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WARSAW - The Warsaw Central School Board did not have any public discussion of the drunken driving arrest of Superintendent Valerie K. Burke during its special meeting Thursday night in the cafeteria of Warsaw Elementary School.

The board went behind closed doors into an executive session in the superintendent's office without comment on Burke's arrest by a state trooper shortly after midnight May 21 on Interstate 490 in Rochester.

There was no information Thursday night on the disposition of her charge. At the time of her arrest, state police reported that she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent, twice the state's legal limit.

The special meeting was called after a regular meeting Tuesday that ended early and went into executive session.

Burke attended the earlier meeting but did not appear at the public session Thursday.

The School Board remained in private session until deadline for this edition, and board members were unavailable to comment on Burke or her current status with the district.

A woman who said she worked in the school district office reported that Burke "is out of the district for a few days," and added, "She has not been fired."

Burke, 49, became Warsaw superintendent in July 2010 after serving for six years as principal at Buckman Heights Elementary School in the Rochester suburb of Greece. She previously was an assistant principal and teacher. She was one of three finalists among candidates for superintendent of Brockport schools last spring.

Residents who attended the latest School Board meeting expressed ?anger and disappointment at the board's failure to address the matter publicly.

"I feel very disconnected from the board because of its non-action tonight on the superintendent's drunk driving arrest. It's not being taken care of," said Donna Veihdeffer., whose mother was killed by a drunken driver in Warsaw in 1993.

"I think she should be out of the Warsaw School District," she added.





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