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Guilderland board backs transfer of teachers

The decision to transfer two popular Guilderland High School teachers to Farnsworth Middle School wi
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The decision to transfer two popular Guilderland High School teachers to Farnsworth Middle School will stand.

The Guilderland Central School District Board of Education met this morning, but did not reverse Superintendent John McGuire’s decision to reassign Ann-Marie McManus and Matt Nelligan. A motion to reverse the decision was defeated 7-2 , said board president Richard Weisz.

McGuire said a review of the social studies department showed it had a compromised work environment, and the two teachers were transferred to “reconfigure the high school social studies department” and give it a fresh start.

McManus and Nelligan said a “climate study” performed by an outside consultant was designed as cover to “retaliate against two teachers with excellent credentials.”

The transfer caused a wave of opposition in the community, with more than 100 people turning out for a meeting last week to show support for the teachers.

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