Embattled Hempstead school superintendent loses bid for reinstatement

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Embattled Hempstead School Superintendent Shimon Waronker will remain off the job after losing his case Tuesday against several members of the school board in federal court.

Waronker had argued that he was removed from his position without just cause when the board's three person majority voted on Jan. 9 to place the embattled administrator on leave for 60 days and barred him from all district property.

A federal judge said that the Hempstead School Board was within its rights to put Waronker on leave and that the superintendent's civil liberties were not violated.

The controversial school board vote to remove Waronker happened shortly after the superintendent claimed he had evidence of financial wrongdoing within the district, and that he had alerted law enforcement.

The troubled district has been plagued by poor performance and low graduation rates despite its $200 million budget.

Hempstead School Board Trustee LaMont Johnson had no comment about what will happen after Waronker's 60-day leave ends. 

Waronker said that he's going to "keep fighting" with his attorney Fred Brewington "to help the children of Hempstead."

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