Dismissal for excessive absence found an appropriate disciplinary penalty

Dismissal for excessive absence found an appropriate disciplinary penaltyMcKinnon v North Bellmore UFSD, 273 AD2d 240 According the Appellate Division, Second Department, dismissing an employee who is guilty of excessive absence is consistent with the Pell standard (Pell v Board of Education, 34 NY2d 222). The North Bellmore Union Free School district dismissed Hugh McKinnon, a teacher, after he had been found guilty of charges of (1) failing to comply with the district has established call-in procedure to report his absences and (2) incompetence based on his excessive absences. Finding that there was substantial evidence in the record to support the findings that McKinnon was guilty of the charges filed against him, the court said that it did not find that imposing a penalty of dismissal so disproportionate to McKinnon's misconduct as to be shocking to one's sense of fairness and dismissed his appeal. Significantly, the court held that the charge of incompetence based on McKinnon's excessive absences was supported by substantial evidence in the record notwithstanding the fact that the validity of the reasons for his absences was not contested by the district. Apparently the court decided that the district's failure to challenge the reasons tendered by McKinnon to excuse his excessive absences did not have any adverse impact on the probative value of such evidence for the purposes of finding him guilty of such charges nor did this form any basis for mitigating the penalty imposed by the district. ============================================ If you are interested in learning more about disciplinary procedures involving public officers and employees, please click here: http://thedisciplinebook.blogspot.com/ ============================================

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