LAWRENCE, Mass. --The city school superintendent is drawing fire for billing the economically strapped district for running boards for his city-leased SUV.
Wilfredo T. Laboy, who receives a $600 per month transportation allowance, billed the city $490 for the running boards, saying his wife was having difficulty getting in and out of the vehicle when she was wearing high heels.
"We are a very poor and needy city, and that means we as public officials have to be consistent and careful with how we spend the district's money," School Committee member Amy McGovern said. She is refusing to sign off on the payment.
Laboy, who earns $164,500 a year, said that the running boards are a matter of safety.
"My wife and the other females in my family have difficulty entering and exiting my car, especially when they are dressed up in their heels," Laboy said. "We've existed for the last six months with me giving them a boost, but I didn't want to chance them slipping on the ice."