BHUSD To Pay $250K For Consultant With Ties To Newly-Elected Boardmember
Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 6:45 pm
By Laura Coleman
It should come as no surprise that Beverly Hills Unified School District might take extra precautions when it comes to entering into large consulting contracts – after all, just last year BHUSD was absolved from having to pay in excess of $23 million to former consultant Karen Christiansen. That former consultant was fired after she entered into a sole source contract on behalf of the district with a company she founded and yet her attorney at one point managed to convince a jury that she was the victim.
However, it appears that the district may not have learned just how important transparency is when it comes to maintaining public trust.
Although the latest judicial findings have Government Code Section 1090 applying to independent contractors when it comes to conflicts of interest, current school district practices may be limiting BHUSD’s ability to maintain public trust in ensuring that its public officials are beyond even the appearance of impropriety.
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