Newburgh board of ed hires investigator to look into alleged practices of high-ranking district official

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NEWBURGH – The Newburgh Enlarged City School District Board of Education has voted to hire an independent investigator “to perform investigations in accordance with applicable school district policies.”

Louis Patack will receive $250 per hour for his services.

Sources have indicated the investigation has to do with alleged misconduct by a top district official against a district employee.

The investigation aimed at the unnamed individual will explore possible violations of federal Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and/or Title IX.

Title VII says in part that, “It shall be unlawful employment practice for an employer –

(1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; or

(2) to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”

Federal Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 states:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

All seven members of the school board who were present at the special meeting voted to hire Patack.