Police: Local principal falsified teaching credentials

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Updated: 7/14 5:44 pm
NORTH GREENBUSH, N.Y. – Police arrested a local high school principal for allegedly falsifying his teaching credentials. 

According to North Greenbush Police, Herman McLean was arrested on Saturday on several charges after a month-long investigation.

The investigation revealed that McLean, the principal for Vanderheyden Hall School on Cooper Hill Road, falsified his teaching credentials, according to police. 

Authorities said McLean was employed as a math teacher at the school in June 2013 before he was hired as a provisional principal on January 1, 2014. He held the position for approximately four months, when school officials discovered the documents may have been falsified during a standard yearly check.

Karen Carpenter Palumbo is the CEO of Vanderheyden, a school for troubled youth.

“We identified discrepancies, and we reported them to not only the State Department of Education but also the authorities, so that it could be dealt with,” she said.

The Chief of Police said he has concerns this is not the first time McLean has secured a job with false paperwork.

McLean’s Facebook page state he attended three Florida universities and graduated with a Master’s degree in 2013. Police claim the 36-year-old purchased degrees online and also falsified a certificate from the NYS Department of Education.

McLean has been arrested and charged with Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree, Forgery in the Third Degree, and five counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Third Degree.

He was released on his own recognizance. 

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