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Child Porn Charge News to Phoenixville School District

PASD maintains its decision to move the middle school principal to a post in district office was not motivated by concerns about his personal conduct.

In a statement released on its website on Thursday, Phoenixville Area School District reiterated that it had no knowledge of the child porn charge levied against its former middle school principal until media reports surfaced on Tuesday.

It was not until Tuesday, March 12, 2013, as we read the news reports, that the District first became aware of the charges against Dr. [Troy] Czukoski and the nature of those charges.

The district added that in late October an inspector from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service served a subpoena on PASD seeking personnel information regarding Dr. Czukoski, but gave them no information on the nature of the charges.

The district also emphasized that its decision to move Czukoski from his former position as principal of the middle school to a post in district office in February of 2012 was not motivated by concerns about his personal conduct.

The district's full statement is below.

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By this time, you are probably all very much aware of the shocking and disturbing federal charges that have been filed against Dr. Troy Czukoski. This is a very sad situation for all involved.

It is typically not our practice to comment on matters involving individual employees or former employees of the District. This case is rather unique, however, and the District believes that a brief statement is appropriate under the circumstances.

The District became aware of a federal investigation for the first time when the news media reported in October of 2012 that Dr. Czukoski, at that time an employee of the Rose Tree-Media School District, was under investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service. As a result of news media reporting, the federal investigation, and the charges that have been filed against Dr. Czukoski, the District recognizes that questions have surfaced concerning what, if anything, our District knew about the behaviors that apparently led to these charges while Dr. Czukoski was employed by Phoenixville Area School District.

Quite simply and unequivocally, the District did not have any indication or suspicion that Dr. Czukoski was engaging in any conduct even remotely similar to that for which he is now charged. In February 2012, Dr. Czukoski was assigned to a central administration position and tasked with the launch and development of the District’s new Virtual Academy initiative – an important new initiative for the District. The change in Middle School leadership and the reassignment of Dr. Czukoski to his role as Director of Virtual Learning was in no way motivated by any knowledge or suspicion on the part of Phoenixville Area School District that Dr. Czukoski was engaging in the type of conduct for which he has now been charged.

Dr. Czukoski resigned his employment with the District to pursue his career goals in Rose TreeMedia in July 2012.

In mid-October 2012, the news media began reporting that Dr. Czukoski was being investigated by federal authorities for undisclosed reasons. In late October, an Inspector from the United States Postal Inspection Service served a subpoena on the District seeking personnel information regarding Dr. Czukoski. The District was not informed at that time as to the nature or purpose of the federal investigation. The District fully complied with the subpoena.

It was not until Tuesday, March 12, 2013, as we read the news reports, that the District first became aware of the charges against Dr. Czukoski and the nature of those charges. According to U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger, Dr. Czukoski was charged with one count of possession of child pornography. Let me be very clear: The Board of School Directors and the Administration of the Phoenixville Area School District would react with speed and certainty if there was any reason to believe an employee of the District might be engaging in any unlawful conduct, most especially conduct that was potentially harmful or detrimental to children.

The employee would be immediately removed from the District, appropriate authorities would be contacted that day, and the employee would not receive a recommendation from the District for another job. There is nothing more important to us than the safety and security of children, and we will always do everything in our power to protect them from any threat.

Goddess March 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM
"Dr. Czukoski noted that there is a need to correct disruptive behavior at the middle school. There are many early adolescent nonsense types of acting out, that should not be punitive. Middle School students are risk-takers, impulsive and it is necessary to look at alternative approaches. Having positive adults mentor these students will have a positive effect. The mentoring initiative would use silent mentoring. Adults in the school would adopt students, without the students knowing they are being mentored. They will talk to them and offer support."
harry finster March 17, 2013 at 06:19 PM
phoenixville high school ,the sargent schultze of high schools "i know nothing,i know nothing " but i want a lot of pay to know nothing
hacker70 March 17, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Fred= who is this Harry Finster you use- Why don't you just sign in as Fred Bretz-
Chris March 17, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Harry has quite an axe to grind with anything related to the district. Ignore it. More anonymous psycho babble.
Joe Smith March 17, 2013 at 07:45 PM
why not have an ax to grind with that school ............it is a piece of crap school.....nice building though
harry finster March 18, 2013 at 01:12 AM
just want to point out failure of phoenixville high school ,where i live you can chose your public school ,great valley is a fine school
Hey Jude March 18, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Phoenixville has a great school district. The administrators are excellent, the teachers are student-focused, and the students, some of the brightest in the nation, are well prepared to pursue their life goals. I do not for one second believe the district knew anything about Czukowski's problem before he left.
harry finster March 18, 2013 at 05:56 AM
phoenixville has a great school if you compare it to inner city philadelphia
Chris March 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Your comments just speak to your lack of knowledge of the facts. By any basis you review (test scores, children attending college, awards granted, curriculum, etc) it is in the top 10% of schools in the state. While it is in fact slightly below Connestoga and Great Valley by some of these same measuring sticks....it is not by much. You're certainly entitled to any opinion you choose to hold, however that's all it is as the facts simply don't bear you out. It's not 1978 any longer...
Muffins March 18, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Jude, I concur. I worked as an aide at one of the elementary schools. The administrators and staff are supportive. There is open communication and opportunities for the kids to excel and move forward. Bigger is not better. I went to a very large high school 30+ yrs. ago and you got lost in the shuffle. Phoenixville rocks!
harry finster March 18, 2013 at 03:10 PM
that school was so crummy in the good old days that it left me with a lifetime of disgust for it ,reading current news about it ,it doesnt seem much different ,students always knew which teachers to stay away from in a dark room and dr child porn sounds like one of them ,remember when you compare scores you are only comparing them to pennsylvainia which is a backwards decayed state
harry finster March 19, 2013 at 03:04 AM
i would check how things are "scored" you will find 2+2 does not equal 4
Chris March 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Well I appreciated your sentiments about the "old days" and your acknowledgement that history can often leave a bad taste in our mouths. However, I think you'd be extremely surprised. While not quite up to the caliber of a Connestoga or GV (to which I would give As) Phoenixville is a "B" with legs. It's made unbelievable improvements over the past 5-7 years. The Superintendent has the right strategy to acknowledge that there are educational AND business (i.e. tax) concerns and has surrounded himself with experts in those areas. I'd like to see a little more turnover on the school board but there are some great folks on there as well. As far as the scores go...fool me once maybe but year after year they show progress and not in any one area (they receive awards from a multitude of sources)
harry finster March 19, 2013 at 03:29 PM
wait til they bring the tech school kids back you will go to the real phoenixville grade DorF.i have a 40 year perspective and a very small minority of kids did well,the ones who did the best went to private school or didnt share in the low culture of the phoenixville school.
Joe Smith March 19, 2013 at 03:50 PM
and your role model is probably the catholic church
Joe Smith March 19, 2013 at 03:52 PM
yea a dumping ground for all the low life scum of p ville, that's all government schools are ment to be
Chris March 19, 2013 at 04:00 PM
But times change and what was the case from 1950-1990 doesn't make it the case in 2012. Do you have students there now? I can speak to the realities of current day. But it's clear you have an unwavering opinion. Fair enough.
John March 19, 2013 at 04:51 PM
you are such an idiot. Go away
John March 19, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Harry, you are such a loser...go kill yourself please. Make the world for children a safer place.
John March 19, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Wrong again harry, the biggest loser in the US....go kill yourself loser...make the world safer for children you sick pedophile freak.
John March 19, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Harry, you have no perspective, and no life, that's why yuo always come back and stomp on a town you have NOTHING to do with...pedophile.
John March 19, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Chris, Harry has no interest in facts. He left here 30 years ago, to flee child molestation charges. He monitors us from a far to see if his name comes up, it's actually Fred. He's a lunatic, Anyway, Phoenixville is doing great, I know a lot of gifted/talented students that are graduating and off to do a varity of things in college (Nursing, Law, Engineers, etc). Fred doesn't care about this, because I guess he had a bad experience, therefore he has to do his best to make it bad for everyone else.... he's failing miserably and it drives him crazy.
harry finster March 19, 2013 at 05:43 PM
john there are plenty of people that share my opinion ,they just arnt as outspoken i have offered to send you some money so you can receive therapy and deal with your child molester psychosis as seen by reality the deviate people exist in your town not mine
John March 19, 2013 at 06:55 PM
That's a great attitude. "Uh, yeah, there are a lot of people who agree with me, they just aren't saying anything to me" What a loser. Harry, kill yourself. And,I'm not the child molestor, you are, as you admitted too...... give the money to a gun shop, buy a gun, kill yourself you sick freak.
John March 19, 2013 at 06:56 PM
what a loser you are joe.
harry finster March 19, 2013 at 11:18 PM
are you saying 1950-1990 the school was below standards ,run like a right wing gulag to create mindless factory workers ?

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