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Attorney seeks revocation of Hamburg school chief’s certification

The attorney for Hamburg School Board Member Catherine Schrauth Forcucci has filed a complaint with the state Education Department, seeking the revocation of Superintendent Richard E. Jetter’s state certification.

Jetter was charged with falsely reporting an incident to police, claiming that vandals damaged his car in a school parking lot. He later admitted to police that he caused the damage when he struck a utility pole in Buffalo.

Attorney Margaret Murphy also sent a letter to Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita, informing him that she had filed a complaint with the state Education Department and noting Jetter could surrender his certification for teaching and administration in order to bring closure to the district,

“For him to walk into another school district is sending the wrong message,” she said today.

Jetter is scheduled to appear in Hamburg Village Court Aug. 27.

One of the requirements of Jetter’s employment with the Hamburg Central School District is that he possess a valid New York State administrator’s certificate. He was placed on a paid leave of absence last month, and the district is seeking his resignation.

The state complaint, known as a “Part 83,” is part of the state’s moral character disciplinary procedures, and could result in the revocation or suspension of certification, a fine or a requirement of continued education or training, according to state Education Department spokesman Jonathan Burman.

But it usually takes months, if not years, for the state education commissioner to issue a decision on a Part 83 petition. The resolution of any criminal charges against Jetter would not be expected to take as long.

Under state law, the board and the superintendent of Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services are to refer to the state any information that a superintendent “has been convicted of a crime, or has committed an act which raises a reasonable question as to the individual’s moral character.”

Erie 1 BOCES and the district are looking into the requirements that they must file a Part 83 complaint.

The School Board has charged Forcucci with official misconduct and the hearing on the charges continues Thursday evening. Jetter was the main witness against Forucci, who could be removed from the board at the end of the hearing.