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Bangor Area School Board debates former superintendent’s $142K no-show job

An auditor’s report criticized the district for paying the former superintendent.

Patricia MulroyA state audit of the Bangor Area School District found that former Superintendent Patricia Mulroy, seen here, was paid $142,608 for consulting work that she never performed. ( file photo) 

The Bangor Area School Board on Monday night discussed a state audit that found the former superintendent was paid $142,000 in salary and benefits for consulting services that were never performed.

The district and Patricia Mulroy came to an agreement in 2012 to end her contract as superintendent early under the condition that she be hired as a consultant at the same pay rate for the following year.

RELATED: Bangor paid ex-superintendent $142K for no-show job

However, the audit found Mulroy never performed any work nor did the agreement require Mulroy to perform any work.

Board member Ron Angle questioned district solicitor Donald Spry at the workshop meeting about the wisdom of the district entering into an agreement for which it received no benefit.

“Who the hell on our end drafted this agreement?” Angle asked.

Spry said, at the time, the board was presented with several options on how to split ways with Mulroy and it chose the one the audit criticized.

Spry said the district did receive a benefit from the agreement in that the district received releases of liability from any potential legal claims Mulroy might make. After the meeting, Spry said he could not comment about any potential liability the district protected itself against.

Board member Toni Lynch, who was on the board in 2012 and voted against the agreement with Mulroy, said he felt the district had a responsibility to try to recover the $142,000 that it spent for services that were never performed.

Board member Ken Brewer said the district did not hire another superintendent immediately after Mulroy stepped down and the district did not incur any greater financial obligation than if Mulroy had stayed on as superintendent.

The administration felt it was better to take care of business without Mulroy, Brewer said. He also said that in the years surrounding the agreement with Mulroy, the district operated with a budget surplus.

“We’re cautious with our money,” Brewer said. “The administration felt it was better, rather than seek her services, to handle it themselves.”

Spry said, due to a nondisclosure clause, the board was not able to comment on the specifics of the reasoning to end Mulroy’s term as superintendent and hire her as a consultant.

Angle said he had spoken to his own attorney and, since he was not a sitting member of the board in 2012, he was not bound by the nondisclosure clause and could expound on the circumstances if he chose.

Spry disagreed and said the nondisclosure applied to the district as a whole and Angle, as a current board member, was bound to it.

The district was permitted in the report to respond to the findings in the audit and challenged some of the audit’s conclusions.

The board will vote next week whether to accept the district’s response to the observations in the report.

John Best is a freelance writer. Find lehighvalleylive on Facebook.

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Bangor police cite 11 for trespassing at old quarry

Police said they cited 10 juveniles and an adult, all from nearby in New Jersey, for defiant trespass after they were caught in the so-called Seven Slopes of Slate quarry.


Bangor police clamp down on quarry trespassers, add new tool for rescues

Each of Bangor’s five police vehicles will be outfitted with a ResQ Disc, a Frisbee-like device that can be thrown to people in the water.

Last summer, Bangor police cited 41 people for trespassing at an old slate quarry whose high walls and remote location attract thrill-seekers from all over.

More of the same seems in store this year.

“Yesterday we caught kids getting out of a car at the CVS in swim trunks and carrying towels,” police Chief Scott Felchock said last week.

ResQ Discs for Bangor Police DepartmentPurchase of the ResQ Discs — they cost about $80 each — was enabled by a donation from Broad Excavating, of Bangor, police Chief Scott Felchock said. (Courtesy photo)Jim Deegan | For 

Because of the likelihood of water rescues, borough police are adding a new device to their toolkits.

The ResQ Disc is a Frisbee-like device attached to a nylon cord that rescuers can throw up to 150 feet to people in the water.

Each of the borough’s five patrol vehicles will be outfitted with a disc after the 10 officers undergo training this month, Felchock said.

“The idea is to get as close as you can when you throw it and pull them in,” Felchock said.

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Rescuers were called to an Eastern Industries quarry in Lower Mount Bethel Township last Sunday. A 22-year-old Ridgefield, N.J., man died after jumping off a quarry ledge, officials said.

Felchock said there’s no indication anything like a ResQ Disc would have made a difference there.

But with social media and YouTube videos drawing more and more people to the Slate Belt’s many abandoned quarries, he said, adding such a tool helps in being prepared for the worst.

Bangor has two quarries, Felchock said. The one between Routes 191 and 512, behind the CVS where the old Flory Mill used to be, has become a draw for its clear water, 100-foot-high walls and escalating levels where slate was once mined.

It’s known as the Seven Slopes of Slate quarry and has become a trouble spot for police, Felchock said. A swimmer was seriously injured a few years ago when he slipped on slate and fell into a crevice.

The quarry is fenced, but trespassers have made several breaks in it. The quarry takes about 20 minutes to reach from the road, and once there, it can take up to 30 minutes to get from the top to the bottom, the chief said.

“Every year you find new entry points, so it’s almost impossible to keep up with unless you patrol the perimeter every day,” Felchock said. “A large majority of the people who we arrested there are from Philadelphia or New Jersey. I don’t believe any of them were from Bangor.”

Felchock said the police department’s purchase of the ResQ Discs — they’re made by a Las Vegas company called Save A Life and cost about $80 each — was enabled by a donation from Broad Excavating, of Bangor.

Owner Dave Broad said he was happy to help. The 15-year-old excavating company contributes about $1,000 a year to the department and previously helped buy a bulletproof vest for a police dog, Broad said.

“Not every business can do it, but if you’re doing well, you should give back and we want to do what we can to help,” said Broad, who lives in Bangor.

“Our police department does a good job and they’ve really improved,” he said. “We’re lucky to have them.”

Like last year, Felchock said, police are establishing a zero-tolerance policy at the quarry. Anyone caught in or around it will face criminal trespassing charges that carry fines of more than $300.

“If we have to go back there and you’re there, you’re getting arrested,” he said.

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