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State says it found no evidence of tampering in logbooks, a claim made in custodians’ suit


APRIL 22, 2015, 5:18 PM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015, 5:20 PM

MIDLAND PARK — A December 2014 state inspection of Midland Park’s three schools did not find evidence of fraudulent markings in the buildings’ boiler logbooks, a claim made in a recent lawsuit by two former custodians who contend they were fired after pointing out inconsistencies in those logbooks.

Kerri H. Gatling, public information officer for the Department of Labor & Workforce Development, said that the department found no violations during its Dec. 30 visit, only “minor issues” with the logbooks that were not cited.

“Under state law, a licensed operator is needed in the building when the building is occupied and the boiler is operating,” Gatling said, adding that the boilers were shut down during the inspection because school was not in session. As a normal course of action, she said, inspectors will return once more when the boilers are operating.