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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:47 administrator
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Breaking News - Reported Here First.

The Mount Vernon Board of Education school board trustees voted this past Monday in a 5-4 vote to terminate four employees of the school system. In subsequent individual meetings with the law firm Ingerman Smith which represents the school district, the employees were notified of their termination which would be effective the very next day on Tuesday. The employees included Parent Coordinator Syretta Collins, Director of Operations Nathaniel Taylor, Director of Security Carl Barchus and the Director of Communications Desiree Grand.

However, in a bizarre turn of events the four were notified late Tuesday that they were not terminated or as some see it re-hired and told to return to work on Wednesday. Some of them had already cleaned out their offices, told to return all district owned items (mobile phones, etc.) and left the premises. Shortly thereafter, Board president Michelle Walker sent out an e-mail alerting the other eight board members that there would be an emergency meeting on Wednesday at 2:30pm at the education center presumably to discuss the events of the past two days. At the emergency meeting, the board passed a resolution which enabled  the board to properly fire the four employees which had not followed proper procedure during the first vote. When school board trustee Lynn McBride inquired why the hastily called meeting was not held at an appropriate time when board members who are employed in the daytime could attend the meeting which are normally held in the evening, school board president Michelle Walker simply responded, "You don't have to be here" according to trustee McBride. "I simply left because I refuse to be a part of this kangaroo court" stated McBride. Trustees Delia Farquharson and Carol Ben Reuben were unable to attend today's meeting due to their work schedule, but had both voted no on Monday. Trustee Elias Gootzeit voted no Monday and today. Trustees Michelle Walker, Rosemarie Jarosz, Leonard Sarver, Gerald Whiteside and Marc Stuckey voted yes for termination on Monday and again today. Mount Vernon Today reached out to board president Michelle Walker this afternoon, but has not received a response before this story was posted on our web-site.

According to Dr. Collie Edwers, President of the Mount Vernon Civil Service Commission, “They are not civil service employees as far as I know. They serve at the pleasure of the hiring authority [Board of Education]." Edwers also added, “The board of Education created titles and positions without the involvement of the civil service commission which is required by the State of New York. In my opinion, the corrective measures some of the school board members are taking is to the extreme. They are opening themselves up for unnecessary lawsuits and that would be a waste of taxpayers’ money."

It has already been confirmed that several of the now terminated employees that were previously in limbo have already obtained or sought the advice of legal counsel. It has been learned that at least one of them had legal representation present at the meeting this past Monday when they were originally terminated.

The next public school board meeting is Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at the Mount Vernon Board of Education Center located at 165 North Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York 10553. The meeting begins at 7:00pm.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:58

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+1 # Tammie 2011-09-28 21:24
Terrible they have no clue what they're doing over there especially after what they put me through 2 get my son back n school. From the 1st day of school until 2day he finally got n.Their system sucks!!
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+7 # Lynda 2011-09-28 21:36
This is our fault. The community did not vote and the poor turnout for the school board election has led to this point. As long as this Gang of 5 holds the majority, they will use their votes against our community. Preparations for the 2012 election should begin now.
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+3 # Yvonne 2011-09-29 13:27
Have they gone bonkers?
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0 # MeanDonnaJean 2011-10-19 08:13
Quoting Yvonne:
Have they gone bonkers?


Have they GONE bonkers? Nope. They've BEEN bonkers for quite some time now 8)
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+4 # Derrick Claye 2011-10-01 12:30
MIchelle Walker, Lenny Sarver and their cohorts are absolutely operating in a fashion to serve their owe interest without a sincere regard for the kids. Their conduct is not collaborative, because they are carrying out the agenda of those responsible for their campaign and election. The community will rue the day they put them in office.
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