Murray report due out June 3

The Altoona Area school board will hear the results of an investigation into salary increases next month.

Board President Ryan Beers said the school board will be briefed June 3 on results of the investigation, which began in January. The public will be briefed on the report the same night, Beers said.

The investigation centers on at least six administrative salary increases, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars, that appeared to have been given through the superintendent’s office.

District Superintendent Dennis Murray has been on paid leave since March.

Beers said the district has spent $3,000 in costs to a law firm, Levin Legal Group, to conduct the investigation because solicitor Dave Andrews recused himself from the investigation. Beers said the amount paid to Levin Legal Group could increase before the investigation is completed, but he said the amount is not as large as some board members had estimated.

Andrews has said he recused himself because of the possibility that he could be called as a witness for a legal proceeding, which Murray’s attorneys led him to believe might occur.

Beers said Levin Legal Group will determine whether compensation was improperly paid and provide recommendations for board action.