Hamburg School Board Considering Charging Member with Misconduct

HAMBURG, NY - The Hamburg school board will decide Wednesday night whether to charge one of its own members with misconduct.

Hamburg School Board meetings are never boring. The district has had its host of problems.

"Hamburg's got a big enough black eye for the antics that have gone on here for the last four years," says Hamburg School Board President Dave Yoviene.

Those problems have included a blog critical of the district, legal disputes and the resignation of its superintendent last year. They do not appear to be ending any time soon.

Wednesday, the board will consider charging one of its own with official misconduct.

"She gets very angry. She's very intimidating. Very disrespectful," says Yoviene of his colleague.

The "she" Yoviene is referring to is Catherine Schrauth Forcucci. They were elected to the board at the same time last year, and Yoviene says the problems with her behavior started right away.

"She thinks she was granted some kind of power as a board member to investigate other board members, teachers. You know, she is, she seems to have a separate agenda as the rest of us," he says.

Yoviene says the police have even gotten involved.

"She berated and verbally attacked the interim superintendent, Dr. Richard Jeter. Got in his face. Invaded his personal space. Refused to leave the district office when he requested she leave, and the police were called and she was removed. She admitted to police that she raised her voice and she ran from one floor to another," says Yoviene.

And, that's how the board president says it got to this point.

Wednesday, Schrauth Forcucci will participate in the executive session and public meeting where she could be charged with misconduct.

"I have tried. I have called her. I have gone to her house and met with her," says Yoviene.

We also tried calling and meeting with Schrauth Forcucci at her home to hear her side of the story, but were not successful.

"I throw my hands up, and now the fact that she has verbally abused and intimidated and been disrespectful to all of the staff members including myself, she's very disrespectful to me, we have no choice," he says.

If the board removes Schrauth Forcucci, it would appoint someone to serve the final two years of her term. She would also be allowed to appeal the decision to the State Education Department.


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