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Sep 8, 2011 2:47 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Eastport South Manor Teacher, Charged With Fourth DWI, Suspended From Job

Sep 14, 2011 12:46 PM

A chart provided by Ms. Briggs shows that the number of charges that have been filed in the state—excluding New York City—totaled 150 in 2010, and that just 70 of the cases were settled in that time period. The presentation also revealed that in 2010, on average, it took 742 days to find a teacher guilty of the charges, 512 days to find them not guilty, and 338 days to settle the case out of court.

According to Ms. Briggs, the State Education Department has been hoping to address the issue of such disciplinary hearings and their costly impact on school districts by trying to find ways to speed up the process and reduce costs by putting time lines in place for the hearings and streamlining administrative processes.

“We’re hoping to get legislation passed to speed things up,” Ms. Briggs said. “It’s in everybody’s best interest to get them done as quickly as possible.”

In addition to the salaries that both teachers will receive during their suspensions, the district will also bear the cost of a court arbitrator, which ranges from $900 to $1,800 per day for a five-hour day, a court reporter who generally makes $1,000 per hearing day, and legal counsel, according to documentation provided by the state.

Although Mr. Nocero declined to comment on the situations involving either Mr. Argueta or Mr. Schroeder, citing the nature of their suspensions, he said the School Board decided to take disciplinary action against them after lengthy consideration. The superintendent also noted that some of those discussions focused on the enormous cost that the district is now facing due to the suspensions.

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what a wonderful life! Tenured teacher.
By just breath (82), yuck on Sep 8, 11 8:34 PM
....oh, they forgot to add that the cops beat the living crap out of him while he resisted the arrest and he lost his eye after surgery. Writers leave off the good stuff! At least he was suspended which is a good start for this guy.
By BIGjimbo12 (201), East Quogue on Sep 8, 11 9:40 PM
Gee a year with full pay and benefits until they can determine that he should be fired. Why after 3 previous DWI's is this person not in prison. Once I could understand everyone entitled to a mistake after that prison should be manditory. You have to love liberal NYS laws and then the protection of being in the teachers union which means you have to kill and then maybe you'll be fired.Pathetic
By maxwell (169), speonk on Sep 9, 11 11:14 AM
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By lifesaver (118), speonk on Sep 15, 11 3:57 PM