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Crestwood Superintendent Could Be Out Of Job

January 4, 2019
Crestwood Superintendent Could Be Out Of Job

Joseph Gorham could soon be out as Crestwood School District superintendent.

Gorham confirmed in text message he has been negotiating a separation agreement with the district. But “the details of the agreement are not finalized,” he noted.

“Until that is worked out, we remain status quo,” he added.

In October, the school board launched a probe of how bus drivers were working without background clearances and placed superintendent Joseph Gorham and Christopher Gegaris, Crestwood’s chief of operations, on paid leaves.

District officials canceled school Oct. 24 and 25 — after state auditors found background clearances for some school bus drivers had expired — until all drivers had up-to-date clearances. Since then, the internal investigation has been ongoing, and Gorham and Gegaris continue to remain on paid leaves of absence.

When asked about the district negotiating a separation agreement with Gorham, school district Solicitor Jack Dean declined comment, citing a policy on confidential personnel matters. The school board’s next scheduled meeting is on Jan. 17.

The school board hired Gorham as superintendent in 2016 at a salary of $115,000. Prior to taking the Crestwood job, Gorham was superintendent of the Carbondale Area School District.

Gorham unsuccessfully ran for Ashley mayor in 2017 and also had served on Ashley borough council.

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