Former Lake Placid Middle/High School Principal Robert Schiller hands Lake Placid Central School Board President Phil Baumbach a petition of almost 600 names of people who are demanding that School Superintendent Randy Richards resign during the Feb. 21 meeting. Richards, seen at the far right, had admitted to and apologized for using inappropriate language when referring to female employees.
Photo by Andy Flynn.
Lake Placid The Lake Placid Central School Board of Education will hold another meeting today, most likely about embattled school Superintendent Dr. Randy Richards.
The board is scheduled to meet Thursday, March 1, at 4 p.m. at the school’s administration building on 50 Cummings Road.
“A motion to go into executive session to discuss pending litigation and the evaluation of administrators is anticipated,” a release on the meeting stated.
This will be the second meeting within the past week to discuss the matter, as the School Board held a special meeting in executive session Saturday, Feb. 25, “to discuss pending litigation and the evaluation of administrators.” No action was taken after executive session, according to LPCS Board District Clerk Karen Angelopoulos.
At the School Board’s Feb. 21 meeting, retired Middle/High School Principal Robert Schiller presented Board President Phil Baumbach with a petition signed by almost 600 people who want Richards to resign immediately.
“It is my opinion that if the board does not act and Dr. Richards does not resign upon receiving this petition, that the ramifications would be catastrophic for the school district,” Schiller said during the public comment period.
Schiller and many others have been asking Richards to resign and putting pressure on the School Board to force the issue since December, after it was learned that the superintendent had used inappropriate language when referring to female employees, including the word “bitchy.” Richards apologized for his actions in a districtwide letter in early December, but that hasn’t stopped Schiller and members of the recently formed Community Alliance for Responsible Excellence in Education (CAREE) from their mission to oust Richards from his job.
“The questions remain, the solution seems obvious, yet nothing has been resolved,” Schiller said, reading from a prepared statement. “So tonight we will change the dialogue and the direction of the debate. Tonight the school board must take notice and act. Tonight is the night that this board of education will hear the voice of a collective of the school community. Although each board meeting has had community input, this meeting will raise the bar in dramatic fashion.”