Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Board of Education: Statement Posted 07/30/13

Board of Education to Hire Consultants to Examine Questions Raised by Community

At a special meeting on Monday, July 29 at 6:00 p.m., the Wynantskill Union Free School District Board of Education hired two consultants who will provide an independent review of concerns voiced by the teachers’ union and community members.
“Our teachers’ union and parents have raised many questions about our school,” said Board of Education President Andrea Paone. “In order to provide answers to their questions, the Board believes we need outside consultants to provide independent reviews of the school’s human resources and educational programs.”
The Board contacted educational organizations seeking the names of qualified and experienced consultants—one to examine the district’s Human Resources practices and the other the Special Education and Response to Intervention programs.
The consultants will start this summer with work to be completed as soon as possible. Based on the findings, the Board would decide what further actions to take. Ms. Paone asked for the community’s patience while the district undertakes this process.
“We want to be objective and focus only on the facts,” said Ms. Paone. “Studies led by anyone within our district, even us as Board members, might not appear impartial. We want this to be completely aboveboard and unbiased.”
The Human Resources Study will include interviews of community members, teachers, staff, Board members and administrators. The consultant will introduce the process at the district’s regular August 15 board meeting and provide updates at subsequent public board meetings.
The Special Education and Response to Intervention study will review those programs and analyze Individualized Education Plan documentation. Consultants will also report on compliance with regulations and offer recommendations to improve the programs.
“Our hope is that these studies will answer the questions and help us continue to improve education for our Wynantskill students,” said Ms. Paone. Posted 7/30/13.

07/29/13 Media Coverage.

The number one question: Why is Dr. Lisa Henkel not being placed on paid leave WHILE this investigation is taking place?
The WTA president, Matt Lutz, handed over a 63 page document last night, to the Wynantskill Board of Education, "containing teachers' complaints against the administration and the superintendent that go back a year and a half." Some of these Board members have read some of these allegations before, in draft form, when the teachers and the BOE met to discuss the No Confidence Vote after it had been released. It doesn't seem just that she is permitted to stay and work while these allegations against her from the teachers and also from the parents are being investigated.

Hired by the Board:
Consultants: Who are they?