Brockton: School official resigns after controversial report is released

Brockton Public Schools Facilities Director George Bezreh has resigned, after a report from the Inspector General’s office accused him of violating several state procurement and ethics rules by awarding school contracts and construction work totaling $1.3 million to his friends and business partners. School Committee Vice Chairman Tom Minichiello says Bezreh’s resignation brings closure to a difficult situation.

“We are pleased that we do not have to have a protracted legal situation which would cost the system quite a bit of money,” Minichiello explains. “There’s really no winner or loser in these situations, because you would have to expend legal fees. The resignation on Thursday will put to an end, hopefully this unfortunate set of circumstances.”

The improper work practices took place at three Brockton schools between 2007 and 2010. According to Minichiello, the school district has taken steps to correct the process.

“We’ve implemented some changes a year ago with respect to the contracts and bids,” said Minichiello. “We have a person that monitors all that type of work and any work that’s been done and going to be done. They’re keeping books on all the individual projects and keeping track of who is doing what and when the dollar amounts have been fulfilled.”

While school officials in Brockton consider the matter closed, the state’s Attorney General’s office and the state’s Ethics Commission have not indicated whether they will take action against Bezreh at this time.

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Kevin Tocci is a Brockton area reporter and correspondent, and Host of Monday Night Talk which airs on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. on WATD.