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School officials said Wednesday they were suspending the principal pending in an investigation into "serious allegations," we're sure sending alarm through many homes on the western side of town. But, predictably, no more information was forthcoming.
"It's a confidential personal matter," was all district spokeswoman Kim Eves would say.
In incidents regarding personnel matters, public officials are often limited in what they can say, at least without the person in question's permission.
But parents need to know what's going on here.
"Not knowing exactly what happened is kind of scary," the parent of a third-grader at the school told our reporter Hoa Nguyen. No arguments here.
There was speculation following the suspension that it stemmed from a complaint by a parent who had wanted to visit his child on the student's birthday. But suspending any educator, let alone a school principal, is a drastic act. Something more than telling a father he couldn't visit his kid had to have happened......But the central administration has to step up as well. Parents need to know what's going on. They are understandably frustrated. And if the rumor mill is allowed to reach high gear, it will only make the situation worse for everyone.
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"Parents are not permitted into the classroom for birthday celebrations in order to minimize distraction," the section read.
The "Birthday Celebra-tions" section was absent from a handbook the school had issued parents at the start of the year, according to Carbino. Finding the discrepancy, he said he believed D'Amico added the section to make up for a policy that didn't exist.
"It takes it into a whole new level," Carbino said. "To do this is very devious to me."....
...But Carbino disputes whether the practice existed in the first place, saying parents regularly delivered cupcakes to classrooms, even in the presence of D'Amico.
"He stopped in at my daughter Ryan's birthday party," Carbino said of his daughter in the first grade....
...D'Amico, who has been asked to refrain from speaking to parents and others on the matter, expects to meet with Sternberg on Monday to discuss the situation, Gesmonde said. Assuming that the principal did something wrong, an apology may be in order, Gesmonde said.
"Between an apology and termination, I think probably listening to the parent, maybe communicating to the parent could have been clearer and that may be the basis for an apology," Gesmonde said.Update:
The Blogger's have allowed cupcakes to get in the way of the facts.
I've read these comments and find some people to be clueless.
Does anyone think Principal D'amico was really suspended over cupcakes?
I hope not!
Looks like the principal D'amico got caught trying to cover up his poor judgement. How can anyone respect a principal who would lie to a parent and then try covering up the incident by changing a school document?
If this happened to any other Glenville parent they would also be upset.
Since these out of town bloggers don't get it, I am going to have to scream out a response.
SHOULD PRINCIPAL D'AMICO FOLLOW HIS LAWYERS ADVISE AND QUICKLY ADMIT THAT HE MADE A MISTAKE AND APOLOGIZE TO MR. CARBINO - YES.,
THEN A GLENVILLE FIRST GRADER MIGHT SAY, "IF I MAKE A MISTAKE I AM GOING TO BE LIKE MR. D'AMICO AND APOLOGIZE.'