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Former Clarkstown Superintendent Placed On Leave By Buffalo School

Dr. Margaret Keller-Cogan, who left the Clarkstown School District last June, has been put on leave from her position as head of the Elmwood Franklin School.

 

Dr. Margaret Keller-Cogan left behind a stormy relationship with the Clarkstown Board of Education when her contract as superintendent was not renewed in 2012.  After six years in Clarkstown, she accepted a position as the head of school for the Elmwood Franklin School, an independent school near Buffalo enrolling preschoolers through eighth graders. On Friday night, the school board sent a letter to parents notifying them that the board would be negotiating the terms of Keller-Cogan’s departure.

The letter stated, “Clearly we have difficult issues to address and your passionate and heartfelt comments are taken very seriously by all of the board members.”

An estimated 300 parents, faculty members, alumni and corporation members attended a meeting on Thursday night to discuss what was happening at the school.  Takeaways from the meeting can be read on the alumni Facebook page.

Within recent weeks, three staff members were terminated and the faculty had petitioned to join the New York State United Teachers union. The staff and faculty previously sent a May 7 letter to parents explaining why they were taking steps to form the Elmwood Franklin School Faculty and Staff Association. There were calls at the Thursday meeting for their reinstatement and a restructuring of the board.

Keller-Cogan is still listed on Elmwood Franklin’s web site as head of the school. A message was left requesting a statement from school officials; there is none on the school’s web site.

GWashington May 15, 2013 at 03:12 PM
The woman created havoc in this district. We are still suffering the consequences of her spend-thrift ways. She is a carpetbagger with no connections to the communities she torments. Vote NO on the Clarkstown School Budget, Tuesday May 21
Tony T May 22, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Hey, what happened to all of you Keller-Cogan supporters? Come out come out where ever your are!!
TaxpayinMF (Redux) May 23, 2013 at 07:50 AM
rumor has it that certain school board members are privately discussing bringing back Keller-Cogan. I hope there is no truth to this rumor, but I have very good sources. After all the damage and destruction she left in her wake, do we really need more of that? I am sure many of you have heard the same rumors.
Jonathan Swift May 23, 2013 at 09:15 AM
I, too, have heard these rumors. I hope it is so because I'd like to see MKC back & finally working with a fully functioning board (well, 6 out of 7 members).
TaxpayinMF (Redux) May 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM
@Town Board Observer, maybe you can FOIL minutes from executive committee meeting. I am told you are quite good at FOIL requests.

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