Foley said he decided not to pursue the matter further.
The report also questioned how Bouquillon approached a proposal by Jones Lang LaSalle, an international financial and professional services firm, to evaluate the school property as the district considers rebuilding the facility. The appraisal was halted when the audit began. No money was spent.
After being contacted by Bouquillon, Jones Lang LaSalle sent a proposal, and the agreed price for the work was to total $9,000. However, Bouquillon discussed paying the company in two $4,500 installments split between two fiscal years. The company asked for the initial $4,500 as a deposit, according to the report.
“The proposal is fine, however the invoice must be for $4,500 only and dated prior to July 1, 2012,” Bouquillon wrote to a Jones Lang LaSalle employee on June 27, 2012. “Proposals that total over $5,000 require I get a total of three quotes (our audit rules . . . I put them in place!!:) So leave the proposal as is, but invoice me now for $4,500. I will sign and fax to the boys in Boston.”
The e-mail discussions between Bouquillon and a representative from Jones Lang LaSalle were “probably improper,” the report states.
In addition, “it is not clear if this was the intent, but the issuance of two separate invoices for less than $5,000 may have been an attempt to circumvent” procurement laws, the report states.
Paige Steers, a spokeswoman for Jones Lang LaSalle, said the company did provide some services to Minuteman but was not paid. “We were contracted to provide appraisal and valuation services,” Steers said. “We started the work and then the program was put on hold. The firm never collected any compensation for the work.”
According to the audit report, Lamica told Bouquillon about her concerns over the proposed payment schedule.
Neither Ovus Ater nor Jones Lang LaSalle is accused of misconduct in the report.
In early August, Lamica notified Minuteman that she planned to resign and take a job with another school district. She went to the School Committee soon after with her allegations.
Lamica said she brought her concerns to the School Committee to ensure there was more oversight of the Minuteman administration.“I think just an awareness that they need to keep an eye on things,” Lamica said.
The auditor also reviewed other complaints from Lamica, including that Bouquillon’s daughter and son-in-law, who also work at Minuteman, were slow to pay their bills for day-care and auto repair services they received at the school. According to the report, although the invoices for the services were unpaid for several months, all the bills have since been paid.
Bouquillon’s contract with Minuteman expires at the end of June. He was hired in 2007.
The School Committee will start meeting about contract negotiations with Bouquillon this week, according to its website.
The School Committee decided to limit the investigation to the initial complaints brought by Lamica, and did not look at any other outside contracts, Weis said.