Colonie Central coach faces drug charge

Friday, March 21, 2014
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— A long-time Colonie Central High School teacher and varsity basketball coach was arrested on a cocaine possession charge and has been placed on administrative leave, the South Colonie School District said.

On its website, the district said it was notified Friday that James Boland, 55, an employee since 1996, was arrested by Albany police on a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The arrest took place off of school property, and the issue did not affect any on-campus events with the students, school officials said.

Boland is a social studies teacher as well as the boys varsity basketball coach. The Albany Police Department said he was arrested about 8 p.m. Thursday and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, cocaine. It is a Class D felony charge.

“While the district cannot and should not speculate, we must act in a manner which protects the well-being of students while the questions and details of this issue are answered following a legal process,” South Colonie Superintendent Jonathan Buhner said in a released statement.

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