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Hamburg School Board member told to leave district office

Tumultuous times continue in the Hamburg Central School District, with police being called when a School Board member refused to leave the district office this week.

Board Member Catherine Schrauth Forcucci, who was elected to the board in May, visited the district office late Tuesday afternoon. She was attempting to “obtain expenditure reports” from Interim Superintendent Richard E. Jetter, according to a Hamburg Town Police report. Police were called at 5:23 p.m. Tuesday, and arrived at the administrative building on Abbott Road one minute later.

“No threats were made, and Schrauth Forcucci did admit to raising her voice and felt Jetter did not have the authority to ask her to leave the premises,” the report stated.

No charges were filed.

Schrauth Forcucci did not return telephone calls seeking comment, and Jetter said he could not talk about the incident.

“There is past tension between both parties and words were subsequently exchanged between the two,” according to the report, which noted that Schrauth Forcucci left the building at the police officer’s request.

Tensions have been running high in the district since before the campaign for School Board in May, in which Schrauth Forcucci and two other board members were elected. Former Superintendent Steven Achramovitch abruptly announced his retirement in June, then was put on administrative leave by the new board in the beginning of July. The board hired a new lawyer and discontinued a lawsuit filed against a teacher, former teacher and a board member, and Jetter was appointed interim superintendent.

Board meetings continued to have surprises, with one board member walking out of the board’s last regular meeting during discussion of Schrauth Forcucci’s motion to have the state audit the district’s books in light of large fees paid to the district’s former legal firm, Harris Beach.