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Rally Calls For Chappaqua Superintendent's Ouster Amid Sex-Abuse Case

Parents in Chappaqua rallied early Monday morning to call for the departure of schools Superintendent Lyn McKay over her handling of a sex-abuse case involving a former high school drama teacher. Video Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Parents in Chappaqua rallied early Monday morning to call for the departure of schools Superintendent Lyn McKay over her handling of a sex-abuse case involving a former high school drama teacher.
Parents in Chappaqua rallied early Monday morning to call for the departure of schools Superintendent Lyn McKay over her handling of a sex-abuse case involving a former high school drama teacher. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Parents in Chappaqua rallied early Monday morning to call for the departure of schools Superintendent Lyn McKay over her handling of a sex-abuse case involving a former high school drama teacher.
Parents in Chappaqua rallied early Monday morning to call for the departure of schools Superintendent Lyn McKay over her handling of a sex-abuse case involving a former high school drama teacher. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Parents in Chappaqua rallied early Monday morning to call for the departure of schools Superintendent Lyn McKay over her handling of a sex-abuse case involving a former high school drama teacher.
Parents in Chappaqua rallied early Monday morning to call for the departure of schools Superintendent Lyn McKay over her handling of a sex-abuse case involving a former high school drama teacher. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Parents in Chappaqua rallied early Monday morning to call for the departure of schools Superintendent Lyn McKay over her handling of a sex-abuse case involving a former high school drama teacher.
Parents in Chappaqua rallied early Monday morning to call for the departure of schools Superintendent Lyn McKay over her handling of a sex-abuse case involving a former high school drama teacher. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Parents in Chappaqua rallied early Monday morning to call for the departure of schools Superintendent Lyn McKay over her handling of a sex-abuse case involving a former high school drama teacher.
Parents in Chappaqua rallied early Monday morning to call for the departure of schools Superintendent Lyn McKay over her handling of a sex-abuse case involving a former high school drama teacher. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Students and parents heading into the Horace Greeley High School campus on a dreary Monday morning with met with protests from local parents, who rallied to demand the ouster of Chappaqua Schools Superintendent Lyn McKay.

The parents, who numbered at roughly a dozen, are seeking the superintendent's leave from her post over how the Chappaqua Central School District has dealt with the unfolding sex-abuse case involving former Greeley drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel.

“We are hoping to engage the community in this discussion," said Heather Lafortezza, a Greeley parent and rally organizer. We - in the last 15 months we have seen very little communication coming from the administration and the board as to how we can move forward.”

Lafortezza, who is a mother of two current Greeley students and three alumni, is demanding that McKay resigns.

“We need a leader that's going to take us out of this," she said.

Previous coverage regarding Christopher Schraufnagel, who worked at Greeley from 2003 to 2015, is available here.

Video coverage of the rally is attached to this article.

The rallying parents were met with several supportive honks from passing vehicles. The protest lasted for approximately an hour, wrapped up around the start of classes and proceeded without any tumultuous incidents.

School officials did not approach the rally attendees.

Chappaqua parent Will Wedge, who has a daughter currently attending Robert E. Bell Middle School, likened McKay to an underperforming corporate CEO. Wedge, who prefers that the Chappaqua school board fires McKay, would also be content with her resigning.

Fellow parent Barbara Buxbaum, who has one child at Greeley and another at Seven Bridges Middle School, said that she attended the rally due to concern for the safety of both her kids and others in the school district. Buxbaum said that she also wants to ensure accountability regarding the Schraufnagel situation.

Neither McKay nor Chappaqua school board President Alyson Gardner responded to a request for comment.

Schraufnagel is facing both criminal and civil actions from student sex-abuse accusers; the school district is facing seven civil cases.

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