Principal Gets Over Half A Million During Paid Leave In New York

Principal Gets Over Half A Million During Paid Leave In New York

( – The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everyday life for Americans since early 2020. For example, supply chains continue experiencing backlogs due to worker shortages. Similarly, several of the nation’s criminal and civil courts are working to catch up on cases. However, the coronavirus doesn’t account for the astonishing amount of money collected by a New York principal on paid administrative leave for nearly four-and-a-half years.

On Monday, October 1, The Buffalo News reported on the ongoing case of a local public school principal suspended with pay in 2017. McKinley High School Principal Crystal Boling-Barton filed a petition to return to her job in January 2018. School officials responded by advising the court it was investigating her for alleged misuse of school funds. The court declined to order her return.

Then, in December 2019, nearly two years later, officials at the Buffalo Public School District BPSD initiated proceedings to terminate Boling-Barton’s employment. But, according to them, the effort all but ground to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the meantime, Boling-Barton received roughly $606,000 in compensation during her years-long suspension. BPSD spokesperson Elena Cala readily conceded the drawn-out case has led to the “financial detriment of the [school] district” but claimed it remains unable to speed things up.

BPSD officials and Boling-Barton had a conference scheduled in December, but the arbitrator recently backed out of the case, and the two sides haven’t agreed on a replacement yet.

Buffalo students started returning to classrooms for in-person learning on February 1, 2021. Why do you think they haven’t managed to hold a single hearing regarding Boling-Barton’s suspension more than nine months later?

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