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Bangor High band boosters raise $61K to replace 40-year-old uniforms

The Bangor Area School Board has approved buying new marching band uniforms.

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When tortured tales of drug abuse don’t end in tragedy

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Farmers’ market springs from Bangor success stories

A grassroots effort of residents and business owners will bring the market downtown from May to October.

Starting next month, a weekly farmers’ market featuring local produce and…

Bangor sewer panel moves to end legal fight with borough

The Bangor Authority reorganized and looked to stop a months-long fight.

The Bangor Authority is ending months of litigation with the borough regarding control of sewer and …

Slate Belt man allegedly stole donation canister from Wawa, report says

More than $100 was inside the container, the Pocono Record reports.

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Bangor woman charged with drug crimes in March stop

McCall Wyandt, 25, was wanted on a warrant issued in April in the March 7 traffic stop in Palmer Township, court records say.

A Bangor woman was arraigned Friday on drug cha…

Man who bolted from hospital in handcuffs captured, police say

A second fugitive was also arrested, and the investigation allegedly led to a meth lab in Bangor.

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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. (lehighvalleylive.com 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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