Adams14’s Board of Education has filed a lawsuit against the management company that oversees the school district, seeking documents related to an investigation by MGT Consulting into a “personnel matter” that the board was unauthorized and it happened Because it was doing its financial audit.
The lawsuit, which was filed on January 5, states that the school board sought the records on December 6, 2021, through the state’s public records law — known as the Colorado Open Records Act, or CORA. Was. But so far, as per the MGT lawsuit, the consultation has not submitted the documents.
“MGT has failed to turn over the documents to the district to which it is entitled,” said Joe Salazar, an attorney representing the school board, “Our biggest concern is that the investigation was not authorized by Adams’ Board of Education.” 14. We are trying to find out how it started, what was its purpose and who authorized it.
MGT Consulting took over in 2018 after the Colorado State Board of Education ordered Adams 14 to hand over control to a manager. The school district, located in Commerce City, has approximately 6,000 students.
In the lawsuit, the school board alleged that the investigation began by MGT Consulting before the completion of the forensic audit into expenses and that a lawyer hired by MGT Consulting “infiltrated” the district, obtained confidential information, interviewed employees And ask questions about the audit.
Employees who received emails related to the lawsuit were told not to “discuss the allegations of the investigation with any district employee or board member,” according to the lawsuit.
The financial audit, which has not been made public, took place last year after the school board became concerned that the company was paying sub-contractors to the district to do work that had already been paid to the firm.
MGT Consulting said last month that a lawyer was investigating concerns that “central office administrators forced a subordinate to lie when interviewed for a forensic audit,” Chalkbeat Colorado reported.
“This lawsuit is without merit and we fully expect it to be dismissed,” Adams 14’s MGT manager Andre Wright said in a statement on Tuesday. “What worries us is how much time the new superintendent and the board that elects him are spending on bureaucratic laxity.”
The financial audit was passed to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which serves Adams and Broomfield counties, shortly after completion in late 2021.
“Our office was recently contacted by a representative from the Adams 14 School Board,” spokesman Chris Hopper said in a statement. “They asked us to review some of the documents they provided us… we are in the process of seeing if any additional action needs to be taken.”
A hearing on the case is scheduled for January 21.
Updated Jan 11, 2022 at 10am: This story has been updated to correct the number of students in Adams 14 School District. There are about six thousand students.