The fact that two Utica City School District officials have now been arrested and charged with stealing taxpayer dollars for their own benefit is despicable and it should prompt all of us to ask some serious questions.
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, and the New York State Police today announced the arrest of the long-time superintendent of the Utica City School District (UCSD) Bruce Karam, and the former Utica Mayor and UCSD School Board President Louis LaPolla for allegedly using taxpayer funds to pay for political campaigns and a non-school related fundraiser.
Utica Schools Acting Superintendent Brian Nolan confirmed several allegations made in the investigator's report into Superintendent Bruce Karam on Monday, one day before the report is officially presented to the Board of Education. Karam has been on administrative leave with pay since October of last year.
Utica School District Superintendent Bruce Karam, who is now on administrative leave, has withdrawn a lawsuit against the four board members who voted to place him on leave, according to Attorney Michael Arcuri.