Schenectady CSD claims comptroller audit is dated

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The New York State Comptroller recently released an audit about the violence in Schenectady High School, but the superintendent and some parents think the report is outdated.

The report claims that during the 2011-2012 school year, the Schenectady City School District did not report 290 out of nearly 2,000 incidents, including cases of assault, arson, bullying and drug use at the high school. But some parents said that number isn’t concerning because of the size of the school, and they said the report is dated.

Larry Spring was appointed Schenectady City School District Superintendent in 2012. He said the comptroller’s office couldn’t clarify the cases.

“You know, what are you talking about?” he questioned. “Arson? And they were unable to point us to the referral that they thought should have been coded as an arson.”

But he said the district addressed every incident internally. Schenectady parents said they weren’t shocked by the report.

“I don’t see it being a big deal,” parent Kathy Harrison said. “My son’s a sophomore, and he hasn’t come home really talking about many fights.”

“It’s certainly concerning, and there are a lot of kids in the school, but in all my incidents in the school, I’ve never actually seen anything myself,” parent Gina Chiarito said.

Moving forward, Spring said they will work on compiling records, but ultimately, they will focus on strengthening the relationships they have with parents and law enforcement.

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