In the wake of settlements with some of the Rye City School teachers facing allegations of testing improprieties, one of the school board members Ed Fox read a statement suggesting backroom dealings between Board of Ed President Laura Slack, Rye Mayor Joe Sack and Sack's wife Kerri, an attorney for one of the accussed teachers.
In a short statement, Fox managed to say Sack's wife got the teacher a special deal by placing Laura Slack's husband Richard on Rye City Council.
This is hard to follow and even harder to believe. And many would say service on our city council is not exactly a gift but more like God's work.
At MyRye.com, we made a commitment after the last election cycle to keep the conversation clean. Here is the Fox video statement and the follow-up staements and denials from Sack and Slack.
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Ed Fox video:
Statement from Rye City School District Board of Education President Laura Slack
This morning, prior to a vote to accept a settlement with the second of four teachers who have been reassigned pending an ongoing investigation into testing irregularities, Board of Education member Ed Fox made a number of outrageous allegations without one shred of proof that anything unethical or improper occurred. These allegations are not true.
The Board was fully informed and properly acted in approving the settlement, and I, as Board of Education President, have acted in compliance with my ethical responsibilities under Board Policy 2160 and have, at all times, conducted myself with propriety. Mr. Fox owes me and the rest of the Board of Education an apology.
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Statement for Rye Mayor Joe Sack
Ed Fox’s allegations are untrue. I categorically deny Mr. Fox’s allegations. No matter what Mr. Fox’s perspective may be regarding the school district’s handling of the high profile teacher cases, he is irresponsible to cast such unfounded aspersions on me – not to mention my wife, the members of the school board, and the members of the city council, whom I presume will speak for themselves.