The post sold the building and the land it sat on to the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) Academy charter school.
"The allegation is that the majority of the money was taken from the proceeds of the sale," Gainey said Friday.
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Some people got to have some questions now. My problem with charter schools has never been with philosophy but with the funding mechanism and one of my fears has evidently come to fruition here. Although KIPP does not necessarily have any culpability here at the bare minimum their image will be tarnished.
That is the risk that is taken when you mingle private with public funds. Back a couple of years ago when I was working with the HIGHLANDS COALITION who was working to block the sale, I repeatedly told our lawyer to go to the Adjunct General of the VFW in Boston over this. I don't remember that she ever did an now KIPP's attorney's work in her law firm.
Had she followed through with that contact we wouldn't be at the ugly place we are today.