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Union members: North Colonie district officials tight-lipped about personnel matter

Superintendent of Schools Randy Ehrenberg said that the board still ended up waiting 30 minutes for Mancuso, whom Ehrenberg said was planning to speak around 7:30 p.m., to arrive and speak, and once arrived, had said what she had to say. According to Ehrenberg, no other union members stood during the visitors statements to speak their minds.

But at 8 p.m., outside the Goodrich School and district office, Mancuso was one of several CSEA union members who sought answers from the district.

CSEA Labor Relations Specialist Linda Mosher, a representative assigned to the North Colonie School District, said, "The school district has not seen fit to share with CSEA the details or conditions of Mr.Bonk's return to work. CSEA is filing a FOIL [Freedom of Information Law] request with the district seeking details of the settlement agreement. Bargaining unit members are reluctant to speak to the media for fear of retaliation."

Ehrenberg said she did not understand why any union member would fear retaliation from the district, stating firmly that, "The North Colonie School District is not a place that believes in retaliation."

The employee, Tim Bonk, is said, by Mancuso, to be reinstated to his position as director of facilities on July 28.

Gregg Johnson, an attorney with Girvin and Ferlazzo, PC, who has been offering legal counsel to the district,

said the district has delt with the matter as a personnel issue after completing an investigation of Mr.Bonk, as well as another employee, Chris Demetreus, the former Director of Custodial Services, who has since resigned from his position. The investigation was completed earlier this month. The Board of Education unanimously passed resolutions both accepting the resignation of Demetreus and the reinstatement of Bonk at its last regular School Board meeting on Monday, June 16.

Ehrenberg would not discuss details of the complaints filed against Bonk, nor his reinstatement, as she said the district is not allowed to discuss personnel matters to the public.

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