Hamburg school board could hold hearing, go to State Ed over Jetter’s future - The Buffalo News
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Hamburg school board could hold hearing, go to State Ed over Jetter’s future

If the Hamburg Board of Education moves to fire Superintendent Richard Jetter, it would have to conduct a hearing into any allegations of wrongdoing.

Jetter’s contract with the district entitles him to proceedings before an independent hearing officer in which the superintendent can present witnesses and a defense if the Board of Education seeks to terminate his contract because of inappropriate conduct.

The board and the superintendent could also come to a mutual agreement to terminate his five-year contract with the district immediately.

Jetter, 39, who was given a five-year contract to run the district in March, was placed on administrative leave this morning following an announcement Tuesday that he was under police investigation.

Under the terms of his contract, the district is required to give Jetter 60 days notice of a hearing to terminate his contract for “cause” – which could include “neglect by the superintendent of his duties and responsibilities, incompetence, insubordination, inefficiency” or “the commission of immoral acts.”

The hearing officer would make the final determination of whether Jetter would be fired, according to the contract.

Jetter would be entitled to continue to receive his $164,000 salary and benefits while the hearing was pending.

While decisions regarding Jetter’s employment with the district are the responsibility of the local Board of Education, board members may also file a complaint with the state Department of Education if they have information that a certified educator has been “convicted of a crime or committed an act that raises a serious question as to his or to her moral character.”

Those complaints are investigated by the state Education Department and could result in a hearing to determine if an educator’s certification should be revoked or whether other disciplinary action, ranging from fines to suspension, would be taken.

State disciplinary action against a certified educator for conduct that raises questions of moral character generally commences only after local disciplinary action has concluded, according to Department of Education spokesman Jonathan Burman.


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