September 1, 2011 – “Upon learning of concerns raised over Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan J. Ingram’s contract and ‘side letters’ I had requested a legal opinion from City Solicitor Edward Pikula and asked that a review be conducted by the City’s Director of Internal Audit Mark Ianello. School Committee Attorney Melinda Phelps has issued an opinion and City Solicitor Pikula’s legal opinion had been released previously to the public.
This afternoon, I met with members of the Springfield School Committee in Executive Session and have reviewed the findings of Internal Auditor Mark Ianello. I have decided that it is important for these findings to be released to the public (a copy of Ianello’s report is attached) for review by anyone and any agency who may want to review the same.
I am concerned about another payroll error at the Springfield School Department and have directed the City’s Chief Administrative and Financial Officer, Lee Erdmann, to perform a complete review of procedures.
The facts surrounding this matter have been a distraction to the Springfield School Department and the most important thing is that we continue to move forward with our top priority of educating the students of the Springfield Public Schools.”