According to reports, Middletown Police have arrested Board of Education business manager Nancy Haynes for assault after a physical altercation with payroll supervisor Christine Bourne.
According to reports Bourne, who was suspended two days ago for breach of confidentiality and breach of school it systems, returned to work this morning and was instructed to leave the building. Bourne moved to call her union representative and was grabbed by Haynes. Bourne called police and had Haynes arrested. Haynes was served a summons for a court date by police who arrived at the scene.
"It was completely orchestrated," Board of Education Chairman Ted Raczka said. "It does look to me to be Junior High Theatrics, and I'm incredibly disheartened and disappointed by this. This kind of thing freezes up everything and it puts the educational interests of the kids at 33 instead of at number 1."
"I just heard about it," Mayor Sebastian Giuliano said when he answered the phone at City Hall at 10:30. "From what I understand, Bourne was assaulted by Haynes and Bourne called the police."
"(School Superintendent) Frechette told me that Christine was asked to leave work because of a breach in the computer system," Jeff Daniels president of Local 466 said. "But there was no hearing, no explanation, no nothing. So she (Bourne) showed up today and was asked to leave, and when she went to call me, Haynes grabbed her.
"Haynes was served a summons, but she was not asked by the administration to vacate the building," Daniels said. "She grabbed an employee, was arrested and yet she still sits there in her office with Michael (Frechette). If she was a teacher, she would have been immediately suspended and terminated. But no, she is allowed to stay at her job. I guess the school administration condones physical violence."