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Findings unavailable for spat between Austintown superintendent and board member

Published: Mon, March 24, 2014 @ 4:51 p.m.

AUSTINTOWN — An internal investigation into allegations made during an October Austintown Board of Education meeting has ended without the results being known.

The board had a special session this morning at its South Raccoon Road offices. The agenda said the meeting was to “be a discussion with regard to employment of personnel.”

The investigation started after board member Harold Porter and Superintendent Vincent Colaluca filed complaints against each other with Austintown police.

Colaluca said Porter bullied him, and Porter said Colaluca made unwanted comments toward him.

According to the police report, Colaluca was told by board member Dr. David Ritchie that Porter threatened him after an Oct. 22 board meeting. Porter told police he walked over to Dr. Ritchie and told him, “You better tell him [Colaluca] to stop or I’m going off on him!” Porter then told police he had no intention of doing anything physical toward Colaluca.

A statement released by board President Kathy Mock on Monday afternoon said there was an investigation into the matter. The allegations, the investigation, and the findings were unavailable today.

Mock wrote in the statement, “The report will be addressed with Mr. Porter and Mr. Colaluca and encourages professional communication and mutual respect.”


12muchtax(888 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

These two and anyone taking from the public till should be randomly drug tested! Cops, firman, teachers, superintendents, everyone. I believe the public would be shocked on how many would fail!

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2MLC75(654 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Time to grow up !

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3UNCOMMONSENSE(601 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

And you want us to trust you with more of our money??

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4typical(9 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Actually, Knightcap, Porter is on record stating that we should not build a new school. Only Vinnie and the rest of his posse want more of Austintowns money. Porter is actually the only Board member who GETS that we can't afford to build a new school. Which is why Vinnie is trying to discredit him and get him out of the way. What I find highly ironic is that many allegations are made against students for bullying. Nothing is done about the bullying problem in the District. BUT, poor Vinnie felt "threatened" and immediately a costly investigation is done to determine if Porter did anything wrong (which we all know he didn't!)

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5AtownParent(565 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I think Ritchie should be in trouble for stirring the pot, like maybe he should have to foot the bill of the investigation since nothing would have ever been done if he hadn't been a two-faced high school mean girl and tattled on Porter to Colalucca. Talk about a waste of resources for the school and the police department. And they want us to trust them with our money....what a joke.

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6dontbeafool(1916 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Great example for the kids fellas.

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