WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – It was a packed meeting Tuesday night in the Williamsville Centtral School District. Chairs were full and standing space was shoulder-to-shoulder as teachers, staff, and parents came together as a unified force against the superintendent.
In a sea of white, there was cheers and applause each time a speaker took the podium voicing frustration and lack of confidence in Williamsville Superintendent Dr. Scott Martzloff.
“This is not a witch hunt. Witches do not exist. Unfortunately, poor leaders do,” said Sam Panelli, executive officer of the WTA board.
“Conduct an immediate, independent, and impartial investigation of our superintendent,” said one woman.
Teachers and administrators say this isn’t about a clash in personalities.
“Our concerns are more than just leadership style. They focus around favoritism toward students, interference in the hiring process, and retaliation and intimidation against anyone who opposes him,” Michelle Licht, president of Williamsville Teachers Association said.
Only one person stood up in support of the superintendent.
“Do you care as the Martzloffs do about kids getting the best education they can get? There’s also a bad side to that sword and we’ve seen that tonight. That’s the catty, petty side of it. That’s the double standard,” said Jim Montgomery.
The Williamsville Central School District Board of Education released a statement saying, in part, “The Board will be discussing the matter in executive session. The district held the meeting as an opportunity to listen, gather all information, and set forth a plan.”
News 4 was handed a Notice of Claim by the assistant superintendent of human resources against the Board of Education. It alleges the superintendent put her on administrative leave for coming to the district with concerns about him.
News 4 reached out to Dr. Martzloff for comment, but he did not want to speak with us.