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Auburn BOE 2013 Al Brown

Al Brown speaks at a board of education meeting at Auburn High School Tuesday.

AUBURN — The stepfather of an Auburn High School student taken off the Auburn boys basketball team addressed the school district board, saying he feels his stepson's code of conduct violation case was handled unfairly.

Al Brown told the Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday night that he felt his stepson, former basketball player Majesty Wilder, was singled out.

Brown had previously said a teacher reported seeing a cloud of electronic smoking device vapor from a bathroom Wilder and two other students were in on Feb. 6. Wilder was later told he had been removed from the team for violating the school's code of conduct.

Brown also said at the meeting he felt other code of conduct violations involving other students had been handled differently than Wilder's case, and that Wilder had been "picked out" out of three students.

"The way the whole process of elimination played out, I didn't agree with. I feel like he's being mistreated," Brown said.

Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo thanked Brown for his time when he finished speaking Tuesday night.

Pirozzolo had said on Friday that the district was continuing to investigate the matter, but Brown said the superintendent informed him Monday that the decision to remove Wilder from the team was not going to be reversed.

After Tuesday’s meeting, Pirozzolo said that the situation was "unfortunate," but he felt students must be handled equally.

"We follow the code of conduct and we treat all of our students the same way," Pirozzolo said.

In other news:

Cindy Lattimore, the Herman Avenue Elementary School principal, is retiring after more than 38 years of service with the Auburn school district. Her retirement was approved by the board.

Pirozzolo said after the meeting that Dennis Taylor, the district's director of instruction, will continue to serve as acting principal, as he has been for the last several months. Lattimore had been out of the school due to dealing with a family illness.

Pirozzolo said Lattimore turned in her letter of retirement about a week-and-a-half ago and that the district hasn't begun searching for her permanent replacement. He said her retirement is a "huge loss" to the district and that she will be hard to replace.

"She's had such a huge impact on so many children of Auburn, so many teachers, so many former administrators," Pirozzolo said.

Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.


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