Teacher resigns in Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE – A Gloversville Enlarged School District teacher – who was placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigated complaints regarding his conduct – will resign June 30, according to sources.

After an executive session Tuesday, the Board of Education passed a resolution that accepted the resignation of William A. Decker, effective June 30.

In March, a teacher was placed on leave while the district investigated the complaints regarding the teacher’s conduct.

Sources said the teacher placed on leave was special education teacher Bill Decker.

At the time, Superintendent Michael Vanyo – who declined to provide the teacher’s name because of the investigation – said he put the teacher on leave after reports the teacher acted unprofessionally and inappropriately in the presence of teachers and students. Initial complaints came from students, Vanyo said, and were based on the teacher’s conduct while acting in an advisory role, not in a classroom setting.

The tenured teacher has remained on paid leave throughout the school district’s internal investigation, Vanyo said.

Vanyo said this morning he couldn’t comment on what the investigation determined or if the resignation was prompted by the district.

“I can’t comment on anything,” Vanyo said.

He said the district is conducting interviews for a variety of positions for the next school year, but it needs to determine what to do for the future.

“We have got to look at where we are going to go in that special [education] area,” Vanyo said. “We may have somebody that shifts, so we have to look at the whole big picture.”

The district previously said it was in contact with the city Police Department, but at that time, there was no criminal investigation.

This morning, Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said nothing criminal was ever investigated.

“If there was anything to investigate that was criminal, we would have done so,” VanDeusen said.

According to a release from the superintendent’s office, Decker had been a special education teacher for the district since September 2002. At the time of his resignation, Decker was earning a salary of $65,815.