Roosevelt residents call for Mills' resignation
Roosevelt residents called for state Education Commissioner Richard Mills' resignation Monday as the Board of Regents visited the embattled school district.
Roosevelt Union Free School District has been the center of controversy in recent years, capped off by state-appointed Superintendent Ronald Ross' resignation last week.
Critics claim Ross, who served for three years and had one more remaining on his contract, turned a $1 million budget surplus into a $12 million deficit and neglected to improve struggling academics. Critics say Mills should go as well.
"They need a whole total house cleaning," said resident Antares Wendler. "Anybody that had anything to do with it for the last 11 years has to go."
Roger Tilles, the Board of Regent's Long Island representative, said Ross' resignation was necessary, but that Mills' future would be decided in July.
"I'm not going to say whether he should or he shouldn't [resign] until we evaluate, make a full evaluation," Tilles said.
For his part, Mills unequivocally denied any intention of leaving his post.