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Principal of Drowned Harlem Girl Removed for Putting Nanny on Payroll

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NYPost: The principal of a Harlem school where a 12-year-old girl drowned on a field trip this summer has been removed for allegedly putting his nanny on the payroll and giving her a free place to stay, officials said today.


While a host of parents and teachers called for the removal of Columbia Secondary School principal Jose Maldonado-Rivera in the aftermath of the tragic, poorly-supervised trip, it's the unusual financial relationship Maldonado had with a subordinate that could get him canned.

The latest charges stemmed from allegations parents and teachers made in July that the principal had hired his nanny -- with whom they say he was having an affair -- to work as parent coordinator in 2008.

The complaints came after Maldonado was disciplined solely by having his probationary-period extended following Nicole Suriel's drowning on a beach outing to Long Island in June.

Maldonado and the parent coordinator -- Monica Marin-Reyes -- both admitted to special school probers that she had cared for his young son at times in the school office as well as during annual summer school trips to Puerto Rico, but they maintained that he didn't pay her for the service.

The principal also told probers in the Office of the Special Commisioner of Investigation he let Marin-Reyes stay at his apartment rent-free for nearly a year -- while he lived elsewhere -- because she was having financial troubles.

But Maldonado insisted they didn't have an intimate relationship until after Marin-Reyes quit her post in July, at which point they began dating and then moved in together.

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