Allegations of discrimination in Newburgh schools land in federal court

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Allegations of discrimination in Newburgh City schools have now landed the district in federal court.

Balmville Elementary School Principal Lisa Buon has filed a suit that claims she was discriminated against based on her race by the district, board, teachers' union and several top administrators.

She says it happened during her time at South Middle School, where she was the principal until this summer.

Court records show Buon, a black woman, claims she faced unfair treatment through frequent disciplinary hearings based on what she calls false accusations. She also claims she was denied certain administrative roles that she felt she was qualified for.

According to the suit, Buon is seeking a trial and monetary relief for damages suffered.

Buon tells News 12 she has been advised not to speak to the media regarding the lawsuit.  The school district has not responded to News 12’s request for comment.

 

 

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