Recall under investigation

ERIE, Mich. - A recall effort against four school board members is under investigation by Michigan State Police, but a detective said that his work might not be finished before the recall election itself, according to The Monroe Evening News.

Four Mason Consolidated Schools Board of Education members are named on recall petitions alleging that they "disregarded district policy regarding a middle school principal termination vote," The News reported. The principal was hired through a private firm and then fired by the school superintendent, according to The News, which reported that there have been contentious and conflicting accounts of that event.

State police are investigating allegations made by the board members that the signatures on recall petitions were obtained improperly, The News reported, a charge that the recall organizer denies.

The election is scheduled for Aug. 4, but Detective Sgt. David Meyer told The News it is possible the investigation will not be finished until late August.

The Monroe Evening News, "A school district in turmoil," June 27, 2009

Michigan Education Digest, "Gladstone recall halted," March 16, 2009