Unrest Erupts Over Clifton-Fine Staffing Decisions

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Unrest. That's what described the scene at Clifton-Fine Central board of education meeting Monday night.


Some students are protesting the board's decision to terminate the contract of interim principal Brian Buchanan.


Students and teachers wore black and red armbands last Friday to support Buchanan.


That support is ruffling some feathers.


"It's being discussed in school," said school board president Michelle Durham, "we don't feel it should be discussed in school."


"There are just some discussions that are happening that shouldn't be happening in school and I just don't agree with that," she said.


The board has also terminated the contract of the interim superintendent Sue Sheen.


She will go back to her original position as principal and replace Buchanan.


Regina Yeo is replacing her as superintendent.


Sheen was interested in the superintendent's position, but board members say they couldn't bring her permanently because of one unspecified term.


"I can say that there was one term of the contract that could not be agreed upon," said Jeremy Thompson, a member of the school board.


Buchanan, meanwhile, was reviewed for a physical confrontation he had with a student that was caught on camera.


Board members wouldn't comment, but Buchanan says he handled the situation appropriately.


Buchanan has a new job. He will be an elementary principal in the Oneida City School district.


Also at Monday's meeting, board member Jeremy Thompson asked for the resignation of fellow board member Mary Fraser's because of a so-called threatening email to a staff member.


Frazier did not resign and there was a heated back-and-forth discussion between her and Thompson.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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