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Wynantskill superintendent under fire

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Some parents, teachers and the Wynantskill Teachers Association are calling on the Board of Education to fire their superintendent. This comes after allegations that the school leader is bullying teachers. Our Erin Vannella has more on the controversy.

WYNANTSKILL, N.Y. -- One board member confessed this issue has consumed and threatened the Wynantskill School District. But the public meeting progressed as a bout of finger pointing and disappointment on both sides of the table.

June 20th, the Wynantskill Teachers Association voted 28 to one , favoring a "no confidence" resolution against school superintendent Dr. Lisa Henkel. In Thursday's meeting, they explained why.

"I think that she's untrustworthy," said parent Amanda Strock.

"I have a petition of 300 people in the neighborhood right here that have questions and not being able to get answers to those questions is kind of disturbing," said parent Chris Vejvoda.

"They didn't speak to one teacher, one parent, not one community member and yet they summarily dismissed 28 of our most respected educators in our school as a parent and I'm not okay with that," said parent Michelle Marte.

But board members say they couldn't find support for the allegations and were disappointed in a lack of communication prior to receiving the resolution.

"Over the past few months, not a single teacher approached a board member. The suggestion that people don't know how to reach us is shocking given the small size of our community and the fact that our numbers are easily found in the telephone book or online," said school board president Angela Paone.

Teachers said this was their last resort.

"We took many steps to try to avert this action, but we felt our hands were tied and had no choice," said teacher Lisa Hancock.

Dr. Henkel, who says she talked to parents and admitted adjusting to change in schools is hard, is disappointed this issue removes the focus from the students.

"Obviously I am deeply saddened by the faculty vote. I am strongly committed and willing to devote my time, talent and experience to developing a strong administration and faculty relationship that's built on the foundation of commitment to higher achievement and mutual professional courtesy and trust," said Wynanskill Superintendent Lisa Henkel. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP