Superintendent’s exit followed internal report on behavior with women

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SCHENECTADY — An internal investigation prompted by a sexual harassment complaint triggered Schenectady Superintendent of Schools Larry Spring’s sudden resignation in March.

The complaint was filed by a woman who is employed by Capital Region BOCES but works within the city school system. The district’s outside counsel, the Rochester-based law firm Harris Beach, investigated the matter and delivered its findings to the school board in March.

The completion of the investigation, conducted by the firm’s Government Compliance and Investigations team, preceded the striking of a deal between the district and the superintendent that paved the way for Spring’s resignation from his $204,064-a-year post, which he had held since June 2012.

In the weeks since the March 25 announcement, the 50-year-old Spring and the school board have declined to discuss what led to the abrupt resignation of the educator, who had honed a reputation as a champion for his district as well as other urban schools that according to Spring have remained woefully underfunded.

The findings and conclusions of the months-long investigation portray a man whose conduct toward the complainant and others was “part of a pattern” in which he targeted younger, sometimes untenured female teachers, according to a copy of the law firm’s report reviewed by the Times Union.

The report also mentions that during the course of the investigation into Spring’s behavior, investigators anonymously received several photographs of Spring either partially or completely nude. Some of the photographs appear to have been taken on school property, the report states.

The photographs reflected poor judgment […]

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