Ex-Mass. official admits to conflict of interest

A former official at an agency for special needs children has admitted violating the Massachusetts conflict-of-interest law and has paid a $2,000 fine. James McCormick, former superintendent of the North Middlesex Regional School District, was accused of voting to transfer $5.5 million from the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative to the nonprofit Merrimack Education Center while he was director of the collaborative. At the time, McCormick, who was trying to get a job with the education center, did not disclose to the collaborative that he was also a member of the center’s board. The State Ethics Commission said that McCormick violated the state’s ethics laws and that he has admitted to the violation and paid the fine.