A Long Island school official is in hot water after being arrested Tuesday night for stealing thousands of dollars in camera equipment from Levittown Public Schools, Nassau County police said.
Ronald Kister, 37, of 43 Brook Street, Sayville, was an employed as the Director of Computer and Media Services at the Levittown Public School District until September 2012. Police said Kister had an employee order camera equipment valued at about $3,500, claiming the order was for another district employee. When the equipment arrived at the school district, Kister removed it from the building, cops said.
Kister left his job at the Levittown School District a short time later, but in early October, an employee inquired about the equipment. The district then discovered it was missing. A subsequent investigation led detectives to find that Kister gave the equipment to a female friend as a gift, cops said. The stolen equipment was recovered and Kister was placed under arrest without incident.
After leaving his $145,048-a-year job at the Levittown School District, Kister accepted a position in October 2012 at the Plainedge School District as the Assistant to the Superintendent for Instructional and Administrative Services, his online profiles said.
Telephone calls to Kister’s office in the Plainedge School District went unanswered Thursday morning and messages left were not returned, as of this writing.
The Levittown School District did not address specific questions regarding the theft. In a statement, Superintendent Dr. James J. Grossane said “It is the duty of the Levittown School District to ensure that all offenses and infractions against the district are reported to the proper authorities. We are then guided by the decision of those authorities. Therefore, as this is an ongoing investigation there will be no further public comment.”
Kister began his employment at Plainedge on Oct. 1, school officials said. In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Superintendent Dr. Edward Salina Jr. said Kister successfully passed a background check in October. He said Kister has been reassigned within the district and will continue to collect a salary. The district declined to provide any further details, saying “Since this is a matter of personnel involving an ongoing police investigation the district will have no further comments.”
Kister was charged with Grand Larceny in the fourth-degree and official misconduct. He is due in court to face the charges on Dec. 7.