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Cassadaga Valley: Reaping reward from scandal

November 18, 2013

What happened last week in the Cassadaga Valley Central School District is surreal. Two educators placed in charge of overseeing teachers and students are either out or on leave....

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Clowns

Nov-18-13 4:51 AM

They should have been fired on the spot. What a joke.

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Christopher

Nov-18-13 6:06 AM

Heck of a statement since nobody actually knows what happened, who did what to whom, what actual proof was to be had, nothing. I hope if I ever get in legal trouble that nobody writing editorials for The Observer is on the jury.

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concerned

Nov-18-13 7:32 AM

Gee paul do you think the man would resign if he was not guilty?

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notalways

Nov-18-13 7:36 AM

Lets just remember these are management positions. If they were the aides, cleaners, secretaries, etc. they would have been fired and the story would be told.

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DKexpat

Nov-18-13 8:01 AM

Agree with the article and agree the school board acted as best and as quickly as it could. This is just another example of the litigious world we live in: “We’ll pay you hush money if you don’t sue us for wrongful termination.”

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Dcronlg

Nov-18-13 8:16 AM

The clueless church lady gaggle OBSERVER board -- despite being supposedly pro-business -- is waaay out-of-touch with executive management employment, whether private or public sector.

Senior school managers are professionally educated and trained executives -- their responsibilities are absolutely no different than a private sector counterpart: they have multimillion dollars budgets, large staffs, facilities & logistics operational management, thousands of customers, producing product, etc, etc.

Private sector senior managers get severance packages, and usually in similar to CVCS' situation, director boards often prudently provide severance packages to avoid almost-certain much more expensive and protracted resource-depleting litigation.

But doing some research and correcting a self-induced cranial rectal inversion before they write a thing doesn't seem to be within the ability or willingness of the gaggle.

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DKexpat

Nov-18-13 8:22 AM

Actually, Dc, in private industry - and I've worked for several Fortune 50 companies - if you're terminated for cause for - oh, let's say - a morals issue - you're escorted out the door by security and your personal effects are mailed to you.

There's no "kiss on the cheek" for something like that...

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DarkStar

Nov-18-13 8:31 AM

DKexpat,

Don't confuse DC by posting facts, they conflict that might conflict with his pro government and anti business rants as it will only annoy him.

Your right of course, but that will just make him rant all the more.

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MrBear

Nov-18-13 9:38 AM

School Board did a good job? Please. They let Smith run rampant in that District for a couple years, and then when something came up that might bite them too they tucked and ran. Notalways is dead on with his/her post.

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Marcia

Nov-18-13 9:43 AM

I guess innocent until proven guilty is just an old fashioned quaint concept around here. Bring out the pitchforks folks.

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225522

Nov-18-13 9:48 AM

Gives new meaning to staying after school. We will do this over and over til you get it right. Clapping erasers? Anatomey class? Homework assignments galore.

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Captain

Nov-18-13 10:24 AM

Just the threat of a lengthy lawsuit by the accused will cause most BOEs to reluctantly agree to a buyout, and EVERYONE knows this is how the game is played if/when school employees are ever caught committing a terminable offense. Any evidence in this case doesn't appear to favor the accused, otherwise, it stands to reason they would NOT have taken the money and run. Of course, taxpayers are forced to pay the separation costs for those who MAY actually be guilty of such charges.

Maybe if an atty filed a class action suit on behalf of property owners to recover this money, BOEs may not be so quick to "reward" people who may otherwise be found guilty, thereby putting an end to this "game."

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Christopher

Nov-18-13 11:18 AM

I would like to disagree on comparisons with private industry. I've seen dozens and dozens of cases with HUGE buyouts for various inadequate and morally deficient CEO's.

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commentor

Nov-18-13 11:38 AM

I don't think you can call DiDomenico's a severance pkg. She is indefinite paid leave. Bottom line it's taxpayer's money and taxpayer's should know the full story.

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localresident

Nov-18-13 11:57 AM

Let the superintendent go, same with replace the principal with someone else (hopefully a school that smal only has one principal), and begin the process of regionalizing the county into a single-superintendent system, one school scandal at a time. If this was started a couple years ago, we'd already have 3 or 4 schools converted over by now. Too bad it can't be done that way, because it's about the only way it will happen.

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MrPinecone

Nov-18-13 12:14 PM

Christopher said:***I would like to disagree on comparisons with private industry. I've seen dozens and dozens of cases with HUGE buyouts for various inadequate and morally deficient CEO's.*** I doubt that the private sector comparison means highly paid CEOs and HUGE payouts with golden parachutes. This is a wee bitty rural school district; a more appropriate comparison would be small businesses like mine and I can tell you, having been in business for over 30 years that the editors, love em or hate em, got it right this time. The public sector, or more precisely, NYS public schools (their unions), make it way too hard and way too expensive to terminate incompetents and miscreants.

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Christopher

Nov-18-13 12:41 PM

Again, everyone is basing their opinions on ASSUMPTIONS as to exactly what went on. I have no idea exactly what went on.

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bulldog10

Nov-18-13 12:46 PM

People at the school know what was going on, not much different then trying to figure out what happened with the Clymer superintendent and his killer. Was a trial really needed in that case. Where there is smoke there is usually fire. If the CV superintendent quit on his own there was smoke and fire there. The people deserve to know. 1st reason is because the taxpayers flip the bill on this crap and the 2nd reason is because you need to let people know if you pull this crap your name will be known and to deter this type behavior. This guy should never have another government job.

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bulldog10

Nov-18-13 12:49 PM

Christopher, did you know what went on with the Clymer superintendent prior to the trial? Did you know anymore after the trial then you did before? Not really. A lot of these cases are not that difficult to figure out. With your type opinion no one gets convicted except Zimmerman.

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bulldog10

Nov-18-13 12:50 PM

I wish Christopher had kept an open mind when it came to the Zimmerman case. He had it figured out before the trial.

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DKexpat

Nov-18-13 12:50 PM

I guess this incident gives new meaning to "consolidation," huh? :-)

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bulldog10

Nov-18-13 12:59 PM

I am sure there was a lot getting done at the school with those two working there. Does anyone know what kind of working environment that leads to. A total break down, that is what occurs. Oh and you have people that will make all kinds of excuses for the crap. A job is a place to work, leave your problems at the front door and do your job. This goes on far to much both in the private and public job places. The CV school district should sue both the superintendent and the principal for failing to perform their duties and for behavior unbecoming a professional.

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DarkStar

Nov-18-13 1:21 PM

"Again, everyone is basing their opinions on ASSUMPTIONS as to exactly what went on. I have no idea exactly what went on."

I agree completely, BUT I would take it one step further and say that the taxpayer, who the BOE put on the hook for these funds, should have the right to know the specifics on what caused this situation and why this solution was chosen.

Now this isn't to say they need, or should be given all the dirty details, but summary of the entire case is warranted.

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Christopher

Nov-18-13 1:21 PM

Nice to hear from you, John.

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Christopher

Nov-18-13 1:23 PM

Still throwing rocks from behind the bushes, John?

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