Parents, Teachers Support Hammond's McQueer

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Is it job performance -- or is it personal?

That's the question many parents and staff at Hammond Central School want answers to after Superintendent Doug McQueer was fired unexpectedly earlier this month.

Answers didn't come at a special school board meeting Wednesday night, where members remained tight-lipped about the whole thing.

All they would say is they've finalized a separation agreement with McQueer.

"We just didn't see eye to eye on some issues and there were some things that were going on," said school board president Tim Pitcher. "It was time to part ways."

But it's not that simple. Rumor has it, years of personal differences with some members of the board led to McQueer's resignation -- which he didn't even have a say in.

"I'm going to miss it," McQueer said. "It's home. But, you know, we have to move on some days whether we like it or not sometimes."

But that's hard to swallow for many parents and faculty who say McQueer is the best thing to happen to the school in years.

"You have a local guy that worked here, that's been here," said parent Scott Kron. "He's been a teacher, he's been a coach. And what's the big deal? Leave him alone as long as he's doing his job."

"He cares about the community, he cares about his job, he cares about the students, he cares about the teachers," said former teacher Doug Delosh. "And I just think this is a travesty."

McQueer isn't leaving just yet. He'll remain superintendent until October 1, giving the school board time to find a replacement -- one they hope everyone will be happy with.
Friday, October 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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