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Sissel’s last day at will be in August

July 12, 2011
WESTFIELD — It is official.

At the Westfield Academy and Central School’s Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Board President Marie Edwards announced Sissel and the district had come to an agreement of a mutual release and that Sissel is resigning. His last day will be August 31.

The board would not elaborate on the terms of the agreement. Board members Joy Bodenmiller and Jeanne Habig voted against the agreement. Sissel was not at the meeting Tuesday.

A special meeting of the board last Wednesday did nothing to answer the rumors swirling around Sissel’s contract.

The board met, again without Sissel, on Wednesday, June 29 merely to hold on executive session to discuss a possible disciplinary actions to an employee. However, an audience member, Westfield resident Diana Hamann, asked if there was any truth to the rumor that Sissel’s contract was going to be bought out by the board in excess of $300,000.

Edwards responded that, because it was a personnel matter, it could not be discussed — either to confirm or deny.

“There’s all kinds of rumors that people start,” Board Vice President Tony Pisicoli said.

“If it does happen, just think about how many lives will be impacted, what will happen to the education of the children with the number of positions that will have to be cut,” Hamann said. “It seems like that’s an irresponsible expenditure of tax payers dollars.”

“It is safe to say there are a lot of things that have been said … that are not necessarily true,” Edwards said. “It’s people hearing a little bit of this and a little bit of that and making up their own (conclusion).”

Although it was not mentioned at the beginning of the meeting, when the board came out of its executive session for the possible disciplinary action, a motion was passed to recess into a second executive session to discuss the possibility of adding an additional administrator for the district. The title of the position and where it would fit into the district’s hierarchy has yet to be determined.

Board member-elect at the time Francine Brown was invited into the first executive session. It is unknown if she was invited to the second.

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