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Cops: Gloversville school leader caught with meth

timesunion.com, March 3, 2014

The assistant superintendent of the Gloversville schools is on paid leave after being arrested Sunday on charges of possessing methamphetamine.

Frank Pickus, 57, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, was stopped at 6:41 p.m. Sunday near the Starbucks at 549 Troy Schenectady Road over traffic violations, Colonie Police Lt. Robert Winn said.

A search of his person and car revealed Pickus had less than a half-ounce of the drug, Winn said.

Pickus had been stopped for failure to stay in his lane and failure to signal a turn, the police spokesman said.

"The traffic violations were observed in the area of the circle," Winn said. "During the investigation into the traffic stop, they discovered he had a small amount of methamphetamine."

He also was charged with misdemeanors of possessing methamphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia, Winn said. Pickus also faces traffic violations and a traffic misdemeanor of driving with a suspended license.

Pickus acknowledged his role with the district, leading police to inform the Gloversville schools.

Gloversville Superintendent Michael Vanyo posted a notice on the district's website that Pickus had been placed on paid administrative leave.

The bulletin specified that Pickus was arrested in Colonie, but not the charges.

"As this is a personnel matter and an active investigation, the district is unable to provide further information at this time," the statement said.

Pickus was released and is due to answer to the charges Wednesday in Colonie Town Court.

The charges are misdemeanors, Winn said. To be a felony, a person must possess more than a half-ounce of the drug or be trying to sell it, he said.