Wayne Central School District Superintendent to take "leave of absence"

Updated: 05/28/2014 6:22 AM
Created: 05/27/2014 11:29 PM WHEC.com

It has been a turbulent year in the Wayne Central School District. A bus driver was accused of being drunk and driving students around town, a teacher charged with DWI and now officials say the superintendent will no longer lead the district.

“Since it’s our superintendent, I’d like to know what’s going on. We don’t really know anything and the teachers don’t say anything,” said Mikayla Burmeister, a student.

Students, parents and even some staff members want answers. They want to know the status of School Superintendent Renee Garrett. A resolution stating Garrett will be “temporarily unable to carry out her duties as superintendent,” and a brief statement from the board president stating that she would be on a personal leave of absence were the only details that were released.

“We understand this is a personal issue, but rumors run, and people are going to start making things up. It would be nice to know what’s true and what’s not true instead of spreading false information,” said Tina Burmeister, a parent.

Tina Burmeister and her daughter Mikayla, a ninth grader, say the community deserves answers especially considering how volatile this school year has been.

“I think our town has basically had enough of what’s going on,” said Burnmeister.

This school year a district teacher was arrested for DWI and a bus driver was arrested for DUAI after being pulled off her bus. Scores of people were upset over the district’s refusal to let an ill student, who had missed a lot of school, attend the prom, and then there was the recent state controllers report that found the district overtaxed residents and put that money in a reserve account instead of the district coffers.

Matt Nowak says a recent school board election shows it’s time for change.

“I think our district spoke and decided, like when we announce the new board members, that we are ready for change,” said Nowak.

Officials say Garrett is on a paid leave indefinitely.

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