I have received a copy of the full, yet redacted, 661 page result of the $10,000 investigation into the supposed wrong-doing that Farmington School Board Member Timothy Burke was accused and later censured for participating in. The new board has reopened the investigation following their concerns that Mr. Burke may have been unfairly censured being that the full report was not made available to the board prior to their vote.
The 661 page document is disorganized, poorly constructed and includes interviews and attachments, many of which are duplicated and repeated after each interview portion instead of being in easily referenced appendices. In addition to the poor design and layout of the document there are the glaring errors which would be permissible in a document created by an overworked district staffer but not by an investigator originally charging over $14,000 for his work.
From the redacted document on page 282:
[REDACTED] is also concerned that e-mails that are sent to Mr. Burke may result in violations of Code of Conduct. While the Code of Conduct is subject to interpretation, often times, e-mails sent to Mr. Burke end up on the “Lazy Lightening” (sic) website (attached). [REDACTED] uestioned (sic) how one can build trust when Mr. Burke is publicly critical of the [REDACTED] does not object to providing information to Mr. Burke, but it ought to be treated respectfully and professionally. For example, Mr. Burke’s comment in the Lazy Lighting (sic) website where he responded to the investigation by stating “Game On” seems somewhat disrespectful and unprofessional.
You can view Mr. Burke’s comment which is referenced above here.
Feel free to read through the entire 661 page document and look over the previously posted Executive Summary provided by the district. Discuss your thoughts and whether or not access to the full document provided you any additional insight into the allegations against Mr. Burke.
Once you do that decide whether you feel that the district was right in paying the investigator $10,000 for the work he did when looking over the claims of Mr. Burke’s alleged misconduct. While Mr. Burke said that the decision about whether he violated the Code of Conduct is up to others, do you believe that some of the interviewees’ suggestions that he was in violation was enough to censure him? Do you believe that ISD192 purposefully withholds information from the public? Finally, do you find it absolutely hilarious that a document which was originally meant to set ISD192 back $14,394 could not even spell “Lazy Lightning” correctly/uniformly? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.