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Guilerland teacher to keep options open

Teacher Matt Nelligan, who is facing a transfer from Guilerland High School to Farnsworth Middle School because of a cultural climate inquiry conducted by the administration, said he has not made any decision about filing a lawsuit against them.

"I'm keeping my legal options open. I've been forced to hire an attorney," Nelligan said.

"Legal action has begun. He has hired an attorney," said Mark Grimm, who sits on the town board, and supports Nelligan and teacher Anne Marie McManus who also faces the transfer.

"We're going to start raising money. Whether or not they file suit is their business," said Grimm.

The administration made the decision to move Nelligan, but he said the Board of Education, the highest entity in the education hierarchy, should overrule the decision.

"The Board of Education has a responsibility to review that decision. They have the power to overrule the superintendent and they should.

"I would like to think they can be fairthey can look at the evidence."

A special meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, July 7 at Guilderland High School. The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. The board's website states, "the purpose of the meeting is a personnel issue, probable Executive Session pending Board action."

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