State Searches School District Building

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV)  Six hours. That is how long State Police agents with the State’s Attorney General’s office spent raiding the Scranton.  Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has our story.

Agents with the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals Office removed at least four boxes of evidence from the Scranton School District Administration Building just before 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. The seizure came after more than a dozen investigators spent about six hours inside.

“I am certainly happy to see the Attorney General taking action and while I’m sure this will be a very difficult issue to face, we need to do it” Said Katie Gilmartin, Scranton School Board Member.

Exactly what agents were looking for and what they took has not been released. The search may have something to do with transportation issues. That’s because investigators signed into the buildings log book saying they were visiting the offices of the districts transportation director and school board secretary. Before the boxes were taken out, agents were also seen removing pieces of computer equipment and taking them to a large van parked on North Washington Avenue.

  “I think the whole investigation is an encouraging sign, from the beginning we were pleased that some of the questions that were surrounding the school district were being addressed”  noted Dr. Alexis Kirijan Scranton School District, Superintendent

The not the first raid…. In May, investigators searched the garage of the districts former fleet manager. In September, Dan Sansky was arrested for over-billing the district. His case is still pending.

 “A couple months ago, attorney General Shapiro said there would be more to come and while it’s difficult to have this negative publicity around the school district, we have to get through this. We have to figure out what happened in the past in order to move forward” added Paige Cognetti, Scranton School Board Member

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