- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

BROOKFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Brookfield’s former Superintendent of Schools Tony Bivona will sue the school board over its unanimous decision to terminate his contract.

The News-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1D5kdXO ) that Anthony Bivona was placed on administrative leave in May and was the subject of five termination hearings. Complaints stemmed from the district’s $1.2 million overspending and the admitted mishandling of bill payments.

His lawyer, Richard Padykula, said the board will have to explain itself to a jury.

Padykula criticized the board’s actions to terminate Bivona’s contract that did not expire until June 30, 2016. He said auditors never informed his client of overspending problems.

The district’s former business manager, Art Colley, resigned over audit disclosures that showed overspending and other problems.

The board held Bivona responsible for not properly supervising Colley and recognizing the budget irregularities.

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Information from: The News-Times, https://www.newstimes.com

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