March 11, 2009

Allegations Levied Against NW Super

We did a piece on Niagara-Wheatfield School District Superintendent Carl Militello on June 25, 2008 detailing the the controversial circumstances under which he left the Carthage School District, his previous stop before arriving at NW. It now appears that Mr. Militello's controversy extends far beyond the public relations debacles he encountered at Carthage.

According to a report from Watertown's WWNY, Militello was accused Monday of trying to buy an employee's loyalty with a deal for health care and retirement.

In a news release from the School Administrators Association of New York State, the Carthage School Administrators Association is challenging in court the conduct of the school district and its former school superintendent, Militello, who the association believes negotiated special deals with individual members in return for their support of his agenda.

The full piece from WWNY appears here.

We had our doubts about Miltello when the district announced his hiring, apparently rightly so, because of the cloud surrounding him upon his departure from Carthage. While this situation likely has a long way to go before a resolution to these allegations is handed down, it is imperative that the Niagara-Wheatfield board closely monitor this situation and its potential impact on the students, faculty, taxpayers and their own reputations.

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