WYNANTSKILL, N.Y. – Parents and teachers in Wynantskill who had earlier attempted to force their superintendent out of the district and demanded the Board of Education get involved saw those requests met at Monday night's special meeting, where the board voted quickly and unanimously to hire two independent consultants to tackle their concerns.
The consultants will look into human resource complaints, as well as special education and the district's response to intervention.
Dr. Lisa Henkel, Superintendent of the Wynantskill Union Free School District, said she supported their inquiries into such matters and would be sure to make any records or insights needed to do so available.
"I look forward to working with them," Henkel said.
The decision came after a No Confidence Vote made earlier this month, when teachers expressed their beliefs that she was unfit for the position. Parents appeared to agree for the most part, having delivered a petition with more than 400 signatures asking that she be terminated.
The decision to hire the independent consultants, who will be instructed to provide updates throughout their process, was also backed by the support of the teachers union. Matt Lutz, Teachers Union President, said he believed the review would lead to action at one point or another.
"This acknowledges that the board is listening to the teachers and hopefully, we'll have a positive resolution put in place for September," said Lutz. "I am pleading to the board to have a solution put in place by September because the children are the ones who are going to be affected."
Andrea Paone, Board of Education President, said that having a decision that quickly would be unlikely. She also said that the board would likely stick with Henkel, at least until September.
"She is our superintendent and these studies probably will not be totally ready until after we start school," Paone said.
In the hiring of theses independent consultants, the district could spend up to $12,500.