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December 05, 2016
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Superintendent questioned; Lawsuits on embezzlement and bullying

Resident Joanne Boehm raised questions about two lawsuits.

Dufour’s reply was to say he can’t discuss anything more than what he’d already said, continuing that he was not opposed to seeking restitution from the family regarding any cost incurred by the district, ending with, “That’s how confident I’m in our position.”

Boehm repeated her concern over the impact of the bullying lawsuit on the school district. “It’s just a lot of talk out there that it’s going to devastate the school district.”

“We are heavily insured for all types of issues, that’s why we carry insurance. Our insurance company is not going to just settle, I can tell you that.” But when Boehm pressed for the worst-case scenario, Dufour affirmed that the school insurance would pay—not the taxpayer, which was Boehm’s concern.

Dufour continued, “It will come from our insurance. But I have no concerns over this matter. As a governmental agency, we are heavily insured. This isn’t going to close us down, this is not going to bankrupt us. This is more a nuisance than anything else. It’s not going to stop us.”

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) was signed into law on September 13, 2010. It outlines strict guidelines for school reporting, education and prevention of bullying in schools. According to www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/, under the Dignity Act, schools will be responsible for collecting and reporting data regarding material incidents of discrimination and harassment.