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Statement from Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles

March 11, 2014—As you may have seen in today’s newspaper, a member of the Guilderland Teachers Association (GTA) is currently being investigated for actions related to missing union funds. GTA is the district’s largest employee bargaining group covering approximately 450 staff members including teachers, social workers, school counselors, psychologists, nurses, and others.

The district is aware of the situation and is monitoring it closely. However, it is important to note that no formal charges have been filed against the individual at this time. As such, the district will not release the individual’s name in order to allow for due process.

The district has been cooperating fully with the GTA, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) union and the Guilderland Police Department and will continue to do so as the investigation continues. Should criminal charges be filed against this individual in the days and weeks ahead, the district will respond accordingly. In the meantime, the individual has been reassigned to duties that can be completed at the district office.

It is also important to note that the individual being investigated has not been accused of stealing any funds from the school district; the issue is contained to the individual’s involvement with the GTA. This person did not have access to any district monies and was not responsible for any club/organization funds. In addition, the health and safety of our students was never at risk as a result of these accusations.

As parents/guardians, you can be assured that despite this unexpected development there will be no interruption in the delivery of educational services for your child.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office should you have any additional questions or concerns.