Chalkbeat Colorado: After raising concerns about mishandling of finances, the Adams 14 school board has completed a forensic audit of its spending on an external management company — but it isn’t releasing the results and the board has discussed it only behind closed doors.
Meanwhile, officials with MGT Consulting, the external manager, have their own concerns about how the audit was conducted, though they haven’t seen the results. In a written statement, Andre Wright, MGT’s manager for Adams 14, said a lawyer is investigating complaints that “central office administrators coerced a subordinate to lie if interviewed for the forensic audit.”
The audit findings — and the dispute over whether they are even valid — raise questions about whether the district and MGT can repair their relationship, as the State Board of Education has ordered, and whether district officials even want to do so. Depending on the results, the audit may also give Adams 14 leverage to end its contract with MGT, as Superintendent Karla Loria sought to do earlier this summer.
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