A report by the town’s internal auditor, criticizing the Board of Education’s financial practices and alleging potential conflicts of interest, was vetted and questioned by Board of Education members Monday night, with the majority of members and school employees asserting that it contained inaccuracies and half-truths and that the auditor overstepped his bounds in his recommendations.
The special meeting of the Board of Education was held in the Long Hill Administration Building and lasted about two hours. The report, submitted as a draft by auditor James Henderson and titled “School Facilities Snow Removal and Trumbull High School Building Construction Renovation,” was reportedly the basis for an ethics complaint Henderson filed that was later dismissed by the Ethics Commission. The report focuses heavily on the town’s facilities manager, Al Barbarotta of AFB Management, who also serves as owner’s representative on the Trumbull High School renovation. But the report also cites Board of Education chair Stephen Wright, retired Superintendent Ralph Iassogna, plant manager Steve Kennedy, and Trumbull High Building Committee chair James Nugent. Iassogna and others mentioned in the report attended the meeting. Henderson told the board he was unavailable to meet to discuss the report until November, a date after the election.