Impartial Panel In Albany Clears Oswego Principal’s Name

OSWEGO, NY – The School Administrators Association of New York State announced the conclusion of the State Education Department review of the license of Dr. Dean Goewey.

Dr. Goewey is currently the principal of Minetto Elementary School in the Oswego City School District.

Former Oswego Superintendent David Fischer lodged charges against Dr. Goewey in the fall of 2006 when he was principal at Riley Elementary School.

Dr. Goewey vigorously defended himself in a public hearing and after all charges were dropped, Dr. Goewey was assigned as the principal at Minetto in August of 2008.

However, Fischer petitioned the State Education Department to review Dr. Goewey’s license in 2009.

Now, an impartial panel in Albany has determined that Dr. Goewey “has the requisite good moral character to be a teacher and administrator in New York State.”

The ruling in Dr. Goewey’s favor concludes a six-year professional and personal ordeal for Dr. Goewey.

During the State Education Department review, the Board of Education of the Oswego City School District passed a formal resolution in support of Dr. Goewey as an “exceptional” administrator in Oswego.

Dr. Goewey is in his fifth year as principal of Minetto Elementary School and his twelfth year as a principal in the Oswego City School District.

Dr. Goewey completed his doctoral degree in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College and has published his dissertation and professional articles on elementary principal leadership practices.

Dr. Goewey was a winner of the 2012 Ralph C. Wilson School of Education Leadership Award at the Hooding Ceremony at St. John Fisher College.

“The board realizes how long this has been going on and I am grateful for the ongoing support of the Oswego School District Board of Education and the Oswego community,” he told Oswego County Today.

SAANYS represents more than 7,000 school administrators, supervisors, and coordinators. As a professional association, SAANYS is committed to providing direction, service, and support to its members in their efforts to improve the quality of education and leadership in New York State schools. SAANYS is the state affiliate to both the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).


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