LATHAM — The beleaguered head principal of a celebrated local high school starts pleading his case today to return back to work.
Scott Landry has been on leave from his role as Bethlehem Central High School principal since May, when the school district allegedly reacted to a series of emails between the administrator and potential clients for his private consulting business.
Landry had attended a Capital District-wide job fair as a representative of Bethlehem Central prior to being placed on leave. He reportedly obtained a mailing list of people looking for jobs. Soon afterwards, he had sent emails out to those people, offering his insight and coaching advice for a fee to help clients land prospective jobs in education. Immediately afterwards, Bethlehem Central received complaints about the emails.
Landry has maintained his innocence, claiming that he had done nothing wrong by sending solicitations for his consulting services. The school district has previously declined comment.
Both parties start a hearing under education law this morning, Sept. 28 at Capital Region BOCES in Latham.
We are at the hearing and will post an update later today.
Editor’s Note: The previous draft of this article erroneously identified today’s proceedings as arbitration.