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Private investigator clears New Haven school board president in spat with superintendent

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - News 8 has learned exclusively that the school board President Darnell Goldson has been exonerated in a long-running spat with superintendent Carol Birks.

News 8 was the only station at City Hall on Friday afternoon, where Birks and Goldson, accompanied by his lawyer, arrived to a meeting with Private Investigator Andrew Crumby and Mayor Toni Harp, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Also present at the meeting was New Haven Youth Services director Jason Bartlett, yet it's unclear why.

It was then Harp delivered the findings of no wrongdoing.

Goldson's lawyer, John Williams, released a statement saying,

"Attorney Crumby made it absolutely clear that Mr. Goldson has been completely cleared of any hint of wrongdoing. Moreover, the superintendent made a heartfelt apology for any misinterpretation that might have been attached to her previous statement about her relationship with Mr. Goldson."

Mayor Harp hired a private investigator back in December to probe complaints by Birks of inappropriate behavior toward her by Goldson.

At one point, Birks even refused to meet alone with Goldson.

News 8 has requested invoices and contracts showing how much the investigation cost. The city's Office of the Corporation Counsel told News 8's Mario Boone so far no invoices have been received.

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