The following is a response to J.D. Piro’s column published in the Lewisboro Ledger on Jan. 10.
Board of Education President Mark Lipton has stated that the Board was already aware of the allegations of bullying, violations of state law, sexual harassment, lack of leadership, etc. raised by the Katonah-Lewisboro District Teachers Association (KLDTA). That raises the question: what else in Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Kruetzer’s past is the Board aware of that they are not sharing with the public?
In explaining his whereabouts during the Nor’easter, Dr. Kreutzer demonstrated that “the truth” may vary depending on who he is talking to. The Board has said it knows this. The Freedom of Information Law request for Dr. Kreutzer’s employment history, résumé, and job application is an attempt to verify that his version of the truth of his professional past is consistent with the facts.
Since Mr. Lipton has stated that the Board was aware of the allegations brought by the Association it is fair to ask, when did they know about them? The request for copies of communications between the Board and the search firm that helped select Dr. Kreutzer (the same firm the Board has been hired to find the new John Jay High School principal) may help to answer that question.
Copies of communications between the Board and their public relations firm (Syntax) may help the public better understand the Board’s response to each allegation of bullying, each allegation of violations of state law, each allegation of sexual harassment, the charge of lack of leadership, etc. Specifically, did Syntax give the Board advice as to how to spin these charges and allegations into something more benign?
Dr. Kreutzer receives around $300,000 a year in total compensation from the Board. Add to that the cost of PR services, $50,000 to settle the former human resource director’s claim, the costs associated with replacing the JJHS principal, accumulating legal fees, and all the other yet to be revealed expenses associated with his brief time at the helm and you have a tidy sum.
The community has a right to know what the Board has done to protect its “investment” and what it has gotten for its money.
The Executive Board of the Katonah Lewisboro District Teachers Association