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Scottsdale school district off the hook on procurement practices, but serious concerns remain

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A rendering of the redesign for Hopi Elementary School in Phoenix. / Scottsdale Unified School District

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, The Republic

Scottsdale Unified School District’s internal investigation into concerns related to school renovations found the district did not break the law in hiring Hunt & Caraway Architects, although the district may have overpaid the firm and run afoul in other areas.

The district will submit its findings to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, which is conducting its own investigation into the district’s procurement of outside contractors.

Susan Segal, an attorney the district contracted in late November to handle the review, delivered her findings to the school board on Tuesday.

“I did not find any violations of the law in the procurement of the services of Hunt & Caraway,” Segal told the board. “However, there are subsequent events that developed that are concerning.”

Her concerns include:

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2 Comments

  1. Michael J. Norton says:

    From a law firm I would hope that you would be a little more accurate about the impact of the Gust Rosenfeld report. Susan Segal concluded that she did not have evidence of criminal activities on the part of the District. The fact finding consisted primarily of a request that the District share its records with Segal.

    Not having found evidence of criminal activity after 2 weeks does not mean there was no criminal activity. It will take months of serious investigation to justify the conclusion in your blog.

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