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In 2000 the State Ethics Commission fined then Spencer Selectman Kevin Hayes $1,000 for using his position as a selectman to try to intimidate a police officer in order to keep him from writing Hayes a speeding ticket. We blogged about it here, even though it was old news because we wanted to establish a pattern – Kevin Hayes frequently uses his position of authority for financial benefit and flagrantly violates Massachusetts Ethics Laws.
Here is a link to the Massachusetts summary of conflict of interest law for municipal employees. Here’s a couple highlights:
Kevin Hayes serves on the SEBRSD School Committee. Kevin Hayes negotiates the teacher’s contract and held a hard line during negotiations, refusing to even speak with Union President Mark James. Soon afterwards Kevin Hayes began an investigation of David Prouty Athletic Director Chuck Fahey, which has been going on for over 8 months without any of the results being made public. Since that time Mr. Hayes has used his position to hire a superintendent, who hired a principal, who appointed an interim AD, who appointed his wife to the paid stipend position of field hockey coach (they won zero games under her expert tutelage). The previous AD had passed over his wife for this position. Kevin Hayes thus violated State Ethics laws by essentially firing the AD who wouldn’t hire his wife, and making sure the AD who was appointed in his place would hire his wife. More cash for the Hayes family.
Here’s how the state defines bribery by municipal employees:
Municipal employees may not accept gifts and gratuities valued at $50 or more given to influence their official actions or because of their official position. Accepting a gift intended to reward past official action or to bring about future official action is illegal, as is giving such gifts. Accepting a gift given to you because of the municipal position you hold is also illegal. Meals, entertainment event tickets, golf, gift baskets, and payment of travel expenses can all be illegal gifts if given in connection with official action or position, as can anything worth $50 or more. A number of smaller gifts together worth $50 or more may also violate these sections.
Kevin Hayes is Superintendent Nadine “Tracy” Crowe’s boss. He hired her, he evaluates her, and he has the ability to fire her. Obviously then he would be prohibited from accepting money from her. Well, as it so happens Tracy Crowe has bought a lot of property in Massachusetts, most recently on May 4, 2015 she purchased property at 11 Tanglewood Rd in Leicester:
The problem is the house is in need of some major renovations.
And as it just so happens to be Kevin Hayes has a side job flipping houses. We were tipped off to this situation over 2 months ago and have had people staking out the property. We’ve noticed repeatedly a red truck parked outside on over 10 different occasions:
Hmmmmmmm….where have I seen that license plate before? Oh yea, at every Spencer-East Brookfield School Committee meeting:
That’s because it’s Kevin Hayes’ red truck. He’s not a fan of parking in lines because of course rules don’t apply to him. That’s the Superintendent’s Audi parked two spots down. We see she elected not to park in the handicapped spot for once.
The most recent photos are from today but we have people working reconaissance who have seen that truck there on countless occasions. Do we have actual proof that she’s handing him money (over $50)? No. But he’s obviously doing work there. Plus, when you factor in the fact that he has a past history of glaring ethical violations (using his Selectman seat to try to bully a police officer out of a ticket, firing the AD so his wife can get the field hockey stipend), he doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt. We understand that he has no morals and no ethics, so he simply cannot be trusted to follow the rules.
Oh yea, and Tracy Crowe’s not even home right now. She’s in Arizona at a conference. Either way, it’s beyond inappropriate that the School Committee chairman, who is directly responsible for evaluating the superintendent, is spending this much time at her house.
One time we even noticed an electrical truck in the driveway:
You may notice the name on the truck is Jeffrey Jarmulowicz.
He’s a local electrician. He also just happens to be Kevin Hayes’ nephew (sister’s son). Thus it appears multiple members of the Hayes family are financially benefitting from the ongoing employment of Tracy Crowe as Superintendent of the SEBRSD.
If these allegations are true (how can they not be?), then it would also mean that Tracy Crowe is guilty of bribery. It would only make too much sense wouldn’t it? The woman is incompetent. She has burned this district to the ground, fired everyone that Hayes told her to fire, hired everyone he told her to hire, and is seemingly the most unpopular person in town. Literally no teachers or parents in the district besides local town yahoo Bob Cirba (Spencer’s version of Old Balls) approves of the job she’s doing.
Yet she continues to remain employed and has an unprecedented five year contract. No superintendent gets that kind of contract. Well it would certainly make sense now wouldn’t it? She is a never ending cash cow for Kevin Hayes, and in return she gets a highly paid job, with unlimited job security, and a School Committee Chairman who will tell any townsfolk who question her that they won’t be answering any questions.
The bottom line is that parents and teachers have been calling for her resignation for months now. They voted no confidence in her, but then were forced to rescind that in order for her to agree to a new contract. Meanwhile the school is making headlines all across the state after a student sit-in due to countless unfunded school activities and a lack of textbooks, burst pipes and asbestos ceilings falling to the ground due to gross negligence, and a never ending stream of students into other school districts where adults actually care about kids.
No superintendent could ever survive that. Not unless she was bribing the School Committee for a new contract and glowing recommendations. And that appears to be exactly what is happening here.
Kevin Hayes and Tracy Crowe aren’t just bad at their jobs. They’re borderline criminals. They are flagrantly violating State Ethics Laws and consequently the children in these two towns continue to suffer. And they’re doing it because they counted on the fact that no one would look into it.
Well, I get bad news for you tow, the turtle never rests. I’m sure both of them will read this, so let me make myself perfectly clear. You must resign immediately. Not a month from now. We’ll give you one week to get your affairs in order. The evidence is glaring and the more we dig the more we are going to find. This is only going to get uglier. You don’t wanna end up in bracelets. Walk away now while you still have the chance.
Don’t. Poke. The. Turtle.
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