More than a week after town police released an audiotape on which a Cheektowaga Central High School teacher can be heard telling a jailed murder suspect the name of a student who allegedly “snitched” on him, the fate of that teacher – as well as two others – remained unresolved Tuesday.
“We are investigating; the board and the administration,” Cheektowaga Central School Board Trustee Renee M. Wilson said Tuesday night. “And, at some point, action may be taken.”
The School Board later met in a private executive session, identifying the subjects as a contract negotiation and personnel. During the two-hour session, raised voices could be heard, and random comments overheard by reporters waiting in the hall suggested the teachers were the topic.
Three teachers have been on paid suspension since August, when town police notified district officials about them having inappropriate contact with Dontre Jones, a former student who was behind bars, awaiting trial, for a May 31, 2011, shooting death in Cheektowaga Town Park.
Two of the teachers had spoken with Jones during phone calls he made to other students’ cellphones during school hours.
In one of the 10 calls recorded between March 2012 and April 2013, a teacher told Jones that another student might testify against him, and identified the potential witness by name.
Another teacher, who was working part-time as a deputy at the Erie County Holding Center, kept Jones informed about what was going on at school, according to audio released by police on Nov. 4.
Jones was convicted this past June of first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for that charge, as well as 15 years, to be served concurrently, for criminal possession of a weapon.