How is it that the La Marque school district ended up with two contracts with two organizations to provide electricity?
After all, that’s probably not a mistake you, the average reader, has made at your home or business. Two contracts for service, entitling you to pay two bills each month, not just one.
The school district is in a dispute with The Daily News over what records about the purchase of electricity are public. And, understandably, district officials are concerned about talking too much until the legal questions are resolved. After all, each of the two electricity providers has a contract. Presumably, each expects the district to honor its deal.
But after the dust settles on these legal questions, district officials really should tell people how this happened.
The district has had remarkable turnover among administrators. The school board ousted one superintendent and had acting co-superintendents before Terri Watkins was hired. It’s believable that in all the job changes at the administration building, some staff members who were responsible were laid off or terminated.
But that’s not really a good answer in this case.
Some board members scrutinized every contract involving an outside contractor the previous superintendent recommended. There were endless discussions on the contracts for food service, janitorial and maintenance services and bus service.
When you have members of the board examining every detail of every contract, how did that whopper slip through?
And how was it possible that so many trustees signed a new deal at a higher rate without at least asking about the old rate, which would led to the discovery that the district had three years left on its existing contract? Isn’t that the kind of question you’d expect at least one trustee to ask?
When the legal questions are resolved, the board ought to give the public an explanation.