online make-up classes needed for graduation. Alvarez ran the credit-recovery program.
The report blasted the program’s “numerous deficiencies.” Students took tests without teacher supervision, often at home. Credits were awarded “without regard to, or review of, the quality of the work.”
Alvarez, whose New Rochelle salary was $147,000, received 30 days’ notice of termination — and immediately erased any mention of New Rochelle from her Linked-in page. She did not return messages.
The errant administrator sparked a Post headline in March 2013 when she threatened to snuff the prom at the Collegiate Institute unless every senior passed.
“CANCELLED Till further notice. . . There will NOT be a PROM without a 100 percent Guarantee Graduation Rate,” she had warned students in a poster.
The DOE has barred Alvarez from ever working for its schools again, a spokesman said.
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