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Teacher transfer uproar continues in Guilderland

"In the past they have allowed for public discussion, they don't even follow their own precedent," said Grimm.

Grimm is also calling for the videotape of the first meeting, which "went black," after the crowd had begun to interfere with the meeting. Grimm said he has tried to obtain the footage, normally broadcast on public access channel 16, using a Freedom of Information Law request, and is waiting to hear back.

He also said a YouTube video put together by some students at the high school suggests the tape was destroyed, but there is no way of knowing if that claim is substantiated until his FOIL request is answered.

"Who gave the order to go black? If that tape was destroyed, there is going to be trouble," Grimm said.

Some spoke out against Superintendent John McGuire, and said he has a history of moving teachers against their will.

John McKenna spoke on behalf of his wife, who was moved by McGuire in the Bethlehem school district. He also cited a Greenwich football coach who was removed from his team by McGuire.

"Put the blame where it belongs. This man has a history," said McKenna.

A student joked they were going to have to sit under McGuire's car in order for anything to get done. McManus told him to "behave," pointing out that might be the last time she gets to teach to a high school student.

Others were more concerned with the lack of procedure for the transfer.

"There is a blatant disrespect for due process here. There is definitely a section for voluntary transfers. We have to have a real concern when there is a blatant disregard for contract language," said Mary Ellen Mallia, a former social studies teacher at the school.

One teacher, who asked not to be named, said she was appalled that the teachers union was not present at the meeting to address the issues facing the two teachers.

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