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Parents want answers at Rochester City School Board meeting

Posted at: 01/24/2013 10:45 PM
Updated at: 01/24/2013 11:39 PM
By: Don Hudson

Parents pounded the Rochester Education Board tonight. And their comments all surrounds the lack of notification after police say a teacher was arrested and changed with having sexual conduct with a student. 

The case surrounds teacher Matthew Lomaglio who worked at school number 19 and 54. Lomaglio was charged with sexual conduct with a student from the 2006-2007 school year, but was arrested just a few weeks ago.
 
The parents, who attended the policy meeting Thursday night say they want the Rochester Board of Education to put a notification policy in place so they know when a teacher is charged with criminal activity.

Howard Eagle addressed the board saying "anytime any RCSD employee is removed from the classroom or school building for an act that rises to criminal behavior, parents must be notified within 24 hours or less. Straight forward. Nothing to debate or research."

And they asked the board members to quickly write a simple policy that will help protect their children. Cynthia Middleton told News10NBC it needs to happen immediately. "We're talking about lives and scars that will be on our children the rest of our lives. We want it right now."

But school board spokesman Chip Partner says it is not that easy. "I talked to the parents out in the hallway. They left not knowing what is going to happen. Can you clarify that? There can't be one ironclad policy that applies to every situation."

We also wanted clarification about who really is in charge of notifying parents when a teacher in Rochester is arrested and removed from school.

"We were told it was up to principals. Then we were told it was not up to principals. Now we have this letter to school 54 signed by principals. Who really is supposed to notify? The notification comes from through the principals office. The superintendent sets the policy and he can mandate that a letter go home," said Partner.

The parents tell me they hope the board will come up with and approve a notification policy at their meeting on February 24th.