BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A mother of two children who attend Harvey Austin Elementary School, also known as School 97 in Buffalo, says the principal forged her name on five different occasions.
The state requires parent input on critical decisions tied to state and federal funds. The parent, who is also a teacher's aide, says the principal forged her signature on documents from last year and this year.
The documents ranged from planning on how Title I money is budgeted for students with special needs, to her supposed participation in the School Leadership Team, which helps map out plans to improve the school.
For this last document, she says she wasn't even around to sign it.
Sam Radford of the District Parent Coordinating Council said, "She was in the hospital at the time that that signature took place, and for somebody to have signed her name without her permission, or to represent that she was part of something that she wasn't part of, she thought that was wrong and that something should be done about it."
Parent input is required on these documents, but in a signed affidavit to the State Education Department, this parent said "principal (Brigette) Gillespie admitted to me that she signed my name" to the leadership form.
Then "almost as a threat," she said, "Principal Gillespie told me that if she gets arrested then I would have to be transferred out of the school, impacting my job and my kids continued presence at the school."
Radford said, "I can't speak to what people's actual motives (were), but at the end of the day I see it as them wanting to represent that parents were part of the process, when they weren't."
A spokesperson for the district told would only tell me there is an ongoing investigation into the allegations.
Documents have been submitted to the State Education Department alleging nine different occasions when either a parent's name was forged, or parents were misled in what they were signing.
"We don't want parents to be manipulated or used to represent something that's not true," Radford said.
News 4 called School 97 and asked to speak to Principal Gillespie, but was told she wasn't available.
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