Board of Education statement

Board of Education statement on administrator
Board President Kevin Hutton offered the following statement at the beginning of the Sept. 8 meeting:

I want to share an update regarding Mr. Steven Lysenko. 

As you are probably are aware, the video involving Mr Lysenko and, its related disruption, has resulted in the decision to place him on administrative leave.

It is a personnel matter, because he is a tenured employee, NYS Education Law, mandates we proceed with the utmost confidentiality for the integrity of the ensuing investigation.

While we respect and value individuals’ rights to free speech and due process, we must understand there may be consequences when our conduct disrupts our educational environment and impairs our schools operation. 

The districts responsibility is to foster a safe environment for our learning community, the divisive impact of Mr Lysenko’s comments and its aftermath have compromised the districts ability to fulfill its mission. 

Our focus must remain on the well-being of our staff, students and learning community.