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Albert D'Agostino targeted by East Ramapo students
For the second school board meeting in a row, a group of outraged East Ramapo students will take to the sidewalk outside of the administrative building Tuesday night to give board members and the community something to think about.
Last month, about 100 students held up English and Hebrew signs calling for the restoration of graduation day on a Sunday rather than Monday and at their schools rather than another location, moves board members were considering to save money.
This time, the students will call for respect and the ouster of the school board's consulting attorney, Albert D'Agostino.
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D'Agostino last month screamed a profanity at student Nicholas Pulakos outside of the administrative building just after a heated meeting was abruptly ended by board members in the middle the student comment period. Some board members recently have objected to the tenor of public comment at the meetings and, for several meetings now, a few have left abruptly causing the meetings to close for lack of a quorum.
Pulakos' mother, Charlene Williams-Pulakos, filed an ethics complaint against D'Agostino, but the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District determined the allegations did not warrant launching an investigation.
Still, the students say they want D'Agostino to go.
"We students are frightened by Mr. D’Agostino," they wrote in a statement announcing the rally. "According to the Code of Conduct, this behavior is not tolerated for students of East Ramapo Central School District. If it is unacceptable for students to behave this way, then it cannot be tolerated for staff members, including Mr. D’Agostino, who are supposed to be setting a good example."
The rally will be before the 7 p.m. meeting.