NY Daily News reports that a scandal-scarred Harlem school superintendent has been slapped with a $3,000 fine for selling real estate to a subordinate teacher, authorities said Tuesday.
Manhattan District 4 superintendent Alexandra Estrella violated city rules when she sold a home to a teacher working for her in 2011, when Estrella was principal at Esperanza Preparatory Academy.
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In signed settlement papers with the Conflicts of Interest Board, Estrella claimed she didn’t know city regulations barred her from entering into a financial relationship with an employee.
She will face no further punishment for the sale of the home.
The teacher who bought the two-family home in Mount Vernon for $325,000, Rosely Abreu-Herarte, wasn’t disciplined.
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City Education Department spokesman Michael Aciman said the 23-year city educator made a mistake with the real estate transaction.
“She has been a strong leader in her community, and we will continue to support her in her work to bring equity and excellence to all students in District 4,” Aciman said.