Credit union workers say they too are afraid to work at Bennett High

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A fight inside Bennett High School last month that was caught on tape has prompted a student-run credit union branch to pull out of the troubled school because of safety concerns.

News 4 Investigates first reported about the fight last month, which shows teacher Kevin Coady trying to break up a fight between female students.

In a letter obtained by News 4, Buffalo Metropolitan Federal Credit Union cites the fight involving the teacher and other fights in hallways heard by staff.

“I don’t know what it’s going to take before people say he’s ruined the school,” says Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore.

Rumore is once again taking aim at Bennett High Principal Dr. Terry Ross.

In response to the Credit Union pulling out over safety concerns, Rumore fired off a letter to the Superintendent, Board of Education and State Education Department officials.

“What more will it take to have this principal removed? He has destroyed Bennett,” the letter states.

“There needs to be a new principal in there now. Actually, there needs to be a new principal in there six months ago. So, the new principal can start pulling the faculty together and planning for September,” Rumore adds.

News 4 tried contacting Ross for a comment, but he was not immediately available.

Last month Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown told News 4 that she was supportive of the work Ross was doing at the school.

“I think he continues to work very hard to bring that school community together,” Brown said.

The credit union’s plan to leave Bennett is just the latest for a school whose status is up in the air.

The state recently directed that the district not enroll any ninth graders for the fall and that a consultant be hired to come up with a plan for the school’s future by September 1.

The school board is expected on Wednesday to consider offering a contract worth $140,000 to Dr. Constance Moss, who spent eight years as a district administrator from 1999 through 2007.

More recently, Dr. Moss proposed a charter school that was not granted.

Dr. Moss could not be reached to comment on her new proposed role for Bennett.

Under the proposed contract that the board will consider on Wednesday, Moss would be expected to come up with what the district is calling the “phase out/phase in plan for Bennett High School” for the 2015-16 school year. The state would have to approve whatever Buffalo comes up with for Bennett.

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