New York Principal at Struggling School Accused Of Building Private Gym

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Principal Jazmine Santiago is under funding over school spending this week but it is not the usual tension between added teachers versus greater school supplies. Santiago is accused to effectively using school funds in the struggling PS 260 in Flatbush to build her own private gym with a bench press, pull-up bar, treadmill, elliptical machine and thigh exerciser. While Santiago says that she shares the equipment with older students, the oldest students at the school is only 11 years old since they top out at 5th grade.

Parents and teachers noted that at an average 4-foot-10, the students are not tall enough to reach some of the heavy-duty equipment.

Santiago converted a storage room into the workout space in June 2014. Teachers say that she comes in the morning and continues to work out while classes are in session.

Santiago earns $124,319 a year and has been principal for four years.

Parents think that there are other things that might be a priority in a school where only 16 percent of students passed state English tests and only 12 percent passed math exams last year.

The allegations are interesting from a legal perspective since the use of the equipment at the school would seem to nullify any criminal fraud allegation. If Santiago were to use school funds for private purposes, there might be criminal allegations. However, if she technically made the equipment open to students, it would make this a question of judgment. Incredibly, incredibly bad judgment.

30 thoughts on “New York Principal at Struggling School Accused Of Building Private Gym”

  1. I too know this individual and yes she is a horror. I have been in that facility, PS 269 and from the picture definitely I can identify it as a classroom with the windows covered and the standing bookcase and the blackboard. Yes it is a classroom. She is a despicable person, does not care about the children, harasses the teachers and I can go on and on. I agree that she made a terrible decision with the school money for her own good and individuality and should be punished accordingly (possibly suspended permanently).

  2. Yes, it would be smart to drug test her, as I have personal knowledge of her drug addiction. She also has kids who should be taken from her.

    Poor excuse for a human being.

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