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They are also asking for the resignation of Superintendent John McGuire and a written plan of action to prevent situations like the transfer of the teachers from occurring again.

Sharma, now a paying member of the Parent Teacher Student Association, said United for McManus and Nelligan is going to support candidates for May's school board election if they support those stipulations.

He also said he is going to be sending a letter to the president of the Guilderland teachers union, Maceo DuBois, inviting him to discuss ways the union can use its influence.

Nelligan issued a statement Wednesday, Sept. 10, regarding his decision to leave the school district.

"While the decision has been difficult, I look back on my 10 years working for the students and parents of the Guilderland School District as rewarding and fulfilling. I am so proud of all of my former students, who have grown into caring, intelligent and civic-minded young adults," Nelligan said. "I will always be humbled by the fact that I played even a small role in helping them to form their views and opinions and to achieve their goals. I have no regrets, and leave with fond memories of teaching and learning and knowing that I have always acted honorably and in the best interest of our community."

Town Councilman Mark Grimm said the school board should be held responsible for Nelligan stepping down.

"They need to be held accountable for whatever happens," he said. "It's a self-inflicted wound."

Grimm went on to point out that the issue is bigger than just this particular case.

"This idea is beyond Matt Nelligan. We have to make sure this type of political retaliation never happens again," he added.

Amy Zurlo, communication specialist for the district, said a certified long-term substitute will be filling in for Nelligan.

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