Hamburg, NY - A Hamburg School Board member faces official misconduct charges and could lose her seat on the board. Some board members say Catherine Schrauth Forcucci's loud outbursts have become a distraction at meetings.

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Hamburg, NY - A Hamburg School Board member faces official misconduct charges and could lose her seat on the board. Some board members say Catherine Schrauth Forcucci's loud outbursts have become a distraction at meetings.

It is a process that will play out behind closed doors and cost taxpayers thousands.

"She has not been setting a good example for our children," says Dan Chiacchia.

Chiacchia has four kids in Hamburg schools. While he thinks they are getting a great education, he says it could be even better if a certain school board member steps down.

"Having Catherine Forcucci off the board will really be a huge step in the right direction," he says.

Wednesday night, four of Catherine Schrauth Forcucci's colleagues voted to charge her with official misconduct. They will also determine her fate in an upcoming closed door hearing.

"We don't believe it's in the best interest of the district to have an open hearing," says attorney Andrew Freedman.

Freedman represents the district in this case.

While keeping the public out is legal, the proceedings won't necessarily remain a secret.

"This board member, who is the subject of the proceeding, has the right to be present, and there would be nothing that would be precluding her from disclosing what is said or heard during that closed session," says Committee on Open Government Executive Director Robert Freeman.

But speaking with Schrauth Forcucci has been a challenge so far. This week, we've tried talking with her twice. Thursday night we were told she wasn't home.

There is another way to find out what happens in the hearing. Freeman says anyone can get the hearing minutes by using the Freedom of Information Law. He also says the district will have to disclose its attorney fees.

Chiacchia thinks keeping the hearing closed might be a good thing.

"I have mixed feelings on it, but for the most part, I agree with it being private because what this group does, this group that Miss Forcucci is affiliated with, is they'll try to make a spectacle out of this thing," he says.

"Do you think there's a chance she could step down on her own and that could save taxpayers a lot of money?" asked Channel 2's Kelly Dudzik.

"She should step down, and if she did that, then it would go a long way in healing this community," says Chiacchia.

State law says Schrauth Forcucci will be served with a written copy of the misconduct charges at least ten days before the hearing. The hearing date is expected to be set at the next Hamburg School Board meeting.

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