SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Agents from the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals Office and state police arrived at the Scranton School District Administration Building just after 9:30 Tuesday morning. More than a dozen agents spent most of the day coming-and-going from the building. District leaders say they were given no advanced warning of the raid.
Dr. Alexis Kirijan, Scranton School District Superintendent told us “From the very beginning, we’ve said that we would cooperate 100-percent with whatever the Attorney General needs and that’s exactly what we’re doing”
Investigators have not said exactly what they were looking for but agents did sign into the visitors log book, saying they were going to the school board secretary and district transportation directors offices. The districts busing contract has been the source of controversy and criticism.
“I don’t think it’s surprising that’s an issue the Attorney General might be looking into. It’s a huge chunk of our budget and has been for a long time so I’m encouraged for them to look at anything again just so we can’t get through the past problems and figure out how to move forward in a better way” said Paige Cognetti, Scranton School Board Member
It’s clear by this raid, state officials still have their eyes on the district. In September, the districts former fleet manager, Dan Sansky, was arrested for over-billing the district and billing them for work done on the personal vehicles of employees. At that time, officials said their investigation was not over and now the spotlight is back.
“Of course it’s a concern that there is a negative aura around our district right now, but like I said, we are focusing on the future. We have wonderful educators and wonderful students and a great community” noted Katie Gilmartin, Scranton School Board Member
The superintendent says this is not the first time agents have visited this administration building. They have been there four to five times before today’s visit