NRHS Planetarium Show
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District Statement Regarding Arrest and Indictment of Former ARAMARK Employee
May 23, 2017
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has announced the arrest and indictment of John Gallagher for alleged corruption in public contracting in connection with an independent contractor. John Gallagher was an employee of ARAMARK Management Services Limited Partnership, which for many years starting in the mid-1980’s held contracts to provide the School District with facilities management services. The indictment alleges that Mr. Gallagher received more than $150,000 in bribes (kickbacks) between 2009 and 2013 from an independent contractor which did business with the School District.
The School District has been cooperating with the United States Attorney’s Office in its investigation for approximately the last eighteen months, and has made voluminous records available to assist the prosecutors with their work. We will continue to cooperate and assist with the Government’s investigation and prosecution.
In July of 2014, the School District advised ARAMARK that it wished to replace Mr. Gallagher and the rest of the on-site ARAMARK team for unsatisfactory management and supervision. New ARAMARK personnel were provided, but the new School District administration remained unsatisfied, and the ARAMARK contract was terminated in its entirety effective June 30, 2016. Facilities management is now provided by highly-qualified School District personnel.
The contractor in question did repair and construction work for the School District for a number of years prior to 2014 as the low bidder on annual time and materials bids for repair and construction services. The School District ceased doing business with the contractor in question in 2013; and because the School District was generally dissatisfied with the performance of time and materials contractors, the use of time and materials bids was discontinued in 2014.
Since 2014, the School District has been operating under a new management team, including a new Superintendent of Schools, a new Assistant Superintendent for Business and Administration, a new Director of Environmental Facilities, and a new independent claims auditor.
The School District and the Board of Education fully support the Government’s efforts to root out public corruption, which victimizes the public and the citizens we serve, and steals from our students. If convictions or guilty pleas are obtained, the School District will be vigorous in pursuing any malefactors for damages sustained due to any corrupt activities.
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