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Investigation into Andes school chief winding down

Aug 08, 2022 12:30 am

Roger Hannigan Gilson is reporting for the Times Union a six-month internal investigation into the actions of Robert Chakar, the superintendent of the Andes school district in Delaware County, appears to be nearing its conclusion. However, with the district poised to resume classes on August 18, it is doubtful the report will be completed and the results released before students return after the summer break. A separate investigation by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights is continuing. Chakar has been on administrative leave since mid-February after a district parent filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights and the Andes School Board. The parent first tried to bring their concerns to the district's Title IX [nine] coordinator but was frustrated to learn the coordinator was Chakar. A Title IX [nine] coordinator manages complaints involving sexual harassment or gender discrimination. The total number of complainants is unknown, but according to the Times Union, three people have filed complaints as part of the internal investigation. It is alleged that Chakar inappropriately touched an elementary-school-aged student, improperly commented on an adolescent girl's developing body and initiated unwanted conversations about his sex life with a school employee. In 2000, Chakar was forced to resign as an assistant superintendent at a Bristol, Connecticut, middle school after an internal investigation revealed that he repeatedly sexually harassed staff and spoke to girls at the school inappropriately. Read more at times union [dot] com.