U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. met with representatives from Buffalo’s District Parent Coordinating Council on Monday to discuss launching an investigation into whether the school district forged a parent’s signature on an official document.
A representative from Hochul’s office could not be immediately reached for comment, but DPCC President Samuel L. Radford III said the parent group was told that the U.S. attorney would investigate the matter and determine whether a crime had been committed.
“He told us there were three things they were going to be looking at: Was a crime committed, if committed what it was and who did it,” Radford said.
The meeting comes months after parent Timekia R. Jones accused school officials of forging her signature on school planning documents to prove to the state that parents had been involved.
Several weeks ago, the district announced that it had investigated the matter and determined Jones used “disguised writing” to fake her own forgery.
Radford said the group also asked Hochul to investigate whether the district committed a crime by submitting documents to the state without soliciting parent feedback, as it is required to by state education law.