Drug issue a serious one

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.

Recently, Gloversville Enlarged School District Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Frank Pickus was charged by Colonie police with being in possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop.

Pickus, 57, of 16 Moore Ave., Saratoga Springs, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, and traffic infractions.

After his arrest, Pickus was placed on paid administrative leave.

It’s a sad situation. Pickus has been with the district for many years. He also is a board member on the local ASAPP’s Promise – whose mission is to promote and support healthy lifestyle choices of people who live and work in Fulton County.

“We’re saddened by the news and it just reinforces that addictions can strike anyone at any time, and we hope that Frank gets the treatment that he needs,” ASAPP’s Promise coordinator Rachel Truckenmiller said.

We certainly would agree.

However, if Pickus is found guilty, the school district should get rid of him. School districts have shown little tolerance for students possessing illegal drugs. Given the authority and responsibility administrators have, they need to be held more accountable than anyone else at school.


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