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Gloversville school official facing drug charge resigns

Gloversville school official facing drug charge resigns

A Gloversville school official who is facing drug charges has resigned from his position as assistan

A Gloversville school official who is facing drug charges has resigned from his position as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, the district announced this evening.

Frank Pickus submitted a letter of resignation to the Gloversville Enlarged School District, which the Board of Education accepted today. The resignation is effective immediately.

The district will now evaluate its central administration and come up with a plan to permanently fill the vacancy, Superintendent Michael Vanyo said in a news release. An administrative restructuring may make the district more efficient and allow for improvements in the schools, he added.

Pickus was a district employee for 27 years when he was stopped for traffic violations last month and Colonie police say they found a half-ounce of meth on him and in his vehicle. He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and traffic violations.

“Mr. Pickus has been on administrative leave as his case was going through the legal process,” Vanyo said in the release. “With his retirement, the district now considers this matter closed and will proceed with a plan to replace Mr. Pickus.”

Helen Stuetzel, who was hired last month as interim assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, will continue in her role until a permanent plan is in place.

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