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No class for V'ville teacher

Following a 60-day suspension handed down by the Voorheesville school district for charges of misconduct, high school physical education teacher Robert Crandall will resume work with the district at the end of January, but not in a classroom capacity.

Crandall, 54, was suspended for four charges of misconduct, insubordination and conduct unbecoming a teacher that occurred in the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 school years. Crandall's suspension began on Oct. 21 and came after a recommendation by an objective hearing officer in the case. Crandall has been with the district since 1978.

According to Superintendent Linda Langevin, after his return Crandall will be placed in a temporary appointment until the conclusion of this school year. Crandall will be designated to write curriculum for the district's PE programs.

Crandall will be appointed to complete the district's kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum for PE and to complete a PE curriculum for students with special needs. Both tasks are in line with the district's recent institution of curriculum mapping.

Langevin said she estimated the 80 percent of the calls that came into her office regarding the matter were in favor of not returning Crandall to the classroom.

According to Langevin, the idea to place Crandall in the temporary position and effectively keep him out of the classroom was discussed in a private meeting with the school board on Nov. 13. Additionally, Langevin said the issued was brought to the attention of the physical education department and the teachers union.

We support her moving forward, said school board president David Gibson.

Assignment of teachers' duties does not require a resolution by the board, and is left up to administration. Gibson said as representatives of the community, the board provided input about the decision.

"It's a matter in which the board has been listening to the community," Gibson said.

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