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TELL US: What Do You Think of the School Department's Bidding Issue?

The Attorney General's office announced a settlement last week.

If you're at all on the up and up on goings on in the city, you've probably heard that has reached a settlement for alleged violations having to do with public construction bids.

A press release from Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office last week indicated that "beginning no later than October 2006 and continuing through December 2010, the Building Services Department of the Salem Public Schools engaged in practices that violated the public construction bidding laws for various construction and maintenance services."

"This matter came to the attention of the AG’s Office through a former employee of the Salem Public Schools in the spring of 2011," according to the release.

The Attorney General stated issues included failure to put out formal bids from projects along with other problematic practices.

Read the whole press release here.

On Monday the Salem News reported Timothy Sheehan, the former school business administrator said the issues were known as early as 2009.

The outlet also reported Mayor Kim Driscoll said efforts have been made to rectify any issues regarding bidding as they come about.

What do you think of the issue? Do you have any thoughts? Tell us in the comments.

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KlassySalem August 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Why hasn't the department head been fired, or even heard from? 10s to 100s of thousands of dollars wasted? Someone has to pay.
chester suchecki August 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM
the dept head wont get fired just relocated to another job in the city. there are too many good ole boys so to speak in salems government and getting fired is not acceptable practice.
gene August 14, 2012 at 03:35 PM
What did the Mayor know and when did she know it? This sounds too much like the days of Usovicz when he allegedly ordered Bruce Guy to cook the books. How does Herb Levine fit into all this? These problems may go all the way back to his regime. didn't he hire L'Heaureux
john August 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
In Salem, the mayor calls the shots. No reason to look beyond her.When department heads do things ,it' because that's what she want's them to do.
Erin Go Brah August 22, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Mr. Paul L'Heaureux is first and foremost a gentleman who works 14 hour days very often. Mr. Sheehan had to sign off on everything and if he didn't or wouldn't, someone on a higher level such as the Superintendent or the Mayor would have had to. Please, never believe what you read, hear or think you have seen.....The Salem News' job is to sell newspapers and thus, they often do not tell the "other side" of the story!
KlassySalem August 22, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Please share. I'd love to hear both sides.

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