Whistleblower in Newburgh school forgery scandal alleges retaliation for speaking up
whistleblower in an Orange County
school forgery scandal has now filed a lawsuit against the district, claiming
he and his son faced retaliation for coming forward.
Board of Education member Darren Stridiron testified in a
2019 grand jury proceeding that
found that the Newburgh School District forged student athletes' grades and attendance records for years.
Stridiron says that as a result,
the district administration took away his son’s valedictorian status last year,
while interfering with his college application and scholarships.
“This is a pattern of abuse and
bullying by the superintendent and leadership of the school board over many
years, but specifically related to the district attorney’s report and
retaliation," alleges Stridiron.
No criminal charges were filed
because of the grand jury’s report,
and a state audit into the school has been delayed by COVID-19.
for comment by News 12, the Newburgh School District said, "The district does not think it is
appropriate to comment on pending litigation. The matter has been
referred to the district's legal counsel who will respond in court.”