CLIFTON, N.J. — The state has revoked the teaching license of Cody J. Holody, who was fired as the Clifton High School band director in 2015.
An investigation found photos from school security cameras depicting Holody and a student identified as "A" alone in the band office for more than three hours on three consecutive days prior to the student's June 2015 graduation.
The photos show Holody entered the band room wearing dress pants and a shirt and tie, and exited several hours later in shorts and a tee shirt. “A” was in the office the entire time.
One of the photographs also shows Holody and “A” sitting in her parked car for several minutes.
In November 2014, the school principal gave Holody written and verbal warnings not to spend time alone with “A” or any other student. The warning came after students complained that Holody favored “A” and was too friendly with her.
"Holody engaged in conduct that was suspicious at best, spending an inordinate amount of time with a student alone and appearing in different attire at the end of his time with her in the classroom alone," the board said.
"Moreover, after filing an answer, he never attempted to defend his actions, even though provided the opportunity for a full hearing.
"Since the allegations in the Order to Show Cause must be deemed admitted, the Board therefore concludes that the only appropriate response to Holody’s breach is the revocation of his certificates."
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