Friday: McQueer Out (Still) As Hammond Super

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Doug McQueer will not be returning to the job of Hammond school superintendent.

That's according to Doug McQueer.

After a Hammond school board meeting Thursday night that saw a show of public support for McQueer, the soon to be ex-superintendent said Friday that he will not be keeping his job.

McQueer was notified by the school board's president and vice president July 10 that he was fired, after a board meeting July 9. (See our earlier coverage here.)

Following Thursday's meeting, the school board said it would meet again next Wednesday, with McQueer. That gave rise to speculation the board's decision might not be final.

However, McQueer said that while he was gratified by the show of support at Thursday's meeting, next Wednesday's meeting will deal only with the terms of his separation from the district, including questions of whether he was given proper notice that he was being fired, and how retirement benefits will be handled.

Tim Pitcher, president of the school board, told 7 News the board hopes to come to an understanding with McQueer that's in the best interests of the school district, and best for everyone.

Pitcher also said the vote not to renew McQueer's contract, which he previously said was 7-0, was actually 6-0 with one board member abstaining.

Pitcher said the vote was not recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

McQueer's current contract with the school district expires next Wednesday.

Monday, December 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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