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Gloversville school board member: President should quit

September 11, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE -A member of the city school board said Monday the board president should resign from his position as president.

Board of Education member Robert Curtis, during the public-comment portion of Monday's school board meeting, said board President Pete Semione should step down and the board should raise its standards for accountability.

"Without getting into the specifics of accountability, I submit the president should at the very least step down from his position of president," said Curtis.

He said the board will not be able to effectively address the serious issues facing the district under the current president.

This morning, Curtis added, "We are all aware that there are several other issues in front of the board at this time and we will be able to resolve the issues at hand and this one as a board over time."

At the board meeting, member Joe Andrews said, "We have had enough."

He declined to elaborate.

School board members would not talk about their concerns specifically, but there has been some discontent among board members since the last board meeting, when the board transferred a high school music teacher to a position at the middle school.

The board has not publicly given a specific reason for the transfer.

In addition, the school district has been named a "focus district" by the state because of poor performance. The district will put together a plan to address the performance issues.

District resident Pat Ashbey asked during Monday's meeting whether any board members have been threatened by Semione.

Andrews replied with a "yes." He would not elaborate.

Ashbey said she supports Curtis' proposal to have Semione resign. She said the issue must be dealt with because of what she called Semione's alleged "shady behavior."

Semione was absent from the meeting because of illness, but he did respond to the accusations made against him .

"The reports of threats are completely false. I have never made a threat to anyone in the community or the board," said Semione.

Asked whether he would consider stepping down, he said, "Absolutely not. I have no reason to."

This morning, Semione said, "It's unfortunate that members of the board took a private issue and made it personal. It is extremely unprofessional."

 
 

 

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