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Old 05-26-2019, 01:07 PM
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Default Black female Principal ousted from out-of-control high school where kids threatened staff

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Staffers at ‘out of control’ Brooklyn school threatened, injured by students
By Susan Edelman
May 25, 2019 | 5:15pm | Updated May 25, 2019 | 8:49pm


It Takes a Village Academy interim acting principal Sybil Girard (left) and former principal Marina Vinitskaya.


A highly regarded Brooklyn school has become a zoo where students threaten teachers and roam the halls, injuring each other and adults, desperate staffers told The Post.

Among a spate of incidents since January at It Takes a Village Academy in Flatbush:

A teacher found a note slipped under her classroom door: “I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE BITCH!” — with a scrawled home address obtained by a kid who gained access to an office computer.

An irate student smashed a classroom door, shattering glass and cutting his hand.

A school safety agent trying to break up a melee fell and broke his arm.

A pregnant paraprofessional who asked a student not to shove her was menaced by the girl, who snapped, “I don’t give a f–k. I will f–k you up.”

A veteran staffer said, “The students are completely out of control.”

Another staffer said, “Long after the bells, kids are still in the hallway, loitering, playing, talking to their friends. The air reeks of marijuana.”

Teachers blame interim acting principal Sybil Girard, saying she has created a culture in which students freely defy authority.

“They’ve been empowered completely,” one said. “Just trying to get them into class or to do work, they say, ‘You have no right. I’ll speak to the principal to get you fired.'”

Academic achievement has plummeted, faculty members say.

The graduation rate was 89 percent in 2017-18 , but the number of students earning advanced Regents diplomas — which require more challenging courses — fell from 18 percent in 2016-17 to just 2 percent.

“Mediocrity is what is expected, as opposed to what it once was — reaching for the gold standard,” the veteran staffer said. “Now the bare minimum is OK.”


A threatening note found by a teacher at It Takes a Village Academy.


The 659-student school serves mostly low-income black and Hispanic kids, including new immigrants
. It has worsened, staffers allege, since November 2017, when the Department of Education removed Principal Marina Vinitskaya, who had her own scandal. She was accused of failing to call police after a 14-year-old boy said he was sexually assaulted by upperclassmen in a locker room.

The NYPD has made no arrests in that case, and Vinitskaya, who made $186,368 last year, remains “reassigned” to an office, officials said.

But the violence has escalated.

“That building is so out of control,” said Gregory Floyd, president of the union for school safety agents. “The number of incidents is excessive — fights, verbal assaults, children on children, children on adults — and it’s not being handled.”

It was only after the 27-year-old safety agent suffered a broken arm on April 1 that DOE and NYPD officials sent several more agents to guard the Samuel J. Tilden Educational Campus, which houses ITAVA and two other high schools.

Faculty members have sent multiple letters to Brooklyn high school Superintendent Michael Prayor pleading for Girard’s removal, to no avail.

“It’s almost as if the DOE has a lack of caring,” a teacher said.

Prayor did send Angelo Marra, a supervising principal who makes $173,700 a year, to oversee Girard, who makes $153,500 a year.

DOE spokesman Doug Cohen said the school has received new safety training as well as supervisors. “We’ll continue to take action to meet the needs of our students and staff,” he said.
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Principal ousted from out-of-control high school where kids threatened staff
By Susan Edelman
August 10, 2019 | 9:44pm | Updated


Sybil Gerard


The principal of a Brooklyn high school where out-of-control kids threatened and injured staffers has been removed, The Post has learned.

Sybil Girard, interim acting head of It Takes a Village Academy in Flatbush, will not return in September, but will start a new job as an assistant principal — with lesser pay — at a school nearby, the city Department of Education confirmed.

“Everyone is so relieved,” said a teacher at ITAVA. “There are tears of joy, literally, among the remaining staff. A lot of good people have left because of her.”

Girard is now under investigation for allegedly firing five teachers who openly wrote letters of complaints, the DOE confirmed.

Among horrific incidents at the school, which reeked of pot, one teacher found a note warning, “I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE BITCH!” with her home address obtained by a kid who gained access to an office computer.

A school safety agent trying to break up a fight fell and broke his arm. A pregnant paraprofessional who asked a student not to shove her was told by the girl: ‘I will f–k you up.”

Besides safety concerns, teachers said Girard let the once highly regarded school slide academically.

The school’s robotics team fell by the wayside. Teachers who left were not replaced. Not a single student graduated this year with an advanced Regents diploma, because the required courses in math, science and Spanish were dropped.

In June, the frustrated faculty took a vote of no-confidence in Girard, with 48 of 63 staffers approving it.

Girard, who was never made permanent because of ongoing probes, reverted back to assistant principal, her salary dropping from $164,196 to $138,518. She will join the Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration, officials said.

Angelo Marra, who was assigned to supervise Girard, will serve as acting principal — a move that pleased the staff, a teacher said.

Teachers praised Executive Superintendent Barbara Freeman for finally removing Girard after letters to Brooklyn South high school superintendent Michael Prayor, begging for intervention, went nowhere.

DOE spokesman Will Mantell said, “We thank Sybil Girard for her service at It Takes A Village Academy , and the Superintendent and Acting Principal Angelo Marra will ensure a smooth transition and strong start to the school year. We’ll work closely with the community as we identify a new permanent leader of the school.”
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