Pembroke: Controversy Over Board of Health Inspections at Town Schools

The Pembroke School Superintendent and Chair of the School Committee spoke at Monday night’s Board of Health meeting to address an incident that happened at three of the towns schools last week.

WATD’s David Cedrone files this report:


On Wednesday, March 7th Pembroke Board of Health member Gail McSweeney visited three of Pembroke’s schools to do what town officials are calling a unauthorized surprise inspection.

Pembroke Schools Superintendent Erin Obey and Chair of the School Committee Patrick Chilcott voiced their concerns that McSweeney did not check into the schools prior to entering, and without proper authorization.

They say she also showed staff a board of health badge that closely resembles a law enforcement badge.

Pembroke Board of Health member Gail McSweeney says she was brought to the cafeterias to ask questions about the schools generators.

School committee chair Patrick Chilcott says staff at the three Pembroke schools McSweeney visited say she did not sign in properly, McSweeney says she did sign in.

McSweeney stated she was concerned that after the storm last week and wanted to make sure the generators were running properly.

Chair of the Pembroke Board of Health Gary Fine made a motion to turn the three board members badges over to the town administrator and will look into an alternative identification the members can use in the future.

The unauthorized inspections by McSweeney will be discussed at the next board meeting according to Fine.







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About David Cedrone

David Cedrone started in radio at the campus of Rutgers University at WRSU. He also worked for the Rutgers newspaper The Daily Targum. After graduating from Rutgers he went to work as a newspaper reporter but found his true passion in radio news. He left WATD for a short time and went to work for CBS radio as a sales executive. David returned to WATD and says he has never been so passionate about his work as a radio reporter and fill-in anchor. David also reads news for TIC on Sunday mornings. David lives in Duxbury with his wife Stephanie and his four children.