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Harrisburg, PA

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale yesterday said he is appalled the Scranton School District Board of Directors continues to violate the public’s trust according to DePasquale. Wednesday night, the board voted to hike taxes and later violated its own policies by installing a new board member without public comment accoding to DePasquale.

“The actions taken at last night’s meeting solidify the Scranton school board’s standing as the worst in the state,” DePasquale said. “The board has shown a complete disregard for students and taxpayers.

“If I had the authority, I would dissolve this board. Since I do not, it is important that state leaders and the great people of Scranton hold this board, and the actions it has taken, accountable.”

“While in Scranton earlier this month, I put the district on notice that I am watching what they do. I’m surprised residents aren’t storming the district today with pitchforks and torches after the board’s latest shenanigans.

“I will not stop speaking out until the culture of corruption at the district changes. I am again imploring district officials to focus on what should be their primary purpose: educating students.”

DePasquale today further commented on the Scranton School District Board’s meeting Wednesday night:

“I have been a proud supporter of greater investments in public education. This has been my track record in public life and will continue to be, no matter what.

“It is the behavior such as we are seeing in the Scranton School District that makes it easier for opponents of public education to cut funding. Students and taxpayers in Scranton deserve better.

“I will continue to focus on making sure that every available dollar of education funding gets into classrooms to help students learn.

DePasquale went on today further commented on the Scranton School District Board’s meeting Wednesday night:

“I have been a proud supporter of greater investments in public education. This has been my track record in public life and will continue to be, no matter what.

“It is the behavior such as we are seeing in the Scranton School District that makes it easier for opponents of public education to cut funding. Students and taxpayers in Scranton deserve better.

I will continue to focus on making sure that every available dollar of education funding gets into classrooms to help students learn.”

In October 2017, DePasquale issued a scathing 107-page audit of the district that included nine findings and 38 recommendations for improvement, and had led to first-degree felony charges against the former Scranton School District fleet manager who was in court just this week facing a preliminary hearing.