STATE OF NEW YORK
STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
In the matter of Stewart S. Lilker,
property owner and taxpayer of
Freeport Union Free School District
for a determination by the Commissioner
to remove the District Clerk, Mary Bediako and
the Board of Education: Dante Grover,
Albert Renken, Joyce Lisi, John Muscara, and
Ronald Ellerbe for acting outside
their jurisdiction and without any authority from
the Commissioner of Education,
to wit: holding secret school board meetings
and not keeping minutes.
The following facts are respectfully submitted to the Commissioner in support of this petition for a determination
to remove from office the District Clerk, Mary Bediako and the Freeport Board of Education: Dante Grover, Albert Renken, Joyce Lisi, John Muscara, and Ronald Ellerbe for intentionally and willfully with wrongful intent, violating the Laws on New York State, the District Policies and their Oaths of Office by acting outside their jurisdiction and without any authority from the Commissioner of Education, to wit, having secret school board meetings.
- The Freeport Board of Education has a history of meeting in
secret. Between 1989 and 1992 members of the Freeport staff falsified student time cards totaling approximately 563,000 hours of time. Upon their discovery of this falsification, the Board of Education ("Board") met at least once in Albany and other times in the district and never announced these meetings to the public. A careful examination of the School District minutes shows no record of these meetings. The tradition of secrecy continued when on March 19, 1998 this Board met secretly with the Freeport NY Village Attorney, Harrison J. Edwards.
- On November 10, 1999 the Freeport Board of Education met with the public, various members of the administrative staff, an architectural firm and construction management firm at a public meeting held in the Atkinson school. The Clerk did not prepare minutes of this meeting. At the conclusion of said November 10, 1999 meeting,
the Board held a secret executive session in the District Administration
building. There weren't any minutes prepared of this meeting, nor is there any indication anywhere that it ever occurred..
It is the petitioner's position that the Respondent District Clerk, Mary Bediako and Board of Education: Dante Grover, Albert Renken, Joyce Lisi, John Muscara, and Ronald Ellerbe, collectively and individually operated outside their authority and jurisdiction and willfully and intentionally with wrongful intent violated their Oaths of Office, the by-laws of the Freeport Union Free School District, the laws of New York State and the rules and regulations of the Commissioner of Education, by having secret Board of Education meetings. Accordingly, the Commissioner has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to Education Law § 306 (1) and Education Law § 1706.
STATEMENT OF FACTS
- On March 19, 1998 the Freeport Board of Education ("the Board") met secretly with the Freeport NY Village Attorney, Harrison J.
Edwards. The District did not post a notice of this meeting as is required by law, nor did the District Clerk, Mary
Bediako, prepare minutes of said meeting. A careful examination of the records and Board minutes of the district reveals that there is no record of this meeting. The billing record, detailing the Village Attorney's meeting with the Board of Education is annexed hereto as Exhibit "1".
- On November 10, 1999 the Board met to discuss what they called "the conceptual improvement plan for our schools." This meeting was attended by the entire Board, Dante Grover, Albert Renken, Joyce
Lisi, Ronald Ellerbe, and John Muscara. The administration also attended this meeting. Those members were the Assistant Supt. Of Curriculum and District Records Access Officer, Dr. Anthony Ciaglia, the Assistant Supt. Of Business, Kishore
Kuncham, the Director of Personnel and District Clerk, Mary
Bediako. The Architects and Construction Management Firm also attended this meeting. Annexed hereto as Exhibit "2" is the notice posted on the Administration Building and other buildings in the District. Annexed hereto as Exhibit "3" is the first and next to the last page of the slide presentation presented to the public on the night of November 10, 1999.<fn
- At the conclusion of the November 10th Board meeting, Board President Grover said, "All right, does anybody else have any questions? Thank you everyone." After a short while of small talk, Mr. Grover and the Board left the meeting. Annexed hereto as Exhibit "4" is the transcript from the audio tape of the end of the meeting (see pg. 1 line 1 to 4). Annexed hereto as Exhibit "5" is the Affidavit of Joseph Bailey, III. (see par 1 to 9).
- I left the meeting with Mr. Joseph Bailey, III ("Mr. Bailey). While walking toward the parking lot I noticed that the automobiles of the Board and the Administrators were still in the parking lot. I mentioned to Mr. Bailey that it seemed that the Board must have gone to meet somewhere.
I told Mr. Bailey that I never saw or heard the Board make any resolution to go into executive session. Mr. Bailey told me he didn't see or hear it. Mr. Bailey told me that after the meeting he saw the Board turn away from the exit and walk down the hall of the Atkinson School. Mr. Bailey and I walked back to the Atkinson School to find them. After a short time, unable to find the missing Board, I inquired of the cleaning crew as to their whereabouts. They said they went out the side door and were meeting across the street at the Administration Building.
- Mr. Bailey and I went to the side entrance of the Administration Building. The doors were locked. I rang the bell; Mr. Kuncham came to the door and opened it about a foot; Mr. Kuncham tried to block our entrance by pulling the door shut; I put my foot in the door; I walked into the building followed by Mr. Bailey; Mr. Kuncham told us to wait at the bottom of the stairs like a couple of criminals. Mr. Bailey and I walked up the short flight of stairs to the Board room; Mr. Kuncham scurried past us into the Board room.
- After a few moments Board President Grover emerged from the Board room with a big smile and in an unsolicited testimonial said:
"I made the announcement. One matter of personnel. Ron seconded the motion.
After some conversation Mr. Grover repeated his assertion:
At the end of the meeting I said does anybody have any further questions and I said I have an item of personnel for executive session. One item. May I have a second please and Ron seconded it.
I spoke loud and clear as I did throughout the meeting.
I'm telling you the announcement was made.
(see full transcript, exhibit "4")
- After some brief conversation, Mr. Grover reentered the Board room.
- After a few minutes Mr. Bailey and I left the administration building.
- On December 10, 1999 I went to the Administration building to inspect the Board Of Education minutes from October 13, 1999 to and including December 10, 1999. The FOIL request was clear and specific:
"Under the provision of the NYS FOIL I am requesting the following records be made available. All minutes of the Board of education from October 13, 1999 to the present day.
There were only two sets of unapproved minutes made available, those of October 13, 1999 and November 17, 1999. They were made available by Ms. Denise Elmore. Ms. Elmore stamped the request with the received stamp of the District Clerk. The District Clerk, Mary Bediako was not available.<fn
- After receiving the requested copies, Ms. Elmore certified that "All inf requested rec'd + and hand carried." Ms. Elmore made a copy of the first page of the FOIL request and wrote the aforementioned in the top right of the page after I had written, "Received 16 pages, all documents on file." She again the stamped the page with the received stamp of the District Clerk.<fn
- On December 15, 1999 the Board met at the Atkinson School. A copy of the first page of the agenda is annexed hereto as Exhibit "8". Under items for action the minutes of October 13th, November 17th, and December 1, 1999 were proposed to be accepted as written.
- Pursuant to the District Policy the public is given an opportunity to question the Board on the items for action.<fn
4> I questioned them on among other things, the acceptance of the minutes. A transcript of that portion of the December 15th meeting is annexed hereto as Exhibit "9". During this exchange Board VP Renken explained that " --- the minutes being presented for approval tonight. They are October 13th, November 17th and December 1st." I then asked, " --- Have there been any other
meetings? "VP Renken replied, "Open Board meetings. No. Executive Sessions. No."
- Neither the District Clerk, Mary Bediako, nor the attending Board members Joyce Lisi, Ronald Ellerbe, or John Muscara contradicted the Vice President's affirmative denial that there had been no other Board meetings.
- On the evening of December 15, 1999, the Petitioner discovered that the District Clerk along with all the members of the Freeport Board of Education had finally determined to keep the November 10, 1999 executive session from the residents of the Freeport School Community and from the Petitioner himself.
- The Board violated District Policy no. 2330, adopted July 1, 1999, entitled Executive Sessions by convening into executive session without a request from a member, a resolution or vote. District Policy no. 2330 is annexed hereto as Exhibit "10".
- The Board further violated Policy no. 2330 by not "reconvene (ing) in open session --- to adjourn the meeting."
- Furthermore the Board violated Policy no. 2330 by not having "the name of the person who called for the executive session --- in the minutes of the public meeting."
- The Board violated District Policy no. 2360, adopted July 1, 1999, entitled Minutes. Neither the Open Board meeting of November 10, 1999 nor the executive session were recorded in minutes kept by the District Clerk, Mary Bediako. The District Clerk did willfully and intentionally and with wrongful intent keep the minutes of the November 10th meetings from the petitioner and the public.
- Policy no. 2360 says in part:
The Freeport Union Free School District Board of Education believes that open and accurate communication regarding its internal operation enhances the district's public relations program and provides a record of the district's progress towards its annual goals.
Therefore, the Board will maintain a set of minutes of each meeting.---
--- matters formally voted upon by the Board shall be recorded in Board minutes.
Policy no. 2360 is annexed hereto as Exhibit "11".
- The Board violated District Policy no. 2160, adopted July 1, 1999, entitled School Board Code of Ethics by among other things, in regard to the Nov. 10th Board meeting, having a secret meeting; by not keeping minutes or any record of said meeting and by having the meeting in a locked building not open to the general public. The Board, at the barest minimum, did violate the following sections (titles in bold) of the Code of Ethics "Upholding the principles of due process ---," Obeying all national, state and local laws ---," and lastly "Instilling respect for community, state and nation." Annexed hereto as Exhibit "12" is Policy no. 2160, School Board Code of Ethics.
- By convening secret meetings, The Board and the District Clerk violated the spirit and intent of Public Officers Law, Art. 7 Open Meetings Law, § 100 Legislative Declaration which states:
It is essential to the maintenance of a democratic society that the public business be performed in an open and public manner and that the citizens of this state be fully aware of and able to observe the performance of public officials and attend and listen to the deliberations and decisions that go into the making of public policy.
The people must be able to remain informed if they are to retain control over those who are their public servants. It is the only climate under which the commonweal will prosper and enable the governmental process to operate for the benefit of those who created it. (emphasis added)
- The Board and the District Clerk did know the consequences of their actions and cannot claim ignorance. Policy no. 2130, Resignation and Dismissal, approved by the Board on July 1, 1999 clearly states:
A Board member may be removed from office by the Commissioner of Education for willful violation of any provision of law, neglect of duty, or willfully disobeying any decision, order or regulation of the Commissioner.
Policy no. 2130 is annexed hereto as Exhibit "13".
REQUEST FOR STAY OF PROCEEDINGS
- Pursuant to § 276.1 the petitioner respectfully requests a stay of proceedings in that the Commissioner by the powers vested in him by the laws of NYS order and stay the Freeport Board of Education from having any more secret Board meetings.
- Furthermore, it is respectfully requested that the Commissioner order and stay the District Clerk from not producing minutes of Board of Education meetings, as she is required to do by law and to furthermore make the minutes of open meetings available in two weeks and executive sessions available in one week as is required by law.
- It is further respectfully requested that the Commissioner order the Freeport Board of Education to audio tape their open meetings and make these tapes available to the petitioner and the public, pursuant to the Open Meetings Law, so that the public will be aware of the meetings of the Board.
REQUEST FOR ORAL ARGUMENT
- Pursuant to § 276.2 the petitioner respectfully requests oral argument.
- On every occasion the respondents had to make right their wrongful deeds, they willfully carried forward contrary to the rules, regulations, and laws of NYS and the Commissioner of Education and in violation of their Oath's Of Office and
their own lawfully adopted by-laws of the Freeport Union Free School District.
WHEREFORE, the petitioner respectfully requests of the Commissioner the following:
a. Remove the Board of Education (Dante Grover, Albert Renken, Joyce Lisi John Muscara, Ronald Ellerbe) pursuant to Education Law § 1706 for willfully failing to perform their lawful duties.
b. Remove the District Clerk, Mary Bediako, pursuant to Education Law § 306, for willfully failing to perform her lawful duties.
d. Based on all the aforementioned, the Petitioner respectfully requests the Commissioner
stay the Freeport Board of Education from having any more secret meetings and stay the District Clerk from not producing minutes of Board meetings.
Dated: January 12, 1999
Stewart S Lilker
17 Lexington Ave.
Freeport NY 11520
Hm Ph: (516) 623-1639
Wk Ph: (516) 378-8992
Fax: (516) 378-9019
Stewart S Lilker
302 Guy Lombardo Avenue
Freeport NY 11520
It is interesting to note that the 12/15/99 adoption date was changed without one word of public discussion at any public meeting on or before 12/15/99.
<fn 2> It is interesting to note that Ms. Elmore, is not the District Clerk, however, she uses the "Clerk's Received stamp." In the districts Verified Answer, Appeal no. 16749, the Affidavit of Elmore attested that she was not authorized "to accept service of legal papers," yet she is now using the Clerk's received stamp at will.
Even though not required by law, it is the practice of the Board to approve all minutes at their regular scheduled meetings, adding two weeks for preparation to the time it takes for them to come before the Board.
Billing record (partial - ed) of Harrision Edwards, Village Atny. These
have been paid by the Inc. Village of Freeport.
3/16/98 Review Nassau
County agreement re DWI; tele. conf. with Mayor re
3/16/98 Prepare for Board
Prepare for meeting with Audubon Society; Freeport
School Board re Water 1.00
with Audubon Society and Freeport School
Board re Water Works
3/19/98 Memo to file re
Pigadis letter of denial; meeting with J. Madigan, R. Sagarese
Law Offices of Edwards
& Edwards 4
re revisions; review recommendation re SEQRA; tele. conf. with H. Avrutine,
Transcript of tape of end of Nov. 10th meeting at the Atkinson School
and following goings on at the Administration Building
MR. RENKEN: ...projectors. If I didn’t have
Walter who was a board electrician I would have never gotten done.
MR. GROVER: All right, does anybody else have
any questions? Thank you everyone.
(Mr. Lilker and Mr. Bailey walk back into
the Atkinson School looking for the School Board. Then walk back to
the Administration Building, Mr. Lilker rings the bell.)
MR. BAILEY: Who is this, Ron Ellerbe? That’s
Kunchum. Oh, they are meeting. Ain’t that something.
(Mr. Kuncham opens the door)
Man, how are you doing. They having a meeting.
MR. LILKER: Is there a meeting in here?
KUNCHAM: Just stay there. Just stay there.
MR. LILKER: They never made an announcement.
KUNCHAM: Don’t talk and don’t push me.
MR. LILKER: I’m not pushing you. They never
made an announcement.
KUNCHAM: I asked you to stay here.
MR. LILKER: I’m going to sit in the chair
if you don’t mind. I’m very thirsty my throat is very dry.
MR. GROVER: I made the announcement. One
matter of personnel. Ron seconded the motion.
MR. LILKER: Well there’s was a half a dozen
people who never heard it and there’s one of them right there.
MR. GROVER: Okay. I did make the
MR. LILKER: ... never heard it. ... never
MR. GROVER: At the end of the meeting I said
does anybody have any further questions and I said I have an item of
personnel for executive session. One item. May I have a second please
and Ron seconded it.
MR. LILKER: There’s dozen people here that
didn’t hear it. Next time speak up.
MR. GROVER: I spoke loud and clear as I did
throughout the entire meeting.
MR. LILKER: -- nobody heard it.
MR. GROVER: It not a problem, but I’m
telling you the announcement was made.
MR. LILKER: I heard what you said.
(Mr. Grover walks back into board room)
MR. LILKER: (to Mr. Bailey) Did you hear it?
MR. BAILEY: I didn’t hear it.
Affidavit of Joseph Bailey III, In Support of Petition
State of New York}
County of Nassau }
I, Joseph Bailey,III, P.E., duly
sworn depose and say that:
- I, Joseph Bailey,III, P.E.,
reside at 93 Lincoln Place, Freeport, New York and I make this
statement under the penalty of perjury.
- I am a member of the Freeport
High School PTA and I have a child in the Freeport School System.
Since August 1999, I have taken a more active role in the monitoring
of the activities of the Freeport School District and the Freeport
School Board. I take an active role in the education of my child. I am
fairly knowledgeable of what goes on in the Freeport School District.
While I have not attended all of the meetings of the Freeport School
Board, I have attended enough of the meetings to keep abreast of what
is going on in the Freeport School District.
- On November 10, 1999, at
approximately 7:30 P.M., I attended a Board of Education meeting at
the Caroline G. Atkinson Elementary School in Freeport, New York. The
meeting was well attended by the residents of the district. I
recognized the following members of the School Board in attendance:
Dante Grover, Board President; Dr. Albert Renken, Board VP; Joyce Lisi;
Ronald Ellerbe; John Muscara.
recognized the following members of the administrative staff at this
meeting: Dr. Mary Bediako, District Clerk and Director of Personnel;
Dr. Anthony Ciaglia, Asst. Supt. Of Curriculum Mr. Dan Romano,
director of Buildings and Grounds; Mr. Kinshore Kuncham, Asst. Supt.
- Also in attendance to discuss
the building projects was the architect and the construction
- Toward the end
of the meeting, Dr. Renken, related a story about himself and one of
the attendees at the meeting.
- When Dr.
Renken had finished his story, Mr. Grover asked: "All
right, does anybody else have any questions?" There not being any
questions Mr. Grover said, "Thank you everyone."
microphones were then turned off. Neither Mr. Grover, nor any other
Board member made any additional statements. Mr. Grover then stood up
from his chair and stepped back from the table.
- As I was preparing to leave
the meeting, I observed a number of the Freeport School Board members
turning right to walk down the hallway and further into the school,
instead of turning left and walking out the front door, which would
have been only a few feet from them.
- A few minutes later, I left
the meeting with Stewart Lilker, walking out of the front door of the
Atkinson school. Mr. Lilker and I walked toward the Administration
Building parking lot. Mr. Lilker remarked to me that he recognized a
number of the Board member's cars were still in the parking lot. I
told him what I had observed earlier, that the Board didn't walk out
the front door. Mr. Lilker and I proceeded back into the Atkinson
school to find where the School Board was meeting. We entered the
school and walked down the hallway to try and find the Board and were
not successful in locating them.
- When we returned to the front
door and asked the cleaning crew if they had seen the Board, we were
told that they thought the Board was meeting across the street at the
- Mr. Lilker and I walked across
to the Administration Building to the Lincoln Place entrance. When we
found the building locked. Mr. Lilker rang the bell and Mr. Kuncham,
responded to the ring.
Kuncham informed Mr. Lilker that we could not enter the building,
but would have to go around the corner (in the dark) to the Ocean
Avenue Entrance. Mr. Lilker responded that this was ridiculous, as Mr.
Kuncham had already opened the door. Mr. Lilker then entered the
building and I followed.
- Mr. Kuncham attempted to
manhandle Mr. Lilker in the doorway, telling him to wait at the bottom
of the stairs. To which Mr. Lilker responded, "I'm going
to sit in the chair if you don't mind. I'm very thirsty my throat is
very dry." Mr. Lilker then
walked up a short flight of stairs to the water fountain out side the
Board room. I followed. Mr. Kuncham ran up the stairs and disappeared
into the Board room..
- In a few moments, Mr. Grover
emerged. He said to Mr. Lilker, "At the end of the meeting
I said does anybody have any further questions and I said I have an
item of personnel for executive session. One item. May I have a second
please and Ron seconded it."
- Mr. Lilker told Mr. Grover he
never heard it and neither did anybody else.
- I never heard Mr. Grover say
that. I recorded the meeting and I have listened to the tape and I
could not hear Mr. Grover say that because he didn't.
- After Mr. Grover's claim he
went back into the Board room and closed the door behind him.
- I audio taped the proceedings
at the Atkinson School and the Administration Building.
- I have given this affidavit of my own
free will and have been neither promised nor received any
remuneration for this statement.
JOSEPH BAILEY,III, P.E.
Dated: January 12, 2000
Sworn to before me this
_12th_ th day of January, 2000
Transcript of portion of tape - December 15th
Board VP Renken unequivocally states that there were no other Board
meetings, while the Board and administrators sit silent.
MR. LILKER: Good evening. Dr. Renken, Board,
residents. I have a couple of questions about the agenda. The first
thing I would like to see is the minutes that you are approving tonight,
DR. RENKEN: The latest minutes?
DR. BEDIAKO: Mr. Lilker. --- have the
MR. LILKER: I would like to see the minutes
DR. BEDIAKO: The thirteenth, the seventeenth
and December first.
MR. LILKER: I would just like to see the
DR. BEDIAKO: You saw them. I gave them to you
(Dr. Renken hands Mr. Lilker the minutes from his packet)
MR. LILKER: Thank you. These are all the
minutes of all the meetings that we’ve had in the last, not counting
October 13th, that we’ve had since December first, sir.
DR. RENKEN: These are the minutes that are
being presented for approval tonight. They are October 13th, November
17th and December 1st.
MR. LILKER: Thank you. Have
there been any other meetings?
DR. RENKEN: Open Board
Meetings. NO. Executive Sessions. No.
MR. LILKER: Thank you sir. I think you said
that’s no executive sessions --. Thank you.
FREEPORT UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Freeport Union Free School District Board of Education reserves the
right, within the constraints of State Law, to meet in executive session.
Such sessions can be requested by any member of the Board or the
Superintendent of Schools.
Upon a majority vote of its members, the Board may convene in executive
session to discuss matters where premature public disclosure might be
detrimental to the operation of the school system (such as, discussion of
possible lease of property), or where public disclosure might violate an
individual’s right to privacy (such as, certain personnel problems); or
any other topic(s) permitted by law.
Formal action or vote on such matters as disciplinary charges against
an employee and findings and/or placement of students by CSE may only be
taken by the Board during an executive session. No formal action or vote
may be taken to appropriate moneys during an executive session. The Board
shall reconvene in open session to take final action on other matters
discussed, and to adjourn the meeting.
Minutes of executive sessions will reflect all actions and votes taken
by the Board in executive session without personally identifying employees
or students affected thereby. The name of the person who called for the
executive session will also appear in the minutes of the public meeting.
The Board may permit staff and other persons whose presence is deemed
necessary or appropriate to attend an executive session or any part
Ref: Education Law §~l708; 3020-a
Open Meetings Law, Public Officers Law, §~100 et seq.
Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Part 84
Opinion of Counsel No. 239, 16 EDR 457 (1976)
Matter of Thomas, 10 EDR 108 (1971)
Matter of Spinik, 25 EDR 310 (19~6)
Matter of Kursch v. Board of Educ., 7 AD 2d 922 (1959)
Muller oJ5aniui v. Linde,:hurst Board of Educ.,
58 NY 2d 626 (1982)
Adopted: July 1, 1999
FREEPORT UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Freeport Union Free School District Board of Education believes
that open and accurate communication regarding its internal operations
enhances the district’s public relations program and provides a record
of the district’s progress towards its annual goals.
Therefore, the Board will maintain a set of minutes of each meeting.
Such minutes shall constitute the official record of proceedings of the
Board and shall be open to public inspection
within one week of executive sessions and within two weeks of all other
All motions, proposals, resolutions, and any
other matters formally voted upon by the Board shall be recorded in Board
minutes. In recording such votes, the names of the Board members
shall be listed in alphabetical order, and the record shall indicate the
final vote of each Board member.
If a Board member is not present at the opening of a meeting, the
subsequent arrival time of such member shall be indicated in the minutes.
A draft of the minutes of each meeting is to be
forwarded to each member of the Board not later than the time the agenda
for the next meeting is disseminated.
Minutes are public documents and thus shall be open to inspection by
Ref: Education Law §2121
Freedom of Information Law, Public Officers Law, §~84 et seq.
Open Meeting Law, Public Officers Law, §~l00 et seq.
1120, School District Records
Adopted: July 1, 1999
FREEPORT UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
SCHOOL BOARD CODE OF ETHICS
The Freeport Union Free School District Board of Education recognizes
that sound ethical standards of conduct serve to increase the
effectiveness of school board members and their staff as educational
leaders in their community. Actions based on an ethical code of conduct
promote public confidence and the attainment of district goals. The Board
also recognizes its obligation to set forth a code of ethics under the
provisions of the General Municipal law.
The Board therefore adopts the following code of ethics and its
accompanying regulation for the guidance of its officers and employees.
Board members and their staff commit themselves to:
• ASSURING the opportunity for high quality education for every
student and making the well-being of students the fundamental
principle in a! decisions and actions
• REPRESENTING the entire community without fear or favor
• ACCEPTING all responsibilities as a means of
unselfish service, while not using their positions for personal gain
• ACTING as part of an educational team with mutual respect and
regard for each other’s respective responsibilities and duties
recognizing that the strength of a school board is in acting as a
board, not as individuals
• PRESERVING the obligation of having all issues considered
fairly and without bias
• UPHOLDING the principles of due process and
individual dignity, and protecting the civil and human rights of all
• MAINTAINING high standards and the effectiveness of education
through research and continuing professional development
• OBEYING all national, state and
local laws and regulations pertaining to education and public agencies
• INSTILLING respect for
community, state and nation.
Ref: General Municipal Law §806
Matter of Guilderland Central School District, 23 EDR 262
(1984) Matter of Murphy, 17 EDR 462
Adopted: July 1, 1999