Business manager termination hearing continued to February

By Kim Lincoln | Jan 23, 2014
Photo by: Kim Lincoln Auditor Ron Smith of RHR Smith & Company of Buxton testifies at the termination hearing Jan. 23 for RSU 13 Business Manager Scott Vaitones.

Rockland — After more than three-and-a-half hours of testimony by a Buxton auditor, the Regional School Unit 13 Board voted to continue the termination hearing for Business Manager Scott Vaitones on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

RSU 13 attorney Campbell Badger and Vaitones' attorney Bryan Dench questioned auditor Ron Smith of RHR Smith & Company until about 10 p.m.

Given the board still needs to hear testimony from Superintendent Lew Collins and Vaitones before heading into closed-door deliberations on whether to terminate the business manager's job, they agreed to continue the meetings in February.

They will be held Feb. 12 and Thursday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m.

Vaitones was put on paid administrative leave Nov. 14 after he said he informed the board and superintendent about over expenditures in the special education program. Collins has denied the claim.

Badger previously stated Vaitones failed to properly monitor a growing deficit in the school lunch program ($319,000), and improperly reported health and dental accounts as well as other errors in missing budget lines and journal entries. These errors, Badger said, have led to a $500,000 decrease in the fund balance. Fund balance, or surplus, is often used to help offset increases in property taxes to homeowners.

Collins, who resigned Dec. 31, will serve his last day with the district Feb. 15.

Courier Publications Copy Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at klincoln@villagesoup.com.

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Posted by: russell g york | Jan 24, 2014 20:20

good bye



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