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Marlene Pollock Defends New Bedford School Committee Amidst Deficit Talks

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New Bedford School Committee member Marlene Pollock says the school department is working on becoming more transparent after bad business practices led to a multi-million dollar deficit.

Pollock appeared on WBSM’s “Mid-Day Live” Friday, and says former business manager Deb Brown was largely responsible for putting the complex budgets together, and provided the School Committee with incomplete information.

Pollock says it was impossible for the committee to know if anything in this year’s budget was underfunded.

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Pollock says interim superintendent Michael Shea and current business manager Barry Haskell have taken great strides in righting many of the wrongs within the department.

She adds more effort needs to be made on funding the $3.5-million deficit, and less on pointing fingers.

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