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.
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.