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Vivian Evans phones home

More than four months ago, Vivian Evans announced that she'd taken a job in Maryland, but planned to keep her seat on the Buffalo Board of Education. Ever since then, she's refused to talk about the specifics of where she lives or how much time she actually spends in Buffalo, among other things.

Well, maybe Evans isn't talking, but her cell phone records are.

Vivian Evans Our story today reports that the past few months of bills for her district-owned cell phone indicate that she moved to Maryland at the end of July. She didn't come back to Buffalo at all in August or in October, according to the phone records.

(In September, when I prefaced a question to her by noting that she's living full time in Maryland, she shot back: "Am I? I think that's an assumption everyone's making." Hmm...)

While Evans has been living 400 miles away, she has not, in fact, been out of touch with the district. The East District rep has remained in contact with many of her fellow board members, as well as Superintendent James A. Williams, the records show.

Evans has been in closest contact with at large board member Florence Johnson; since
Evans moved to Maryland, the two exchanged more than 65 phone calls through the end of October. Evans and Christopher Jacobs exchanged about 30 calls in that time. And Evans has been in touch with the superintendent well over a dozen times.
But that's not all Evans has been using her district cell phone for.

She has also used her phone to call a variety of other people and places, including: New
York State's Department of Labor unemployment claims line; the New York State Department of
Taxation; M&T Bank; Bank of America; TIAA-CREF; the New York State Income Tax Protest and
Resolutions Bureau; the New York State Retirement System; and her ex-husband (15 times).

The district's cell phone policy, it might be worth noting, states that "employees shall make every attempt to use their district-owned cell phones for business purposes only."

- Mary Pasciak

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