More testimony as Hamburg School Board looks to oust member

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – Hamburg School Board members met again Monday night, to try and decide the future of one member.

There was no shortage of shocking testimony during last week’s public hearing for Catherine Schrauth Forcucci, a board member charged with official misconduct who could be removed from the school board if the charges are substantiated.

Hamburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard Jetter testified last week and actually acted out spooky voices he claims Forcucci made during another bizarre misconduct hearing.

This week also saw some fireworks as Forcucci’s attorney Margaret Murphy questioned Dr. Jetter, questioning his accuracy in dates and meetings to attempt to put his credibility into question.

After Dr. Jetter was excused, his wife Jennifer Jetter took the stand. She testified that when she and her husband came for his interview, Forcucci yelled at Boston Valley Elementary School Principal James Martinez and pointed her finger in his face. Jennifer says Forcucci was repeatedly asked to walk away from the situation.

“She walked up to Mr. Martinez and pointed in his face and said, ‘You are intimidating and harassing me.’ And Mr. Martinez simply said, ‘Get your finger out of my face; don’t put your finger in my face.’ Other board members were yelling out, ‘Catherine, walk away!’ She would walk away and she’d come back and yell in his face,” Jennifer recalled.

Jacqueline Peffer, principal of Union Pleasant, also recalled the confrontation.

She said, “[Mr. Martinez] said to her, ‘You need to back off and back down.’ And he said that to her three times. The third time he said to her, ‘I’m telling you for the third time you need to back up and step away from me.'”

Peffer says Forcucci did not listen to Martinez any of the three times she was asked to move away from him.

Forcucci is also accused of verbally accosting a fellow board member and the interim superintendent.

Last week, Dr. Jetter described one incident where Forcucci allegedly demanded 750 pages of documents in a spooky voice like Jack Nickolson in the horror movie “The Shining.”

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