Hamburg school board member will face official misconduct charges

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Hamburg Central School Board voted to bring official misconduct charges against one of its members during a special meeting Wednesday.

Catherine Schrauth Forcucci is one of the newer members on the school board, having just been elected last year. The misconduct charges relate to what some other board members consider “inappropriate conduct” on Forcucci’s part, both during and outside of board meetings.

Hamburg Town and Village Police have been involved in a couple of incidents with Forcucci since she joined the school board. Last September, police were called when Forcucci allegedly refused after being asked by the interim superintendent to leave the district’s administrative offices. She reportedly was there looking for expenditure reports.

Village Police are still investigating a verbal altercation that occurred between Forcucci and a building principal in the hallway of the Pleasant Avenue School prior to an executive session on February 11. The principal, James Martinez, had filed an internal complaint alleging that Forcucci and a couple of other staff members are creating a hostile work environment.

The board is also appointed an attorney from Hodgson Russ LLP to prosecute the charges as well as David Hoover as a hearing officer, who will be paid $200 per hour, according to district documents.

Bringing official misconduct charges against Forcucci are expected to cost the district around $250,000.

Forcucci was not at Wednesday night’s meeting.

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