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Resident seeks disciplinary action against school district head

Published May 13. 2010 05:00PM

A Palmerton resident has requested that the head of the school district be disciplined over an incident he said occurred minutes before last month's school board meeting.

Resident Tony Papay on Tuesday asked the board whether the district has a policy in place that pertains to a parent making physical contact with a student.

Director Carl Bieling told Papay that he could review all of the district's policies online. But, board President Barry Scherer said he didn't believe the district had such a policy in place.

Papay then turned his attention to Superintendent Carol Boyce, whom he said he was involved in an incident minutes before last month's board meting.

"Mrs. Boyce knows what I'm talking about," Papay said. "If I would have done what she did to me, I would have been handcuffed and escorted out of the building."

At that, Papay asked for the board to impose some sort of punishment on Boyce.

"I ask that she get suspended, or resigns," Papay said. "It was unprofessional."

Boyce chose not to respond to Papay's comments.

After the meeting, Papay told the TIMES NEWS the incident occurred just before the April 13 board meeting.

Papay said he was seated when Boyce called him into the hall for a remark he made that a student was taken out of class by high school Principal Kathy Egan.

"I told her (Boyce) the student told me he was pulled out of class by Mrs. Egan to talk to her, and I questioned why," Papay said. "Mrs. Boyce told me that Mrs. Egan did not take (the student) out of class, and then she told me it was none of my business because (the student) is not my kid."

That's when Papay said Boyce became "physically aggressive" with him.

"She got right up in my face, and I asked her 'why don't she go back to New York,'" he said. "She then made physical contact with me."

After the meeting, Papay said he went to the Palmerton Police Department, where a report was filed. He said a police officer then came to the school to talk with Boyce, who said she bumped Papay.

Contacted this morning, Boyce told the TIMES NEWS she doesn't want the situation to linger.

"There are always two perspectives to a situation; Mr. Papay has his, and certainly, I have my perspective of that circumstance," Boyce said. "I do not believe this is appropriate, nor wish to carry this out in the media."

Contacted Wednesday morning, the Palmerton Police Department confirmed that an incident report had been filed, but that no charges were filed.

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