Gloversville Middle School Principal James Flint was suspended today without pay for three weeks for sending faculty members two objectionable e-mails last fall after an earlier infraction for the same sort of communication.
Superintendent Robert DeLilli announced the punishment today after meeting with Flint.
The suspension begins Monday. Board President Perry Paul declined to discuss the substance or style of the e-mails, but said “the board is more concerned [Flint] already had a letter in his file and turned around and did it again.”
DeLilli said the decision to impose a suspension was based on both the content of the e-mail and the repeated behavior.
It is a case, DeLilli said, of "an employee who was reprimanded and a year later committed a similar action."
DeLilli said the board acted appropriately in deciding on a three-week suspension.
"The message was sent," he said.
Flint, who retires as of June 30, deferred all comment to DeLilli.
In January of last year Flint sent an e-mail to the entire faculty, employing a dialect that has been described as hillbilly or old southern plantation with numerous misspellings.
After receiving a letter of counsel in his personnel file, Flint sent two similar e-mails to faculty members over the fall.
The last two communications came to light in a Feb. 1 column by Gazette columnist Carl Strock.
After the January 2008 e-mail was leaked to The Daily Gazette, DeLilli said it was clear Flint was attempting to achieve "a little levity with a message" on the eve of the annual standardized tests.
That first e-mail started "we almos be dare," and continued, "it tyme to pu yoa hans togeta an prase de tate ob new yok foa letin it be jannnnary ... you wants ta noe y? becus afta does tess be dun yews ain't gots to fret no moe caus we be foa shoa offf da dad bern liss."
The same dialect is employed in the e-mails of October 24 and Dec. 17 and both plead in a joking manner that the recipients don't turn the messages over to the newspaper.
"Please, please don't turn me in to tha paper...I promise this ain't racial...it's how we folks from da heel spek to one an udder...Yas kin ast my momma," he wrote in the December transmission.