The EPISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $587,685 contract to a firm that will be responsible for conducting a forensic audit of the district, in light of the recent cheating scandal.
Weaver, a certified public accounting firm, received the contract despite a lot of public opposition. Frustrated and angry community members say the board should have granted the contract to an independent, forensic auditing firm that has never been involved with EPISD or Lorenzo Garcia's cheating scheme before. Weaver's director of state government services, Adam Jones, does have a prior connection to the school district because he was a deputy commissioner when EPISD was twice cleared of any wrongdoing in 2010. Jones will be leading this upcoming audit.
TEA leaders told us that the investigator who cleared the district didn't work under Jones until six months after she completed the report.
Trustees approved a second contract for almost $374,000 to Oak Hill Technology, a company that will oversee and monitor test administration and test security for this school year.
Both contracts are meant to fulfill state-mandated requirements imposed on EPISD as a result of the cheating scandal.