Complaint seeks Westbury school offic...

Complaint seeks Westbury school officials' removal

There are 23 comments on the Newsday story from May 26, 2009, titled Complaint seeks Westbury school officials' removal. In it, Newsday reports that:

A complaint filed last week calls for the removal of the Westbury schools superintendent and the board of education president, claiming they have refused to allow officials from a local church to meet with trustees to ask for help in resolving a tax issue.

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westburytaxpayer

Boxborough, MA

#1 Jun 5, 2009
Westbury School District is Corrupt!

In 2005 and 2007 two female teachers complained to Central Administration, Clark and Root, about inappropriate comments made to them by the principal, Darnell Powell. They, central admin., investigated the allegations and found validity to the claims. Instead of dealing with the principal, Clark and Root transferred the teachers. Now in 2008 two other teacher's filed sexual harassment, and retaliation claims with the New York State Dept. of Human rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC, against Darnell Powell, and the Westbury School District. Both NYS Dept. of Human Rights and the EEOC has or will soon give the teachers the right to sue the school district.. Powell has been known to make inappropriate comments to students as well as teachers. A student has given a written statement telling what he said to her. now there are rumors that he will be returning to the district. When Powell worked in the district as a guidance counselor in the mid 1900 there were issues of inappropriate comments and touching of teachers. What is he holding over Clark that is causing her to commit legal suicide for this district and the taxpayers?
taxpayer

Boxborough, MA

#2 Jun 5, 2009
\Did the internal investigatin find Powell guilty of sexual harassment?
taxpayer

Boxborough, MA

#3 Jun 8, 2009
taxpayer wrote:
\Did the internal investigatin find Powell guilty of sexual harassment?
YES, the internal investigation found Darnel Powell guilty of sexual harassment towards the guidance counselor and guilty of violating the districts sexual harassment policy.
smithtowntaxpaye r

Edison, NJ

#4 Jun 12, 2009
is this the same darnell powell that worked at smithtown middle school as an assisitant principal?
clarkneedstogo

Monticello, IN

#5 Jun 12, 2009
Yes Smithtown, this is the same darnel powell who worked in smithtown as an AP.
Interested in Westbury

Great Neck, NY

#6 Jun 13, 2009
Is there only one middle school in Westbury? When was this principal employed in Smithtown?
smithtown employee

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Jun 17, 2009
clarkneedstogo wrote:
Yes Smithtown, this is the same darnel powell who worked in smithtown as an AP.
I find this outrageous. I worked with him for a few years and I found him professional. I can't believe we are speaking of the same person. I am in shock!!!
smithtown employee 2

Budd Lake, NJ

#8 Jun 17, 2009
I am also surprised as I worked with him for a few years and never heard or saw anything linking him to inappropriate behavior.
Westbury

Mahwah, NJ

#9 Jul 15, 2009
These charges I believe are bogus, I heard the guidance counselor was about to get fired and the union looking to support her. Last ditch effort to keep her job. I worked with him and know that he definitely wouldn't do this.
resident

White Plains, NY

#10 Jul 19, 2009
Was there a case on Mr.Powell in 2005 or 2007 ? If there was then i am sure there would of been some form of conviction if found valid. This sounds like you need to report real/true facts or nothing at all.
Interested Employee

Fairfield, CT

#11 Jul 20, 2009
Report the TRUTH PEOPLE.
Employee too

Fairfield, CT

#12 Jul 20, 2009
This is CRAZY. Darnel Powell has always been a smart, respectful, hardworking young gentleman. He is a PROFESSIONAL. Mr. Powell stands for the CHILDREN. I do not understand why this tarnishing of his reputation has come about. I do know that I believe in him.
Me-skee-tas

Maspeth, NY

#13 Jul 22, 2009
westburytaxpayer wrote:
Westbury School District is Corrupt!
In 2005 and 2007 two female teachers complained to Central Administration, Clark and Root, about inappropriate comments made to them by the principal, Darnell Powell. They, central admin., investigated the allegations and found validity to the claims. Instead of dealing with the principal, Clark and Root transferred the teachers. Now in 2008 two other teacher's filed sexual harassment, and retaliation claims with the New York State Dept. of Human rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC, against Darnell Powell, and the Westbury School District. Both NYS Dept. of Human Rights and the EEOC has or will soon give the teachers the right to sue the school district.. Powell has been known to make inappropriate comments to students as well as teachers. A student has given a written statement telling what he said to her. now there are rumors that he will be returning to the district. When Powell worked in the district as a guidance counselor in the mid 1900 there were issues of inappropriate comments and touching of teachers. What is he holding over Clark that is causing her to commit legal suicide for this district and the taxpayers?
I've had the opportunity to read and decipher what you have written about this particular school official. You write as though you are speaking from experience or as if you have a personal ax to grind. That is just how it sounds to me, so don’t take it personal. But honestly…which is it? I have tried to follow this story because it means something to me. I am looking to move to the LI area and there have been some issues in the past with LI and some school districts, but what I have read thus far on this issue seems a bit far-fetched. How is it that you claim to know so much about this situation? You claim there was an investigation in ’05 & ’07 and validity was found, but no recourse towards the principal was taken. How sure are you that something should have been done to the principal and that validity was there? Do you have it from a good source that this was the reason for the teachers being transferred out? Now, you bring us up to date with 2008 and two additional teachers filing sexual harassment charges. Also you state that Powell has been known to make inappropriate comments to students as well. Even as a guidance counselor you say that there was inappropriate behavior. Something just does not sound right. If all of this was supposedly happening, something would have been done. Are you sure that you have all of your facts correct? You speak of legal suicide and what someone might be holding over another, it sounds more like fear on your part or someone trying to divert the attention. You seem as though you are trying to organize a lynch mob and from what’s been posted nobodies biting. I think what you really need to do is come with more substantial information instead of this hearsay that you are shuffling about.
The Lord states,“What is done in darkness will always come to light”, so if what you are saying is true then just sit tight and let it flow. But if what you have started ruins a man livelihood and family life because of personal feelings, then you really should be careful. Things have a way of backfiring.
teacher

Bridgeport, CT

#14 Sep 8, 2009
I worked with Mr. Powell for 5 years and found him to be an absolute professional. I do not believe any of these allegations. As for the line "Both NYS Dept. of Human Rights and the EEOC has or will soon give the teachers the right to sue the school district.." No one has to give you the right to sue. Anyone can sue for anything. This all sounds like garbage to me, dangerous garbage, as this poor man's reputation is being ruined by gossip and innuendo. What a shame!
Teacher

Bronx, NY

#15 Dec 29, 2009
I have known Darnell and his beautiful wife and family for many years. He is an honest, ambitious, motivated, dedicated professional who cares deeply about children. There are numerous women who can attest to his consummate professionalism. He became a principal at a fairly young age and unfortunately the green-eyed-monster loves to rear his ugly head. Perhaps some unfulfilled, unhappy individuals felt compelled to initiate a witch hunt. Sometimes people create scapegoats just to keep the focus from what's really going on hmmmmm? I just hope that when all is said and done, whomever has engaged in unethical, inappropriate, illegal behavior pays for what he/she/they have done.
teacherX

Cumming, GA

#17 Jul 12, 2010
Agrees with Me-skee-tas
Smitty

Ronkonkoma, NY

#18 Aug 4, 2012
Shame to hear what he did to his career. I worked with him for a few years. Although I am a bit surprised, I am not shocked. For Darnell's former colleagues, just because you worked for him and he didn't make advances towards you doesn't mean he's being railroaded

Since: Jan 11

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#19 Aug 4, 2012
Employee too wrote:
This is CRAZY. Darnel Powell has always been a smart, respectful, hardworking young gentleman. He is a PROFESSIONAL. Mr. Powell stands for the CHILDREN. I do not understand why this tarnishing of his reputation has come about. I do know that I believe in him.
That's a croc of BS,anybody knows that the upper echelon of school districts don' t give a damn about the children.it's about politics..
While our school districts are set up like feudal lands with one kingdom,of which is the new your state education department....
Tommy Pro

Estero, FL

#20 Mar 12, 2013
Darnel was a POS in Smithtown as well. For the children my behind! He wanted to further his career following Podd into Smithtown. While there he did more to hurt children than ever help them. He will get his,,,,,,,whether or not his 200k a year salary continues.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#21 Mar 12, 2013
What? Me lie?

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