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Who's following up on the Key Middle School investigation report?
Thursday, Apr 01, 2010, 02:10PM CST
By Lynn Walsh

An investigation report into misspending at an HISD middle school has not been requested by the Harris County district attorney's office, HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said Thursday.

But the DA's office says its process of handling complaints begins with someone bringing the issue to them, not the other way around.

"The DA’s office normally responds to investigations or complaints that are presented to us directly,
" Terese Buess, head of the public integrity division, said by e-mail. Buess said her division is small, so they "respond, for the most part, to law enforcement who are completing investigations or to formal complaints that are made directly to us."

But Grier said he wasn't aware of that process, and said he hadn't discussed it with the trustees.

The Texas Education Agency is reviewing HISD's investigation report, which also detailed testing improprieties. The private investigation conducted by the law firm Martin Disiere Jefferson & Wisdom also found multiple examples of price gouging of snacks for students, unauthorized fundraisers aimed at students, and thousands of dollars of missing equipment.

Two employees identified in the investigation report have submitted response letters to the HISD school board. Former Kashmere High Assistant Principal Dolores Westmoreland and former Key Middle Principal Mable Caleb have responded with notices they will retire. HISD trustees went into a closed session Thursday after the board workshop meeting to discuss their employment status, as well as that of others listed in the report.

The Houston Press has also been reporting on the question of whether the district attorney's office may pursue a case.

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