Not So Fast: Now The City Council Will Consider Whether To Request An Investigation

Last night, despite what appeared to be considerable grounds to do so, the Woonsocket School Committee voted three to two against bringing in the State Police to investigate such matters as apparently falsified school budget surpluses and a vanishing termination clause.
Under my post reporting this irresponsible development, City Council President John Ward this morning advises that

The Woonsocket City Council will be considering a resolution to initiate an investigation into the financial and contractual issues of the Woonsocket School Committee. The city charter grants specific authority to conduct the investigation.

Upon my e-mailing him, Council President Ward clarified

Actually, the council will be taking sworn testimony from witnesses in order to determine if further action is needed, such as referral to the state police or other group. We are not asking for a state police or any other outside investigation at this point. The resolution will be on our agenda for Monday, April 2, 2012.

Good. And it makes sense that the Council has the authority to do so as it is the body which, by state law, has the authority to levy taxes and to set the amount of the school budget – a legal state of affairs which school committees and superintendents around the state have too often disregarded.

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Max D`
Max D`
9 years ago

Calling the State Police without any evidence of criminal activity would amount to getting a free audit for the city if they didn’t turn up anything criminal. They should hire an auditor and let them determine if their is anything there that reaches the criminal level. If they do, then they should call the State Police.

Max D
Max D
9 years ago

Help me out Monique. Maybe I missed it but do they suspect criminality or they just don’t know?

9 years ago

Considering who the sitting council members are, and their past record I would not expect them to put too much effort into an honest investigation. I’m sure they will be extremely selective in choosing the witnesses they want to interview.

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