By: Sarah Weiss
|Principal Richard Gilbert|
The principals stole a value of over $20,000 in complimentary tickets to the Great Adventure theme park for themselves and their friends and families although that had been donated by the amusement park for students to use.
The brother of a school administrator of IS 24 in New Springville even sold dozens of free tickets on eBay at $30 a pop and boasted to getting access to a lot of free tickets "every year", according to research by City Schools.
The tickets were valued at $64.19 each, but were marked "courtesy".
City officials slapped two six-figure administrators with fines of $25,000 for their participation in the robbery, including deputy director Richard Gilbert, who accepted almost 400 tickets on behalf of students and then distributed them among his colleagues.
Also fined was deputy Derric Borrero, who had 75 tickets, including eight for a visit from his family from Puerto Rico and 25 to his brother, an online retailer, according to researchers.
"He should be arrested it's stealing," a sixth grader, said. "That is wrong. I think it's unfair to steal and we had to pay $65 per ticket."
More than 1 in 3 students of the Middle School where enrollment exceeds 1,400 were from high poverty homes last year, according to the Department of Education.
However, neither manager saw nothing wrong with what they had done.