NEW YORK (CBS 2/AP) — The principal of a Harlem school attended by a little girl who drowned on a school field trip was out of a job Wednesday.

Dr. Jose Maldonado-Rivera has been fired as principal of Columbia Secondary School but not directly as a result of last summer’s tragic trip to Long Beach.

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The Department of Education said Maldonado-Rivera violated conflict of interest rules by hiring his baby sitter as school parent coordinator and then giving her free lodging.

They say the baby sitter escorted Maldonado-Rivera’s son on several summer-school trips to Puerto Rico at no charge.

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Maldonado-Rivera told the New York Post he didn’t think there was a conflict of interest because there was no exchange of money. He says he takes full responsibility for his mistake but believes his punishment is excessive.

Maldonado-Rivera lost his tenure rights following the drowning death of 12-year-old Nicole Suriel.

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