The Hamburg Central School Board will start hearing testimony Tuesday on charges that could lead to the dismissal of one of its members.
But the hearing, on official misconduct charges against Catherine Schrauth Forcucci, will be conducted behind closed doors, according to the district website.
The board scheduled two hearing dates next week, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the administration building.
Schrauth Forcucci wanted the hearings held in public. But the district is trying to quiet the tumultuous time and does not believe it is in the best interests of the district to conduct an open hearing, school district attorney Andrew J. Freedman said when the charges were approved.
The board voted, 4-2, April 30 to bring charges against Schrauth Forcucci but refused to make the charges public. Schrauth Forcucci’s lawyer, Margaret Murphy, gave The Buffalo News a copy of the charges.
They allege that Schrauth Forcucci berated and/or verbally attacked board President David Yoviene, Superintendent Richard Jetter and Jetter’s secretary on separate occasions.
The charges also include an incident Feb. 11 when she “repeatedly berated and/or verbally attacked” Boston Valley Principal James Martinez, who is the district safety officer, outside a room where the board’s executive session was to be held; refused the directions from the board president that she remain in the executive session; and left the room to berate Martinez.
Schrauth Forcucci has a date in Hamburg Village Court on Wednesday to answer a harassment charge violation in that incident.
She denies all the charges.