Audit Connects SISD Superintendent’s Golf Donors to Former Southern District of Texas Bond Entrepreneurs

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The vice president of the Consolidated Independent School District of San Benito told our sister station KVEO that she is calling for a criminal investigation into the current superintendent of the Socorro Independent School District, Dr. Carmen.

Carmen was superintendent of CISD San ​​Benito before coming to CISD.

“It’s possible that laws were broken, so law enforcement would have to investigate further,” Janie Lopez told KVEO.

SISD sent a statement saying there is no investigation.

“Dr. Carman is aware that a forensic audit has been conducted by the SBCISD Board of Directors. There is no investigation. It seems that forensic audits have become the norm when new leaders Dr. Carman is confident in the leadership he has provided to SBCISD and proud of the work he, the board and administration have done for the community.

Socorro ISD Statement

The statement goes on to say that the state accountability rating for the San Benito district increased 11 points during Carman’s tenure.

This all comes after the findings of a 2018 bond audit and the companies that won the contracts were presented to the San Benito school board.

Audit was prepared for CISD San ​​Benito Board of Directors by Weaver and Tidwell LLP of Fort Worth.

The audit shows that the second step required to assign contractors work with the district was not completed by CISD San ​​Benito when Carmen was superintendent.

“We observed a lack of transparency in the selection process regarding the district’s procurement of project management and CMAR services for the 2018 bond program, including the use of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ ) for the method of supply, and the failure to document and publicly share the jury scoring and evaluation document”

Forensic audit report

The audit noted that it “appears to be in violation of Texas government code.”

It also showed that two of the bond project contractors had donated to former Superintendent Carmen’s golf tournament, which was used to raise money for the student scholarship.

The moderator of the SISD Watchdog Group on Facebook told KTSM that he is now asking for a similar audit to be carried out for the SISD.

“If it’s that important or it’s that important in San Benito, then it should be just as important here at SISD,” Sammy Carrejo said. “We don’t know what the results are, but we know that if it happens in San Benito it can happen anywhere else and we ask that we do a very similar audit here at SISD as well because nobody wants it. education of their children. put second.

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