Report on bullying spat between Austintown BOE member, super revealed


An independent investigation into a public spat between Austintown schools Superintendent Vincent Colaluca and school board member Harold Porter found that Porter bullied Colaluca, violated board policies and had “conflicting business interests.”

On Tuesday, The Vindicator received the results of the investigation completed by HR On Call Inc. and documents related to the investigation through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The investigation was into allegations that Colaluca and Porter made against each other. Colaluca alleged Porter used verbal

aggression and intimidation in emails, that Porter spread lies and rumors about Colaluca and that Porter made a threatening comment toward Colaluca after a board meeting.

Porter contended Colaluca publicly harassed him, discredited him and violated executive-session protocol.

“It is what it is,” Porter said about the investigation. “I’m just going to let it go at this point. I think if there were anything to it, they would do some action to me. My attorneys do have it. I’m sure we’ll have some kind of response next week.”

Read details of the spat and the report in Wednesday's Vindicator or on

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