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Policy 1440


The Board of Education, recognizing the complexity of school operations, understands that complaints about employees are inevitable. The intent of this policy is to maintain dialogue among residents, the Board and the administration while, at the same time, safeguarding employees from unfair criticism.

The Board believes that complaints and grievances are best handled and resolved as close to their origin as possible and that the staff should be given every opportunity to consider issues and attempt to resolve problems prior to Board involvement. Therefore, the proper channeling of complaints will be as follows:

  1. Teacher, (click here for email directory)
  2. Principal, or immediate supervisor, (P.J. Gelinas contact)
  3. Superintendent of Schools, or his/her designee, and (Click here for email address)
  4. Board of Education. (Click here for email address)

Exceptions will be made only when complaints concern Board action or Board operations. In addition, the Board will not act on complaints that have not been explored at the appropriate level.

At all levels of possible resolution, the individual employee shall be advised of the nature of the complaint. The employee shall be given every opportunity to respond, explain, and comment upon the facts at issue. Only facts directly related to the situation will be admissible in any hearing. Hearsay and rumor shall not be admissible.


Cross-ref: 1400, Public Complaints

Ref: Education Law §3012; 3020-a
Civil Service Law §75
Public Officers Law §100(1)(f)
8 NYCRR Part 84
Article 16, TVTA Contract

Adoption date: December, 1991

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