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Board of Ed Hires Lawyer To Investigate Allegations Of Misconduct

Board hires outside counsel to investigate an allegation that a board member exposed confidential information.

The Kings Park Board of Education voted Tuesday evening to approve hiring a lawyer to investigate an allegation that a current board member exposed confidential information to a third party.

Board president Bill Motherway read a statement indicating that they were seeking outside counsel to assist in the investigation.

 “There are allegations that a current member of the board violated general municipal law, section 805-a (1) (b), by exposing confidential school board information to a third party. We are taking these allegations very seriously and are hiring outside counsel to assist us in an investigation,” said Motherway, reading from a prepared statement. 

Trustee Marie Goldstein, Tom Locascio and Motherway voted in favor of the hire. Steve Weber voted against the motion and trustee Liz Barrett, abstained. Barrett then made a statement.

“I won’t respond to these baseless allegations at the request of my attorney,” she said. The names of the parties involved or details of the allegations were not released by the board.

One audience member said  that recent behavior at board meetings were "setting a poor example" and others said they had a right to know about the expense associated with retaining a lawyer.

Attorney, Robert LaRusso, who was hired for the investigation was on hand to answer questions and after some debate disclosed that the retainer was $350 an hour at a total cost not to exceed $10,000, which according to Motherway would require further approval of the board.

District Superintendent  Susan Agruso said the board is obligated under the law to conduct an investigation. According to LaRusso, under the law, the details of the allegations cannot be disclosed, but after the investigation is completed if there is a need to disclose it publicly, then it can be disclosed.

“They have to hire an outside party, independent of the board,” said Agruso "That person hired is usually someone with a law background." Agruso said the decision to hire was made by the board and not the administration.

LaRusso said that these were "just allegations" and that it was "critical to spend time to investigate it properly."

"This was brought to us, we have a duty to investigate and that is what we’ve done," said Motherway.

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Liberty June 04, 2012 at 12:38 AM
kpmommy is that your name
Concerned about KP June 04, 2012 at 12:51 AM
You are hiding behind an anonymous name. Hypocrite!
jimmybrown June 04, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Sue agruso is to blame! She is destroying this community!!!She thinks she is above the hard blue color workers of this community...ummmm newsflash she is NOT! No one except for a select few even want her anywhere near this town .We can't stand her ther eis no denying this ,if you say different you are part of the select few and I feel sorry that you have also chosen to betray this community.This district is producing great graduated thanks to the PARENTS of this community not Sue Agruso that's for sure!Why don't Sue ever "face the music" she is the type of person to smile to your face and then stab you in the back ,I know first hand!Employees must work ,I agree with you .She also must work and do her own paperwork no matter how hard right. The mechanics have over 80 vehicles plus all the grounds equipment and any other equipment that breaks in the district,the groundsmen have 6 schools and the bus station to keep and only 3 groundsmen,so when everyone hears that she needs a secretary to "help" with paperwork to the tune of 80,000you can understand why we don't want to hear it ,or feel bad for that matter !Also as far as a cover up...there are many things going on in the head honchos office that should be exposed!
jimmybrown June 04, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I agree with you Kings Parkkid,your not spinning ....you are correct and the Sue Agruso lovers can't take it!
jimmybrown June 04, 2012 at 02:31 AM
just for the record there was no misconduct! This board member had lived here there whole life...they are not aloud to say hi to someone who works for this district???I am confused.I just think Sue Agruso wanted this board member gone and used every extreme to make it happen,this is what happens when you question her I guess you have your name tarnished and as she smiles her crocodile smile we all believe her...not me she is a phony .She needs to stop spying on her employees and just let them do their jobs.Let her do their jobs just for 1 week ...she NEVER could! Truth be told...This board member is probably the only one who is really looking out and concerned for the people of this community!!!!It is so sad that she would use her position like this to once again get what she wants and make another important strong speaking person with a voice...... out of her way!Everyone knows if you want to keep your job shhhhhh be quiet!!!If you have a voice your gone..done..it has been proven over and over!!!Can I get a copy of her review???I would like to read that!Oh ya she didn't need one.What happened to lead by example, ever other person who works for the district needs one , why not the superintendent??Hmmm very confused about that one!
jimmybrown June 04, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Is harassment a crime??Jjust saying,because that is what sue agruso did to her employees for weeks .She called meeting after meeting during work hours to question over and over again these employees.Forcing papers to be signed or else face termination,sure they got signed this is a hard economic time theses employees were scared and didn't wanna loose their jobs!That is a fact ! stalking and spying manipulation this is her game, this is what she does!! I am curious if these employees want to get a lawyer to sue for harassment will this also be covered by the districts $$$?
Diane Ambrosio June 04, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Most know exactly who the accuser is. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Who's the bully? Grow up already. Your ship has sailed.
dennis June 04, 2012 at 12:15 PM
like:)
Concerned about KP June 04, 2012 at 02:01 PM
This is all real important stuff but more important, what's up with that bow wow shop on Main St.?
Denise June 04, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I agree...LOL!!
KPLifer June 04, 2012 at 03:29 PM
It is time for outside directors. The "parkers", "townies", hatfields and mcoys just wont ever get along.
keith dratch June 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Guilianna, how dare you threaten to boycott a fellow KP'ers buisness because you don't agree with them? That just goes to show how shallow (for lack of a better word) a person you are. I use my real name when I post. I also own a BUISNESS in town. San Remo Gulf, and San Remo Service. I have served OUR community for over 40 years, and proud of it. Are you going to boycott me because you don't agree with my opinion? You may even be a customer of mine already. Grow up.
Bill M June 04, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Man do you know what stinks MORE the KP industrial smell???? The KP BOARD OF EDUCATION!!!! Phhhewwwwwww Now they STINK!
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Please refrain from personal attacks. Discussions should be on the story.
jimmybrown June 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM
the fact remains that Sue Agruso wanted this particular board member gone ,she used every means she had to do it ...case closed !Including spying ,lies and bullying!
jimmybrown June 04, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Spying on employees and taking their pictures would be harassment if I am correct, if it is done OVER and OVER ,and being called to constant meetings over and over during work hours to question bogus allegations leading to after work hours is also harassment .We all know that Sue Agruso wanted this specific board member gone because they questioned her one to many times and she used all her means to do it ...simple fact! Papers were signed saying a meeting took place by force with threats of loosing jobs and this is her proof!
lisa platti-fiorentine June 05, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Hmmmm.... My one and only post was deleted along with the one that prompted me to write. ........... Very Interesting.
Concerned about KP June 05, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Go back to Queens
Denise June 05, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Very interesting Lisa, I know it was there I saw it myself....This has gotten so very out of hand, what an embarassment we are to all the other communities. I never seen such selfish needs as I do here, Guillana or TDJ you should be ashamed of your behavior, going after someones business, never seen anything that low in my life. I for one will always support my fellow Kings Parkers in all they do, especially Melissa who is the most generous and kind person I have ever met. Can't same the same for you by your comments and rudeness to the people of this town.
KP Newbie June 05, 2012 at 06:17 PM
It is odd how quiet TDJ has been. She would normally post multiple entries at 3 am. It also strange that Giuliana (pronounced Joo-lee-ana) was misspelled as Guilianna (pronounced Gwee-lee-anna). Just saying...
Brian Rapp June 05, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Unfortunately, the manipulation, lies and mud slinging is EXACTLY what Kings Park is..
Brian Rapp June 05, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Obviously, Jimmybrown hates Sue Agruso for some reason and is accusing her based on hearsay and no evidence..
Brian Rapp June 05, 2012 at 11:16 PM
It is not a majority.... just a very loud, ignorant minority that has a problem with the BOE. Goldstein and Motherway are two honest hardworking people spending hundred of hours of their own time trying to make YOUR schools better for the sake of the children. If they feel that something needed to be investigated, then it had to be investigated. You all know NOTHING about the truth in this situation but you all sit here, accusing and ridiculing the Board with ANY knowledge of the FACTS. It is disgusting. When the truth comes out, will any of you apologize for your insensitive and ignorant attacks? No, you'll just all slither away like you always do, until you can come out of the woodwork and attack the next thing you know nothing about. I have NEVER seen a community as petty, accusatory and jealous as this one! It's embarrasing.
Brian Rapp June 05, 2012 at 11:17 PM
FINALLY, a voice of reason! Thank you AD
Maureen Collins Schurr June 05, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Here is REAL KP News: St. Joseph's will be having their last Mass in Travis Hall at 11am on Sunday, June 10th due to renovations. Mass in Travis Hall should resume in September/October. Hats off to Father Sean for keeping our Church beautiful! Maureen Collins Schurr
mary wellbourne June 05, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Is the new Brian Rapp the old Guilliana? I think so--how about you?
Maureen Collins Schurr June 05, 2012 at 11:31 PM
lol Dick! :)
kp June 07, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Has anyone gotten a chance to read the article in the Smithtown News today? What a perfect follow up. Fantastic! Amazing really.
kp June 07, 2012 at 07:22 PM
oops forgot to sign my name Rosey Treacy :-)
Annmarie Delmonte June 07, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Why can’t reporting just be truthful, or better yet where is the news getting their information. Don’t bother to get the facts, how about DON’T find out that the case cited in the paper forgets to mention that the woman had permission from the lawyers to do what she did. Better to mislead, misinform and distort the truth. Oh wait, that’s our local paper, that’s where we thought we go for TRUTH and unbiased reporting. Shame on you and wait until the truth comes out on the 12th – will you report your embarrassment when the truth comes out? PS. I know that it is not just one person- there are more people who know the truth already than you think.

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