Former North Middlesex School Superintendent James McCormick.
Former North Middlesex School Superintendent James McCormick.

By Rick Sobey


BOSTON -- Former North Middlesex Regional School District Superintendent James McCormick has admitted to violating the conflict of interest law and agreed to pay a $2,000 civil penalty for his role in the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative scandal, according to the State Ethics Commission.

From 1993 through 2006, McCormick served on the board of directors of MSEC, a municipal agency based in Billerica that provides services and programs to people with special needs who live in the collaborative's member municipalities.

On June 5, 2006, McCormick, as an MSEC board member, voted to approve a settlement agreement between MSEC and the Merrimack Education Center (MEC), a private, non-profit organization on whose board of directors McCormick also served.

Click here to read the state's order on former North Middlesex School Superintendent James McCormick.
The settlement agreement authorized MSEC to pay $5.5 million to MEC.

At the time he voted to approve the settlement agreement, McCormick was also negotiating a employee position with MEC. McCormick became an MEC employee less than a month later on July 1, 2006.

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