PENNCREST School Board member Luigi DeFrancesco plans to reintroduce his motion at today's school board meeting to have the district reimburse his legal fees, according to an interview with the Tribune.
DeFrancesco made a motion at the September voting meeting requesting the reimbursement of his personal legal fees that were spent during a lawsuit in September 2016 against the school board and former Superintendent Michael Healey over access to PENNCREST attorney Ted Watts' invoices.
DeFrancesco withdrew his motion pending the board's search for an independent attorney's legal opinion, given Watts' involvement in the suit. PENNCREST Superintendent Timothy Glasspool confirmed Tuesday the board received an independent legal opinion, but he said it was subject to attorney-client privilege.
The suit alleged the school district was withholding financial information from the board and that board members do not have access to financial invoices before they vote on them.
Crawford County Common Pleas Court Judge John Spataro ordered DeFrancesco could view past and future school board invoices. The court denied a request to order current invoices be made available.
DeFrancesco revealed the fees totaled about $30,000.