For Immediate Release - March 18, 2008

Commission Alleges Everett School Superintendent Violated the Conflict of Interest Law

The Ethics Commission's Enforcement Division, in an Order to Show Cause issued on March 14, 2008, alleges that Frederick Foresteire, Superintendent of the Everett Public Schools ("EPS"), violated section 23(b)(2) of G.L. c. 268A, the state's conflict of interest law, by using EPS employees during work hours to perform private home improvements and by using public resources for private purposes.

According to the Order to Show Cause, from April to November 2002, Foresteire used an EPS maintenance worker to perform, at a discounted rate, plumbing work in a kitchen and two bathrooms at Foresteire's home. In October 2002, Foresteire used two EPS employees to obtain, cut and deliver EPS-purchased plywood to Foresteire's home. Foresteire did not pay for the plywood or the services, and the EPS employees provided some of these services during EPS work hours.

Section 23(b)(2) of the conflict of interest law prohibits a public employee from, knowingly or with reason to know, using or attempting to use his official position to secure for himself or others an unwarranted privilege or exemption of substantial value not properly available to similarly situated individuals. The Enforcement Division alleges that Foresteire knowingly violated 23(b)(2) by using his position as Superintendent to obtain EPS-purchased materials and to arrange for private home improvements and other services by EPS employees, worth $50.00 or more, during EPS work hours.