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Ichabod Crane school board grants superintendent's request for leave

April 10, 2019 10:55 AM

The Ichabod Crane Board of Education called a special meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting was in response to charges filed against Ichabod School District Superintendent Michael Vanyo, who is accused of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident on Maple Avenue in Wilton last weekend.

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The meeting started with public comment and then the board went into an executive session for about 30 minutes.

"It can't be swept under the rug, it needs to be addressed," said parent Anita Klimate. 

After the executive session, the board unanimously passed a motion that grants the request of Superintendent Vanyo for a voluntary unpaid leave of absence, effective immediately.

"We absolutely took action pursuant to law and contract we had to work around," said Board of Education President Matthew Nelson. 

Nelson had said the board met with the school's attorney to look at all the options they could take. Many parents said they wanted to see some type of action taken. 

"He needs to be a good example for the kids to see that there are consequences when you make bad decisions," said Klimate.

Nelson said Vanyo has been the superintendent for a little under two years and he's always had a good relationship with them.

Nelson said Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Guntlow will take over as acting superintendent. The board said this decision will not cause any interruption to the district and they will use this as a lesson for students.

"The acting superintendent sent a message out to teachers and student body today saying please be sure to use this as a teachable moment for your students as they ask you questions," said Nelson. "I think we have to rely on the professionals that we have day to day that interact with the students to do that." 

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