He submitted a letter of resignation to Hagerty-Ross following an executive session meeting that ran from 7 to 11:50 p.m. last night. Hagerty-Ross could not supply the letter until the board takes action at its meeting later this evening. The meeting is set to start at 7:30 p.m. at 35 Leroy Ave.
Falcone has received criticism following the Connecticut State Department of Education's report that found special education law had been broken on numerous occasions during the 2012-13 school year under the direction of Special Education and Services Director Deirdre Osypuk.
Parents have expressed their frustrations with district administration for, what they believe, being ignorant to the special education law.
"People do have a responsibly for what happens and my problem, without being too harsh, is that I think Steve really does care about this and I think Steve has done a lot to vindicate himself, but he was in charge while a lot of these violations took place. I see all these kids in the high school being punished for stupid things once and for things they regret doing," Andrew Feinstein, the attorney who represents the complainants, has said. "The notion that the superintendent of schools can say, `You know, geez, I'm sorry, I really didn't know this was going on,' is not acceptable in this environment."
Osypuk was placed on paid administrative leave on June 17 after multiple allegations were made that Individualized Education Plans were altered after Planning and Placement Team meetings, which are a direct violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The state's report found the allegations to be true.
The board will appoint an acting superintendent while it searches for an interim superintendent. The board is responsible for the hiring and firing of the superintendent only.
Falcone came to Darien High School in the 1990s as a history and social studies teacher, and was named assistant principal of Darien High School in 1998. He left the district in 2001 to become principal of Fox Lane High School in Bedford, N.Y., before returning in 2005 to assume his current position.
He was hired as the superintendent in 2010, following the retirement of then-Superintendent Donald Fiftal.
Falcone has a bachelor's degree in political science from Amherst College, a master's in liberal studies with a concentration in social studies from Wesleyan University, a C.A.S. in education administration from Sacred Heart University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Connecticut.
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