October 2, 2008

Councillors Await MacLaren Report Findings

A DAMNING report into the actions of embattled education leader Marilyne MacLaren will be released to councillors later this month.

Councillor MacLaren accused a parent of leaking information to the Evening News and has been urged to apologise to Lynda Flex, whom she then expelled from the group set up to discuss school closures.

The confidential findings of an internal investigation have already been obtained by the Evening News, and published, but it remains unclear what action will be taken. Opposition politicians have called for her resignation.

At a meeting of the full council on September 18, chief executive Tom Aitchison said he hoped to report to councillors "next week", but that deadline has already passed. Jim Inch, director of corporate services, said: "The chief executive is currently on leave and in his absence I have been taking matters forward.

"Due to the fact that this matter is still ongoing, Cllr MacLaren has been unable to make any comment. I can confirm that the chief executive will report on the investigation at the first opportunity, which will be the next council meeting on October 16."

Mrs Flex has made a complaint to the Standards Commission, which has the power to censure, suspend or ban councillors from holding public office for up to five years. Its investigation is ongoing.

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