The Raucci emails
Updated 5 p.m.
Under an agreement between the Schenectady City School District and two newspapers (The Daily Gazette and Times Union), thousands of emails to and from Steve Raucci are being released this summer.
We're posting some of those emails here. Because our access is limited to paper copies of the emails, which we're scanning, the reproduction is not as clear as we would like. Readers should also be warned that the emails include an occasional obscenity. We'll continue to add to this file as our review of the documents continues.
We're not clear how the school district has arranged the emails we're reviewing. For our purposes here, we've arranged them by year.
For the stories we've written about these emails, as well as for our comprehensive coverage of the trial back in 2010, click HERE.
This series of emails is heavily redacted. They're unreadable but they are HERE.
Here's some information on how Raucci acquired the title "director of facilities." You can read the March 2004 email to Michael Stricos HERE.
In this July 5, 2005 email apparently to his wife, Steve Raucci offers a draft thank-you message to Barry Kramer, then a surrogate judge, for officiating at the Rauccis' recent wedding. You can read the email HERE.
In this May 2005 email, Raucci's soon-to-be wife encourages him to calm down and not let his job in the school district consume him. You can read the email HERE.
In September of 2006, Raucci told custodians they would have a day off for Yom Kippur but asked them to remember the day off the "next time I ask for assistance passing a board or school vote." You can read the email HERE.
In this Dec. 11, 2006 email, Raucci denounces Gary DiNola, the school's athletic director. You can read the email HERE.
This memo from February 2007 notes how Raucci refused to handle a union member's complaint. You can read it HERE.
In this August 2007 email to Ely, SanAngelo and Stricos, Raucci talks about union reaction to a "mandatory" union meeting and concerns one member expressed about retribution. Read it HERE.
From Dec. 28, 2007, this memo outlines what Raucci had to say at a CSEA union meeting. Read it HERE.
In a March 2008 email exchange, Raucci talks about his dislike for hiring people from the civil service list. Read it HERE.
In May of 2008, Raucci instructed custodians to pull the plugs on computers that teachers and other staff failed to shut down. Administrators received copies of this exchange, which you can read HERE.
In a September 2008 email to a friend, Raucci talks about his reputation in the school district. You can read the email HERE.
In this September 2008 email to Joanne Puleski, Raucci talks primarily about the departure of Barbara Tidball, but also mentions employees he "finally got rid of." You can read the email HERE.
In December of 2008, Pat Paratore compiled this list of "non-team players" for Raucci. Read it HERE.
In January of 2009, Raucci advises "if you want to add a touch of fear with her, find a way to include my name in your conversation???" Read it HERE.
In February of 2009, Raucci explains that the only person his staff is concerned with pleasing is him. Read it HERE.
This exchange details Raucci's problems with the Rev. Carl Urban. Read it HERE.
This link includes 42 pages of emails on varying topics from 2008 and 2009: Click HERE.
There are many emails related to lost access cards. Here are a few, identified by document numbers provided by the school district numbering system: