The President of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School Board has been arrested for aggravated harassment.
Both Coeymans Police, and the school district have confirmed the arrest, and the Albany County District Attorney's office says the victim is the father of the school board's vice president, Joseph Tracey.
Our investigation revealed that this story is a tangled web full of 'inside baseball' information that no one is willing to share on the record just yet.
On Thursday night the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School was buzzing with activity.
There were several events happening on campus including a ceremony for honor students, but it was Vadney's arrest for aggravated harassment that had everyone talking.
One concerned mom said, "I think that they should have a thorough investigation into the matter, and appropriate action should be taken."
Coeymans police would only confirm that Vadney had, in fact, been arrested, instead referring all questions to the Albany County District Attorney's Office. The D.A. in turn said it was cross complaints of aggravated harassment filed between Vadney, and Tracey, who is the father of the school board's vice president.
The news did not sit well with local parents.
That RCS mom again said, "I mean, people are posting on Facebook about it, other parents in the district, and everybody says the same thing, that the school district 'deserves much better' than this."
In a statement, the district said, in part: "While this charge is disturbing if true, and the situation may be unsettling to the RCS community, it is important to remember that it is only an allegation at this time. The district will remain apprised of the situation as the investigation unfolds, but no action will be taken by the board until the appropriate legal process has played out."
But some insiders say there's much more to this situation than it appears.
One man familiar with the school district, who did not want to be identified said, "I personally, knowing the people that are involved in this, feel that it is a vendetta. I don't know the details of it, but it will come out, I'm sure, in due time."
Both men are due back in court later this month to answer the aggravated harassment charges.
The school board president John Vadney will face a judge at the Ravena Village Town Court on July 13th, while the father of that school board member, Joseph Tracey is set to be in Bethlehem Town Court on July 19th.