The newest member of the Maryvale School Board Monday night blamed the board -- including himself -- for acting too quickly on a lease
Paul Matuszewski, attending his third meeting since taking his board seat July 1, said that in hindsight, he felt foolish for casting his vote with the majority on a new copy-machine lease agreement "with no specific
information" in hand.
Matuszewski blamed Assistant Superintendent David A. Gorlewski for recommending a five-year lease agreement with Comdoc Inc., totaling $204,000 for 10 copy machines.
Matuszewski claimed that the district could have saved $79,000 on the lease deal, "enough to hire three teachers."
Gorlewski, who has negotiated "off and on" on the copy machine lease for five months, defended his recommendation and predicted it will save the district money over the five years.
"I thought I was doing the best possible job for the district," Gorlewski said. He was supported by school's superintendent, Gary L. Brader.
Both Gorlewski and Brader claimed that Matuszewski's
figures were erroneous.
However, with the exception of Trustee Eugene J. Ciminelli who said rescinding the signed agreement now would destroy trust in the board, the other members agreed to some extent with Matuszewski's criticism of how the agreement was presented at a meeting two weeks ago.
Board President Grace E. Bodkin and Trustee Michael DiGiacomo agreed with a compromise proposed by Russell M. Carveth, that Gorlewski go back to Comdoc to get answers to board questions.