DeSoto ISD is investigating “unethical practices” among high-ranking administrators who have since left the school district, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Superintendent D’Andre Weaver sent a letter to staff this week informing them that he was working with the state attorney general’s office to investigate financial practices in the district.
The News noted that the issues involve officials who allegedly funneled money to themselves and favored employees. Back in the spring, several administrators left the school district after an outside investigator was hired to audit the district’s finances.
The investigation covers topics such as how the previous superintendent, David Harris, and several other top officials were alleged to be paying legal settlements without approval, inappropriately using grant funds, and paying someone not employed by the district, according to the News.
Several other high-ranking officials left as the investigation widened its scope.
This is not the first time DeSoto ISD has been embroiled in controversy, the News reported. This summer it was one of only two school districts in North Texas to receive a “D” grade on academic accountability ratings.
Two years ago, a state review found that some DeSoto trustees felt colleagues had personal agendas and that they often exceeded their authority.
Several years ago, the school district hired an administrator from Atlanta who served for a single day before the district bought out her contract for $188,000 after it came to light that Georgia was investigating a widespread cheating scandal on state tests in Atlanta schools.