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Struthers board fires janitor technician

Published: Wed, December 16, 2009 @ 12:03 a.m.

By Jeanne Starmack

The employee had been on paid leave.

STRUTHERS — The school board voted unanimously to fire a janitorial technician who worked at the high school.

Jennifer Lucansky was fired by a resolution at the board’s meeting Tuesday.

Lucansky was dismissed over an episode at the high school Nov. 16. A police report says she’s accused of walking into a classroom, grabbing a 17-year-old girl by the back of the neck and telling her to “stop writing your name on the [obscenity] white boards.”

The report says that afterward, Lucansky left the room and continued with her duties. A teacher notified the school principal, who contacted a police officer on duty in the school district.

The resolution mentioned “a series of prior reprimands and unpaid suspensions for misconduct,” but schools Superintendent Robert Rostan said there were no episodes “of this type” with students before.

Lucansky had been on paid leave until now, in accordance with state law, Rostan said earlier this month.

Rostan said Lucansky had cleaning duties, as opposed to a custodian, who has maintenance duties.

She was with the district for 17 years.

Lucansky was represented through the termination process by union representatives.

She will file a grievance against the district, said Ron Blatt, field representative for Ohio Association of Public School Employees.

Lucansky had no comment after the board meeting.

She also faces criminal charges of assault and menacing, misdemeanors. A preliminary hearing on those charges is set for May 7 in Struthers Municipal Court.

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