Brockton: School District probes improper equipment use

The Brockton School Department has placed two employees on paid leave for the improper use of school department equipment.

An investigation is underway regarding the use of cleaning equipment that was used during the Christmas break. There have been allegations that the equipment was used at the Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton. According to School Superintendent Kathleen Smith, the probe will look at any further employee involvement and if the equipment was used more than once.

“One of the things that I have said publicly at this point is, I take this very seriously,” said Smith. “The public trust is important to us,  we are a public entity, our equipment, our materials are for the use of our students and our schools and if there is any wrong doing that is found, based on the facts that I have, there will be disciplinarian actions as is allowed under the law.”

Sources have indicated that former Facilities Director George Bezreh may also be involved. Smith says she’s currently investigating a report that the equipment may have been used by a cleaning company that Bezreh owns.

“I’ve had conversations with a number of people, I’m trying to investigate to get all of the facts that I can get so I can make an informed decision,” Smith said. “So at this time I cannot confirm that, I’m telling you that again, we’re taking it very seriously, whether its this instance or any other instances, I need to make sure I have all of the facts before a decision is made.”

Bezreh resigned last May from the school department, after the state inspector general’s office accused him of giving $1.3 million in work and contracts to business associates and friends. Smith is hoping to complete her investigation by later this week.

 

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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.