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Drug issue a serious one

March 6, 2014

A school is no place for drugs. We think everyone would agree with that. Similarly, those who are found to have illegal drugs should not be working as educators....

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Mar-18-14 12:49 PM

Tenure is the saddest and most pathetic excuse given for not firing this man. He broke a law that would get a child suspended and out of school for a very long time. This is a drug free school zone he works in. HE SHOULD BE FIRED. No money should be wasted on rehabbing this man. He made a conscious choice to use. I do not care who wants to defend the delinquent, you have meth in your car, it is not by accident. FIRE HIM!

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Mar-09-14 10:15 AM

I have relatives in a couple different school systems and I asked them about their administrators being evaluated or given a performance review and they don't believe there is anything once they receive tenure. Unless a parent raises a concern and that concern is actually investigated (which many are not because the administrators cover for each other) they are free and clear to do as they please until something like this happens that the district can't ignore. Makes a sad statement for our schools that educate the youth.

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Mar-08-14 12:23 PM

Bet he doesn't get jail time.

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Mar-08-14 10:42 AM

Hair follicle test, then we'll see how "recent" things are.

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Mar-08-14 8:27 AM

There should be immediate testing and dismissal if found to be guilty of drug use. If he was not a user then lets step into why he had them on him and fire him without pay for intent to distribute drugs. Case closed.

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Mar-07-14 12:39 PM

Any other person caught with multiple bags would have been charged with intent to distribute. Position, social standing, unfortunately it counts for more than the crime committed.

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Mar-07-14 12:18 PM

I guess I am a little confused a school is a safe zone drug free I would like to know how many times Mr Pickus had drug in his car at the school or was using at lunch or while on the job. This I know we may never know a true answer to but I feel that considering his potion at the school we all should go to the next school board meeting and demand his resignation or his dismissal the school has a no tolerance policy on drugs the facts are he was caught red handed with them its not speculation or wait to see if he is convicted he had the drugs in his position and if we as parent don't demand his resignation we are excepting that's what he did was ok and can be swept under the rug its not ok he need to go no tolerance means just that no matter who you are

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Mar-07-14 8:32 AM

MrBoB51 you got that right this city our school and the country is living with the someone else did it theory and look were it's gotten us. this world is crumbing around us and we keep your mind on b.s. things that are not helping us at all. if children are the furture and this p.o.s in the schools and the parents that are just as bad we are dommed. good luck buddy stay in the shadows. haha

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Mar-06-14 7:43 PM

What about his contract extension and raise? How was that possible when we now know what he was really doing with his time? What kind of performance expectations are there for our administrators in Gloversville and who is responsible for enforcing them?

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Mar-06-14 7:26 PM

Did he carpool with the sup.? Two bigshots living it up in Saratoga, both without a committment to the live with the peeps paying the freight.

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Mar-06-14 5:16 PM

Sad situation..for Pickus, his wife and nobody else. If she didn't know her husband was a meth head then both of them are too oblivious to hold ANY position of authority. They know all about 'choices' thinktank and NOTHING about 'consequences'. Somebody else made him an addict and somebody else made his wife an enabler. Turns out, somebody else finds out and arrests him and now his life is miserable...all because of somebody else. Sometimes, as in this case, it's ok to be one of those 'somebody else'.

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Mar-06-14 5:07 PM

It should have been a felony based on the quanity and it being in seperate bags.

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Mar-06-14 4:04 PM

We're saddened by the news and it just reinforces that addictions can strike anyone at any time"

that comment reinforces the problem!!! addiction can happen to any one at any time. the part your leaving out is the choice. no one forced him to take meth. i've got a life lesson for you people who think other are the victim of drugs. in life you get the first choice between right and wrong. what children, teens, poor parents and most people want is the choice of the consequences and you don't get that choice. it was made for you with the first choice you made. make the first choice count. think about it.

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Mar-06-14 3:47 PM

Commenter "moderation" is almost right. There is no place for "innocent until proven guilty" in this case. Mr. Pickus has a contract with the School District & the words of that contract control the situation. It is certain that he has breached his contract by possessing a controlled substance. A police officer has proven this to the extent needed for a contractual matter by finding an illegal drug on his person. No sympathy, no extended hearing process, no suspension - fire him fast. And "Pards13" is also right - the children are watching!

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Mar-06-14 3:18 PM

Why the kid gloves, this guy is nothing more than a meth-head no matter how you cut it, and being a member of ASSAP's promise, what a joke, as for "getting help" he should have thought about that the first time he purchased/made meth...that would have shown sincereity, now caught, face the music and man up....

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Mar-06-14 2:36 PM

He should be fired!!!! If it was a teacher they would go after him.

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Mar-06-14 2:27 PM

What a teachable moment. All the students are watching to see what the district does.

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Mar-06-14 1:36 PM

He should be fired immediately. Innocent till proven guilty is the bar set in criminal court. A job is not a right, and this man has clearly abdicated his responsibility. He was caught with meth. End of story. Send him packing.

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Mar-06-14 12:56 PM

Very sad situation for this man and his family. Drug addiction is an illness and it sounds like he is going to get help, which is great. Here is the thing that bothers me. How many other individuals have been treated in this manner by law enforcement, employers, media, etc.. This man is fortunate that he is being given the understanding that he is but I can tell you from personal experience that this is not the norm for people suffering from addiction. I don't feel the school should support paid leave unless he is going into a medical facility and has to be tested when he comes out.

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