Fired Hanover Area administrator files suit

By Mark Guydish - [email protected]
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A former Hanover Area administrator has filed paperwork in Luzerne County Court and with the state Department of Education contending he was illegally terminated.

Steven Greenfield, who was working as the director of pupil services, argues the school board eliminated his position in June purportedly for economic reasons but without due process.

Specifically, he contends that eliminating the post for economic reasons meant that, by law, the district had to “adopt a resolution of its intention to furlough 60 days prior to the final passage of its budget, which it did not do.” The paperwork says he was notified by letter from solicitor John Dean dated June 22. State law requires school districts to pass a final budget by June 30.

Greenfield also claims the district was required to hold a public meeting and provide:

• The reasons the furloughs are necessary.

• The total cost savings of the furloughs.

• The number and percent of educators and administrators to be furloughed and the impact on academic programs.

• Projected expenditures for the following years with and without the furloughs.

• Projected revenues for the next fiscal year.

“The district took none of the above described steps,” according to the filings.

Greenfield further argues that meeting those requirements would have meant he was suspended and could have right to recall, and that even then he should not have been suspended because he had seniority over other employees who were not suspended.

The filings say Greenfield requested a hearing before the school board but never got a response, which means the board was treating the elimination of his position “as a termination,” which gave him recourse to appeal with the state.

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By Mark Guydish

[email protected]

Reach Mark Guydish at 570-991-6112 or on Twitter @TLMarkGuydish

Reach Mark Guydish at 570-991-6112 or on Twitter @TLMarkGuydish