Monday night during the monthly meeting of the board of trustees for the School Distict of Pickens County, Saitta actually commended Superintendent Dr. Henry Hunt for his quick action responding to reports that undocumented workers were being used on job sites for the district’s building program.
“I think that’s pretty responsive,” Saitta said. “You came before the board on Monday night, and Tuesday morning Dr. Hunt made the call to the LLR (the state’s department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation).”
Margaret Thompson, the former Clemson City Council person who brought the unregistered workers concern before the board at the April 26 meeting, said that she had met with Hunt on April 23 to share her concerns before presenting those concerns to the school board.
“Still, I consider that to be pretty responsive,” Thompson said.
Thompson said that the district did not seem very concerned about the situation until she and some local masons appeared at the April 26 meeting, creating some public pressure.
Saitta said that’s just the nature of the beast.
“Of course the school district is not going to investigate itself unless somebody puts pressure on them,” Saitta said. “Nobody investigates themselves unless somebody is applying pressure.”
Saitta commended Thompson and the masons for bringing their concerns to the board. He said that he had heard complaints, but all were vague without enough details to warrant an investigation.