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Former Phoenixville Middle School Principal Under Federal Investigation

There are no details yet on the allegations against Troy Czukoski.

Former Phoenixville Middle School Principal Troy Czukoski is being investigated by the US Attorney’s Office and Postal Service, Media Patch is reporting.

According to the Delaware County Daily Times, Czukoski was placed on leave from his current position as principal of Springton Lake Middle School, a Rose Tree Media School District school, on Thursday night. District parents learned of the news from a recorded message they received.

There is no information available at this time regarding the nature of the investigation but, according to the Times, Rose Tree officials suggested in their message that they don’t think Czukoski’s presence ever compromised the safety of Springton Lake students.

On Friday morning, Phoenixville Area School District superintendent Alan Fegley sent a letter to parents letting them know that the district is aware of the investigation. Fegley said the district doesn’t have any information on the specific allegations, but will cooperate fully if contacted by authorities.

Czukoski—who was profiled by Patch in September—served as principal of Phoenixville Middle School for seven years before moving to district office. He accepted the Springton Lake position in July of this year.

Tim Andrews October 19, 2012 at 06:29 PM
This story is not about how Troy Czukoski was or was not an effective principal when he was at the middle school. It's about how he is being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Postal Service. Somehow I fail to see how those two things are connected.
. October 19, 2012 at 06:47 PM
If he was stealing and/or running scams that are serious enough to draw the attention of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Postal Service, it stands to reason he may also not have been the most diligent Principal. Not to mention that just seeing his name here seems to have stirred some memories of people he screwed over in the past. Now do you see the connection?
Tim Andrews October 19, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Yes, Richard. Your reasoning was just amazing. I'm surprised I didn't think of that myself in the first place. Federal investigation = bad employee.
. October 19, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Tim, I guess in your line of work federal investigations are routine. For most of us it is a red flag. The fact that several other parents felt compelled to share their personal stories of this guy not doing his job is also a red flag. The ride is now over so please step off my jock. Thank you. Have a nice weekend.
Tim Andrews October 19, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Maybe you're like the typical Phoenixville resident: Has trouble reading and comprehending things. I didn't see it in this story — but maybe you have a different version than I do — but it didn't say anything about the federal investigation being tied to his current or former job. The investigation could be associated with something he did on his personal time. But school districts, just like police departments and other publicly funded entities, typically place employees on administrative leave when there is something of this magnitude. The ride has been fun. You also have a good weekend, Dickie Bird.
Wendy October 19, 2012 at 07:25 PM
This only thing I could say is.....IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!
Melissa October 19, 2012 at 08:59 PM
My daughter was a student under Dr. C's term at PAMS. We never had anything but pleasant interactions with him, and it was nice to see him in attendance at school functions, often with his family. As someone mentioned, I don't think he thought his name was too difficult for the kids, he was just being personable. But that's really neither here nor there as regards this article. @Tim Andrews - I wouldn't be so quick to paint the "typical Phoenixville resident" with such a broad brush. It's offensive to those of us who have no trouble at all understanding, speaking and writing with clarity. With the Postal Service involved in the investigation and the SAG, I have a pretty good idea of what the allegations may be, but I won't speculate. However, the statement put out by his current district that "no children were endangered" leads me down a specific path and concerns me. I believe he was placed on leave to cover the school district's behind - so that his current issues would not affect the workings of the district, nor cause people discomfort that he was present with their children during the course of the investigation, should it turn out to be something ugly. It's both pro- and re-active, and something I fully expected. I'm curious to see what the allegations are.
Marti Wagner October 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
ok, I will clear it up. Due to persistent, severe bullying that my child experienced throughout his 3 years at PAMS and IEP issues, I had numerous conversations with Dr. C. Early on, I did, in fact, ask him why he choose to have the students address him as Dr. C and he answered that he believed it would be easier for the kids.
Matt H. October 20, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I have only praise for Dr. C. He was an absolute pleasure to deal with. My child experienced bullying and both he and his staff did a great job dealing with it. They were all extremely professional. It sounds like several people posting comments on here didn't have the same experience. Seems to me that they have a vendetta against him. I am familiar with the girl whose Mom complained about her being bullied. i know for a fact that her daughter was more of the problem then the bullies. All that being said, I'm very curious about the investigation.
Jay October 20, 2012 at 08:42 AM
I am a teacher and a parent. While I have had no contact or interaction with Dr. C, I believe everyone should set aside their personal issues and quite frankly keep their mouths closed and wait until they hear more information. I am absolutely agree that bullying should be handled forcefully and immediately and that IEPs should be followed to a T. Just wait to find out more. As for you Tim Andrews...where are you from? My guess is Prickville. You are an arrogant SOB! Who the hell do you think you are talking about people from Phoenixville like that....you need to STFU!
Ike October 20, 2012 at 09:06 AM
Hey Timmy , you sound like your are a typical buttmuncher and sissy.
Jennifer Daywalt October 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM
You are either speaking of my daughter or Marti's child. I suggest if you have information regarding the bullying situation at PASD that our children - or the 15 other parents who contacted me in confidence because they didn't want their children to suffer additional issues when I wrote that blog who had bullied children - you go directly to the parent and not hide behind just a first name. I also suggest you know all the details first hand before making a statement about someone's child. So go right ahead...give me a call...give me the FACTS that you seem to THINK you know. I happen to KNOW much more regarding that situation as well as a few others. When PASD promptly responded to my blog, as it was the only way I was able to get the attention needed for the situation, I supplied that information. I applauded their efforts for instituting the phone line that the kids and parents could call if there was a situation. They also went on to provide a anti-bullying campaign. My only intention was to provide relief for my daughter. I simply responded to seeing his name in the article and on the news regarding my PERSONAL, IN PERSON, experience with him. I could care less what you think of my opinion, but I have a right to it. I said nothing about the charges he is facing as I know nothing about them personally. I stick to what I KNOW, not what I THINK I know. I have no vendetta against anyone. What a ridiculous statement.
sunshine October 21, 2012 at 01:08 AM
hold up.......you are being very unfair......my daughter was told by these bullies on a class trip to go f herself and other various statements....what do you have princess daughters or sons who are of the popular crowd.....who's parents drive in the fancy cars, have debt out there butts.... please until your child is bullied and made to feel less then what they are dont bother we dont even hear your statements. You have no clue....
Matt H. October 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Ill quote you; "He was horrible."when he lef it wasn't anyone's loss." no vendetta??? yeah right. Next you'll start complaining about Dr. Parkinson.... who by the way is a great Principal. My child was repeatedly bullied. My wife and I tried to let her handle it on her own but It only got worse. We gave her advice and guidance but that didn't work either. Once she(my child) went to her teachers and administration, it got fixed. They were extremely professional and knew what they were doing. I had 2 meetings with Dr. C, Mr. Kramer and a teacher. They updated me frequently by email and phone calls. I have nothing but high praise for them and the education my old received at PAM'S. I've spoken to other parents who have the same view as me. Why is it that we were happy but you were dissatisfied?? A kid telling another one to go f themself is difficult to stop. Bullying goes on in every school across the country. PAM'S does its best to control it. Again, I ask why you didn't get the same result. Could it be you have unrealistic expectations? Could it be your child was part of the problem? Could it be the way you handled the problem? I was a chaperone on the class trip that Sunshine was referring to. The staff and teachers did an excellent job. For the most part it ran very smoothly .. .especially considering the amount of kids. Sunshine-obviously you are a bitter person and jealous of others. In sure your child has the same views. Good parenting skills!
sunshine October 21, 2012 at 02:31 PM
really? no I am not jealous of others at all never have and never will be....I take pride in the way I raise my children and if you know me and my 4 daughters you would know this...lHow dare you make these statements with out knowing who my children are or me. You and I know that some of these children who bully others have issues. If I ever caught my children teasing or calling others names they would be disciplined....go ask the school about all my children you will be pleasantly suprised to know they are honor students, ap students volunteer in our area, well mannered and very well liked. And I adore the principle I never had a problem with the principle in ? So you need to watch your words and if your son or daughter was bullied (because the first time you said son, 2nd statement daughter) I understand my daughter just ignores them cause there opinion of her does not matter. She is surrounded by a loving caring family. Wow I still cannot believe what you wrote cause you honestly have no clue. At least my statement about wealthy children who tease others who are less fortunate is true.
Alexandra Schmidt October 21, 2012 at 02:37 PM
As a student at PAHS, I would just like to say that the bullying I saw in the middle school into high school hasn't declined, kids are going to be kids no matter what unless we take action. I have strong faith however, that there is help available to the children that are victims and that action will be taken against those that choose to perpetuate this vicious cycle that leaves many children hurt. I would like to point out to everyone that the most essential thing we as a community can do to solve the problem is to raise your children with respect! If we did this, if you took the time to teach acceptance and kindness, the Phoenixville community would be a much more welcoming place. It starts with the parents, please do your job correctly and for those of you that do, thank you!
Lisa Longo October 21, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Alexandra, thank you for this comment. It does start with parents. I have a rule for my daughter, if you see someone being bullied or teased, go and defend that person, invite the new kids to sit with you at lunch. If someone seems lonely or sad, is being isolated or ignored, befriend that person. And I hope that I show her those same qualities in how I live. We all need to be more empathetic and understanding, every one of us can model the behavior we want to see. And I am sorry that some parents felt their concerns were not met, I think this is a much larger conversation and am planning to start a monthly community potluck, I call it "What Matters Most", a time and place to come together and discuss issues and develop strategies, would anyone be interested in a discussion group on bullying?
Alexandra Schmidt October 21, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Lisa I'm relieved to hear that you instilled those values in your daughter, she is going to grow up into a wonderful woman surrounded by great friends! You should be proud! I'm behind you 100% on that idea, if you decide to do it and need any help let me know. It wouldn't be hard to spread the word and it could do a lot of good, from the comments I've seen on here I think we could all benefit from some discussion on bullying to help everyone understand and connect on their issues and experiences from what they and their children have gone through.
Lisa Longo October 21, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Great Alexandra, my email is lisa@consultcts.com, My plan is to look for a space and have the potluck the last Sunday of the month from 6 to 8pm, hoping to have somewhere in the Borough, I am going to ask St. Peters & other churches, maybe the civic center, any suggestions are appreicated. I also have an idea for Teen First Fridays, want to find space for that as well.
Jennifer Daywalt October 21, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Matt, unfortunately any information you have provided regarding your child's situation is completely discredited due to the fact that you don't know whether you have a daughter or a son that was bullied. Your latest response indicates that it was your daughter. After my blog on bullying you indicated it was your son. I want it to be known that I in no way stated PASD was not a good school or the children do not obtain a very good education. I have 5 children who have either finished PASD or still attend. Only one had a problem w/bullying. I further stated that I immediately released the information regarding the steps that the administration took. Of course there is this type of situation in every school & while I brought to light the personal situation w/my daughter I was just as quick to bring to light the immediate response of PASD. Since we are now throwing names around I want to make it clear that Mr. K as well as Mrs. Keenan were wonderful & helpful. After raising 5 children I can say that my expectations were far from unrealistic. I don't feel it is unrealistic to want your child to attend school without having items stolen, clothes ripped & a consistent plague of fowl mouthed kids in her face at any given time. We obviously have a different definition of "vendetta". One statement does not qualify as that type of situation. If I had a vendetta I would have hounded/followed him on a regular basis. Below are your comments from my blog:
Jennifer Daywalt October 21, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Jen. Sorry to hear what your daughter is going thru. I sympathize.My 8th grade son went thru a similar situation at PAMS. However, our outcome was quite different. He was bullied by 3 kids(all friends) the entire year. He spoke to his counselor many times. She always had an open door and was very helpful. My wife and I spent many nights counseling him and offering tools to cope. Nothing worked. It seemed to be escalating. Finally, he drummed up the courage to fill out a bullying form. The faculty, and admin at PAMS was wonderful. Once they had all of the details they swiftly sprung into action; updating me during the whole process. I was impressed with the professionalism of the 8th grade counselor, teachers & assistant principal. I'm not sure why your dealings have been so different. I was also a chaperone on the 8th grade trip. I was shocked by how smoothly it went for such a large group.The teachers were fantastic and kids well behaved for the most part. I was disappointed to hear about the student who threatened your daughter's friend. Alot of people read this blog and although I feel badly for you, I think it's important that the public hear a positive outcome. I feel like my son has had a great education in a safe enviroment these past 3 years at PAMS. He was at private for elementary(I was nervous about public) but I was plesantly surprised! I wish I could help. My best to you and your daughter.
Marti Wagner October 22, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Lisa, your plan to promote communication and understanding in the community is great. I no longer live in Chester County. My experiences with Dr. C were during his first 3 years at PAMS. I do hope things have greatly improved since then.
Peter Trantel October 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Things that make you go "Hum"
Peter Trantel October 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Where there is smoke there is usually fire
Peter Trantel October 23, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Sad situation
Peter Trantel October 23, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Where do we go from here
Prefer Anonymity October 25, 2012 at 04:54 AM
I came across these posts as I looked for an update on the investigation & noticed a lot of animosity among parents regarding bullying in the school system & "Dr. C's" character. I don't live in your area (not in the NE)...but I am the mother of a precious boy, not of school-age quite yet. I was bullied as a child, so I remember. I want to challenge you all to think about somethings, if I may, & have to be honest (as I have never done this kind of thing before) that I fear I will be verbally attacked by someone, or many people. What I want to say is this: It is so, so easy to judge each other. The reason for the investigation hasn't been revealed to the public but it can't be good or else he would not have been asked to take leave... People who have had positive experiences with him are waiting, anxiously, hoping it isn't what they "think" it is (or worse), while those who were not impressed with him based on their negative experiences may be waiting to say, "A-ha!.. I knew he was a ______!" Resist being so ready and quick to judge, or feel that anyone deserves a certain fate. Each one of us, if we are honest, has done something we are not proud of; something we wish we could do again differently, or not at all. The difference may be that you didn't get caught. Has this person done some good things? If he did something really deceptive or disturbing, is he defined by that ONE thing? Could he have done something really bad and genuinely care about his students too?
Marti Wagner December 27, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I am not judging or wishing any ill will or fate. Only sharing facts of my interactions with this person. Right or Wrong? Perhaps. His name in the news brought back unpleasant memories for me. I did have other children in the Phxvle school district who were exceptional and it was very easy for administrators to treat them well. My child with special needs was not easy, and was let down daily by peer, their parents and the educated professionals.
Mike December 28, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Bullying...the most overused term of the century so far.
Goddess March 12, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Dr. C has a problem.

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