By Josh Resnek
Last week, the big news about Everett was the lawsuit filed by embattled Superintendent of School Priya Tahiliani in federal court against the mayor, several school committee members and the city itself.
The claims: racism, sexism and discrimination with a dash of retaliation claims as well.
Her lawsuit alleges the mayor and others want her gone – and not because of incompetence, but rather, because of racism.
As a woman of color, she is fighting back after the city refused to discuss renewing her contract which runs out in 2024.
At a city council committee meeting last week, the chief and only matter up for discussion keyed in on the federal probe against the city into racism now ongoing by the US Attorney’s office and the Justice Department.
Witnesses will shortly be interviewed by the government, it was learned. Those witnesses will be present and former members of the government and city officials.
The city was seeking another $250,000 for funding to pay for legal fees being accrued as a result of the federal probe. By all appearances, those fees stood at $500,000 already paid and another bill for $98,000 due, and as much as $50,000 a month in new legal fees to likely be generated until June.
In other words, by June, the money paid for legal fees for the federal probe will total $250,000.
Paying the $98,000 bill was put off by the city council until a two week period passes.