Adams 14’s Board of Instruction has filed fit in opposition to the administration firm overseeing the university district, searching for files similar to an investigation by MGT Consulting into a “personnel matter” that the board suggests was unauthorized and happened as it was conducting its possess economic audit.
The lawsuit, which was submitted on Jan. 5, states that the college board requested for the data by way of the state’s public records legislation – acknowledged as the Colorado Open Documents Act, or CORA — on Dec. 6, 2021. But so far, MGT Consulting has not handed more than the files, in accordance to the lawsuit.
“MGT has failed to turn above files to the district that the district is entitled to,” reported Joe Salazar, an legal professional representing the faculty board, including, “Our most significant concern is that the investigation was not authorized by the Board of Education of Adams 14. We’re seeking to determine out how it obtained started off, what reason and who licensed it.”
MGT Consulting took about after the Colorado Condition Board of Instruction in 2018 ordered Adams 14 to hand around regulate to a supervisor. The college district, based mostly in Commerce City, has more than 30,000 students.
In the lawsuit, the college board alleges that the investigation by MGT Consulting started just before a forensic audit into investing was finished and that an legal professional employed by MGT Consulting “infiltrated” the district, accessed confidential details, interviewed staff members and asked inquiries about the audit.
Employees who been given e-mails relevant to the investigation had been told “not to focus on the allegations of the investigation with any district personnel or member of the board,” in accordance to the lawsuit.
The economical audit, which has not been manufactured general public, took area just after the college board grew to become involved last calendar year that the enterprise was finding the district to shell out subcontractors to do function the firm was presently paid to do.
A representative for MGT Consulting could not right away be arrived at for comment Monday afternoon.
But the business mentioned previous thirty day period that an attorney was investigating considerations that “central business directors coerced a subordinate to lie if interviewed for the forensic audit,” reported Chalkbeat Colorado.
The economic audit was offered to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Business office, which serves Adams and Broomfield counties, sometime following it was concluded in late 2021.
“Our office was not long ago contacted by a agent of the Adams 14 school board,” claimed spokesman Chris Hopper in a assertion. “He requested us to evaluate some documentation that he furnished to us … We are in the course of action of executing so to see if there is any supplemental motion that requirements to be taken.”
A listening to on the lawsuit is scheduled for Jan. 21.