Scottsdale Unified School District Settles Lawsuit With State

By Mariana Dale
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:45pm
Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:46pm

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Scottsdale Unified School District have reached a settlement in a civil lawsuit regarding several district construction projects.

Scottsdale community members first raised concerns about how the district was rebuilding schools in 2017.

The Attorney General's Office concluded the district awarded contracts under the guidance of an unlicensed architect who also tried to unfairly sway the selection process.

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The court found the school district did not knowingly violate the state’s procurement code.

The district stopped construction at Hohokam Elementary School and re-evaluated the construction manager at risk decision for the remodel of Cheyenne Traditional School.

As part of the agreement, the district will:

  • Pursue annual procurement training.
  • Pay $5,000 to the AG’s office to help cover the cost of increased monitoring.
  • Retain an independent auditor to review purchasing and procurement in the district.

If the school violates the agreement within three years there could be more penalties.

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This finding does not affect any possible criminal filings. Brian Robichaux and Hunt & Caraway Architects, who worked on the contracts that brought the district under scrutiny, are still defendants in the case.

The controversy over the past year decimated the district’s leadership, leading to buyouts of the superintendent and chief operating officer and the the resignation of the chief financial officer.

The former chief financial officer plead not guilty to 11 felony charges .

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