Friday, October 12, 2012

North Tonawanda Superintendent Has No Comment On Teacher Convicted Of DWI

Superintendent 'mum' when asked about NTHS teacher Arthur J. Harack

North Tonawanda, NY - At a Public Session of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of the City of North Tonawanda School District held Thursday evening, School Superintendent Greg Woytila stated he was playing 'phone-tag' with an (unnamed) New York State Education Department investigator when asked if NYSED had completed its investigation [of Harack]. Woytila however had "no comment" when asked, Do you believe Mr. Harack's continued employment by the District is in the best interests of students, as well as the District?

Superintendent Woytila confirmed at last month's Board of Education meeting that a Moral Character complaint had been filed against Harack with NYSED. Harack was arrested on August 23, 2011, with a child in his vehicle and a blood alcohol content at 0.13%. He was charged under Leandra's Law on January 14, 2012. In August of 2012, Harack was allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated before Niagara County Supreme Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas. 

Under New York State Education law, School District Superintendents must file a report with the Department upon knowledge that a certificate holder has been convicted of a crime or has committed an act that raises a reasonable question about the individual's moral character.  Complaints received by the Department will be reviewed pursuant to Part 83 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to determine the appropriate action.

Harack was also arrested in June 2008 for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The disposition of that case is not known.

Updated: 10/12/2012 @1:30 PM

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