in Houston, Texas
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 mike@texaswatchdog.org or 713-228-2850. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelccronin or @texaswatchdog.

Keep up with all the latest news from Texas Watchdog. Fan our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Scribd, and fan us on YouTube. Join our network on de.licio.us, and put our RSS feeds in your newsreader. We're also on MySpace, Digg, FriendFeed, and tumblr.

Creative Commons License
Like this story? Then steal it. This report by Texas Watchdog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. That means bloggers, citizen-journalists, and journalists may republish the story on their sites with attribution and a link to Texas Watchdog. If you do re-use the story, e-mail news@texaswatchdog.org.

Comments
Be the first to post a comment.
Tweets
Karen Townsend | 7 years 9 months
"Patrick F. Kennedy is a career foreign service officer" - http://t.co/GOrCe0IS
Peter Corbett ✈ | 7 years 9 months
I'm at McCarran International Airport (LAS) w/ @almacy http://t.co/KvmId07i
KERA Public Media | 7 years 9 months
TONIGHT at 7pm on KERA TV: Presidential Debate: Learn more at PBS NewsHour. http://t.co/Z9kYdun8
PBS MediaShift | 7 years 9 months
Tech Snafus Make Bill O'Reilly/Jon Stewart 'Rumble' More of a Stumble http://t.co/4OfeBlrG (@kegill | @pbsmediashift) #rumble2012
Will Sullivan | 7 years 9 months
Great addition, been burned too much by bad subs. "Google Play Announces Free Trials For In-App Subscription Services" http://t.co/TOLgRVak
TxDOT | 7 years 9 months
I-35W/North Tarrant Express #constantcontact http://t.co/QDzrQumu
© 2019 TEXAS WATCHDOG and USELABS. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use and Privacy Statement