YONKERS, N.Y. – Yonkers school officials recently terminated a teacher turned convicted kidnapper – nearly a year after he was sent to prison.
LoHud.com reports the Yonkers Board of Education officially terminated former teacher Goran Logan after he did not respond to disciplinary charges filed against him last month.
The nonresponse is undoubtedly because Logan is serving a 22-year prison sentence at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on multiple felony convictions for burglary and kidnapping. He was sentenced Jan. 6, and officially fired last week, according to the news site.
Yonkers officials refused to comment on the 11 month delay in terminating Logan’s employment, but Yonkers Federation of Teachers union president Pat Puleo said the former educator lost his teaching license long ago.
“Being unlicensed, I’m not sure why it’s necessary to terminate (Logan),” Puelo told LoHud. “I would say it’s to clean up the records.”
Logan, 43, worked at Palisade Preparatory School, a Yonkers high school, when he broke into a Manhattan apartment armed with a pistol and knives and held a man and two women hostage for eight hours. The then forced the younger of the two females to go with him to his apartment and she was later found outside his residence near Lexington Avenue, according to the news site.
He was convicted of second-degree kidnapping, as well as first- and second-degree burglary, for the May 16, 2013 incident. FindTheData.com shows Logan made $90,948 as a teacher in 2012.
It’s unclear what, exactly, took 11 months to process Logan’s termination, but other news reports show district officials were dealing with other criminal employees during that time, as well.
Former district transportation supervisor Anna Sollozzo, 53, is facing grand larceny and tax evasion charges for scheming with district contractor A Plus Transportation to scam substantial funds from the chronically cash-strapped Yonkers schools.
Zollozzo and A Plus owner William Ahern allegedly “created a fake bus route to the Nepperhan Community Center. Ahern would … invoice the district and Sollozzo would sign off,” prosecutors told LoHud.
“Meanwhile, Ahern secretly deposited $107,250 into Sollozzo’s bank account, prosecutors said. A Plus Transportation had a contract with the Yonkers schools totaling $2,805,612 between Sept. 24, 2012 and Feb. 7, 2014,” according to the news site.
Sollozzo pleaded guilty to second degree grand larceny and third degree criminal tax fraud this week and is scheduled to be sentenced in late April.
Sollozzo’s 2012 salary was $117,310, according to Find the Data.