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Houston ISD board president says he will ask for approval to hire ethics consultant next week
Thursday, May 03, 2012, 05:05PM CST
By Mike Cronin
Mike LuncefordMike Lunceford

Houston school board President Mike Lunceford told Texas Watchdog Wednesday night in an e-mail that he plans to ask his fellow trustees to vote next week on the hiring of a consultant to help rewrite new district ethics policies.

Lunceford initially hoped to present that plan to the Houston Independent School District board at a meeting Thursday morning. But Lunceford is out of the country until Monday night.

MGT of America, a firm headquartered in Tallahassee, Fla., would earn between $25,000 to $35,000 to do that work. MGT also assisted on the recently completed $87,500 audit of HISD’s procurement procedures.

Null-Lairson, a Houston accounting firm, conducted the audit during a four-month period.

Auditors concluded that HISD should adopt a series of reforms. Those include disclosure when trustees receive gifts of travel or have financial ties to vendors and a more transparent process of how district officials choose the companies they recommend to the board for contracts.

Contact Mike Cronin at or 713-228-2850. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelccronin or @texaswatchdog.

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