Newburgh school board member alleges his family is damaged by district actions

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Newburgh Free Academy

NEWBURGH – Newburgh Enlarged City School District Board of Education member Darron Stridiron is seeking a federal jury trial as he has filed an amended complaint against the school district, its top officials, and school board members.

He claims his status as a board member has been smudged by allegations that he leaked confidential information and that as a result of that, his son, Matthew, who was named valedictorian of the Newburgh Free Academy Class of 2019, was demoted to salutatorian.

The complaint contends that allegations made about him by other board members held Stridiron “to contempt, ridicule and loss of status on the board such that he was prevented from being in executive sessions and not allowed on committees.”

The suit says allegations against Stridiron caused harm to his family including to “their business, standing in the community, and caused vandalism to their property.”

The suit is seeking an unspecified award for injuries to the family and well as punitive damages.