Fired Niles teacher to have private hearing Feb. 23


The board of education has scheduled a Feb. 23 hearing for Christopher Chieffo, a teacher and former assistant principal who was fired last month for falsification of sick leave.

Documents in his personnel file state that on a day Chieffo reported off sick last October, he was coaching Howland High School Boys Golf Team at a district tournament in Alliance. Chieffo, 45, had been a full-time teacher for the last decade at Niles Primary School.

Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen said Chieffo has requested a private hearing. The hearing date is subject to change, depending on the availability of an independent referee and legal counsel.

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